Sustainability | Master of Arts
The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Sustainability trains leaders to understand the cascading issues surrounding society's increasing use of our decreasing resources. The degree's core courses are designed to provide students with an integrated foundation in sustainability that incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge in science, technology, business and policy. Master of Arts students build upon this foundation by taking sustainability electives that focus on business, policy, and planning disciplines.
Please review the following sections for more details on how to apply to the Master of Arts in Sustainability.
[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) is optional to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.
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|Application Deadline for Beginning Term||The Application Package||Apply Online|
Feb. 1 (Priority Deadline*)
July 1 (Final Deadline)
May 1 (International)
|Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; Graduate Test (GRE, GMAT, or LSAT) scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Interview (desired), Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations.
(Advantages of the web application)
|Spring: no admittance|
|Summer: no admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.3608
|Director: John Woolschlager, Ph.D.
Program Manager: David Webb
*Priority Deadline: Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by this deadline will be eligible to apply for Saint Louis University graduate assistantships. Please contact a representative from the degree program or the Office of Admission for more information.
Required Application Requirements for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- A committee examines and reviews the applicant and application wholly.
- An above-average GPA
- A review of graduate test scores (GRE, GMAT or LSAT)
- A review of TOEFL scores (for international applicants)
Application Review Process: Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty members.
Credit Hours/Coursework: The Master of Arts in Sustainability requires a minimum of 30 credit hours to complete.
The goal of program is to provide an integrated learning environment that emphasizes sustainability as a unique, systemic discipline. To meet that end, the program works within the following framework and related program level objectives:
- Holistic - The program is interdisciplinary and focused on whole systems.
- Humanistic - The program embodies the principles of service and justice found in the university mission statement.
- Collaborative - The program recognizes that individuals must work together to address complex problems.
- Applied - The program focuses on the application of knowledge to address real-world problems.
Career opportunities for individuals with sustainability related skills continue to grow and the “green” job market is paced to outperform all other sectors between now and 2016. Since its launch in 2010, the Center for Sustainability has become a key stakeholder in economic growth initiatives focused on sustainable development. Our REAL Partners Program gives students an opportunity to work directly with local organizations to apply knowledge acquired in the classroom toward solving “real-world” sustainability-related challenges. Through practitioner-oriented course work, students develop practical, hands-on skills and build relationships with sustainability leaders throughout the community.
As the green economy continues its explosive growth, graduates with a Master of Sustainability degree from SLU’s Center for Sustainability will be well-positioned for enhanced career opportunities in nearly every sector and industry for years to come. Our graduates may also choose to explore alternative career path opportunities with sustainability-related not-for-profits and non-governmental organizations. | Sustainability Career Options | SLU Career Services
About the Center for Sustainability Faculty
Faculty in the Center for Sustainability are outstanding teachers, nationally recognized researchers, and dedicated practitioners. Our faculty members hold degrees in economics, policy analysis, political science, public administration, environmental science, sociology, and urban planning. In addition to our core faculty, we have faculty members from the Schools of Business, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Law, Public Health, Social Service, and from the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
Scholarships & Financial Aid
Graduate assistantships are available on a competitive basis. These awards include tuition scholarships of nine credit hours per semester during the nine-month academic year. Recipients also receive a stipend, health insurance, and extended library privileges. Assistants spend no more than 20 hours per week working for the university. Assistantship Applications are available through the Center for Sustainability. Students can also apply for external fellowships, need-based aid, and other financial assistance. | Assistantship Information | Student Financial Services at SLU