- Graduate Programs
- M.S. in Sustainability
- Why Sustainability?
- Program Summary
- Core Course Descriptions
- Plan of Study
- Graduate Assistantships
- Apply to Sustainability
- M.A. in Urban Planning and Development
- M.S. in Geographic Information Science
- MBA/M.S. in Sustainability Dual Degree
- J.D./M.A. in Urban Planning and Development Dual Degree
- Graduate Certificate in Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS
- Accelerated M.S. in Sustainability
The M.S. in Sustainability is a 30-credit-hour degree program that students can pursue on a full- or part-time basis. In their final semester, students can complete an applied research 3-credit-hour capstone project (after completing 15 hours of required core courses and 12 hours of electives) or write a traditional academic 6-credit-hour thesis (after completing 15 hours of required core courses and 9 hours of electives).
Capstone option: 18 required hours + 12 elective hours = 30 credit hours
Thesis option: 21 required hours + 9 elective hours = 30 credit hours
Elective Courses vs. Capstone/Thesis
Core classes add up to 15 credit hours. Students may elect to complete the 30 credit hour degree program by taking an additional 15 credit hours of electives or may choose to complete a capstone project (3 credit hours plus 12 credit hours of electives) or thesis research project (6 credit hours plus 9 credit hours of electives). The capstone combines research and an applied project to help students build professional skills in their field of interest, while the thesis involves more intensive research and prepares students for further study in a Ph.D. program or a research-oriented career. Thesis students, with advisor support, work independently on projects of their own design that are well-grounded in the academic literature. Students taking the thesis option must have an approval form signed by their faculty mentor and the Director of the Center for Sustainability before registering for SUS 5990 – Thesis Research.
Required Courses (18–21 credit hours)
Most courses are offered during the evening, and students typically complete the M.S. in Sustainability program within two years. Please note that required courses are offered only once per calendar year, in either the spring or fall semester.
See course descriptions here.
|SUS 5010 – Sustainability Foundations (3)||Every fall|
|UPD 5100 – Research Methods (3)||Every fall|
|SUS 5040 – Sustainable Business Practices (3)||Every fall|
|SUS 5020 – Environmental Aspects of Sustainability (3)||Every spring|
|SUS 5030 – Sustainability in Society and Cultures (3)||Every spring|
|SUS 5960 – Capstone (3) or
SUS 5990 – Thesis Research (6)
Students may take any course offered through the Center for Sustainability as an elective. Center courses are designated by the following course codes: Master of Sustainability (SUS), Urban Planning and Development (UPD), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Since sustainability is a broad, multidisciplinary field of study, students also may take electives offered by other departments. The following is a preapproved list:
BIOL 5480 – Conservation Biology (3)
DIET 5030 – Sustainable Food Systems (3)
IB 6000 – Global Business Environment (3)
ITM 6050 – Project Management (3)
LAW 7720 – Environmental Law (3)
MGT 6030 – Legal, Ethical, and Professional Environment of Business (3)
SOC 5540 – Environmental Impact of the City (3)
SOC 5640 – Demography: Measuring and Modeling Population Processes (3)
SWRK 5798 – Introduction to Non-Profit Organization Management (3)
Students also may search the university's online course catalog for additional electives that support their research interest and career goals but MUST obtain approval by submitting an elective approval form. Failure to do so may adversely impact graduation.