Master of Art Programs in Sustainability Studies

Compare 17 Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies

Sustainability Studies

Attaining a master’s degree is a goal for many people. More in-depth coursework is offered than in undergraduate programs. Pursuing this degree can help individuals acquire greater knowledge and the skills necessary for more lucrative careers and increased levels of responsibility.

What is an MA in Sustainability Studies? Master’s in sustainability programs are often interdisciplinary. Depending on their interests, students can choose to focus on different areas of concentration. Some programs are geared toward humanities, social sciences and planning, and may be particularly appropriate for individuals interested in research or academia. Others are better suited for students who want to better understand sustainability as it relates to economics, natural sciences and engineering.

There are a number of reasons people choose to pursue master’s degrees in a sustainability subject. One is that it is an emerging field. Students who obtain this degree may have an increased number of job opportunities and careers options. Pursuing an MA in studies about sustainability can also teach important problem solving and critical thinking skills that are easily transferrable to many types of jobs.

The cost of obtaining an MA in Sustainability varies by institution, location and duration of program. There are numerous options and it is highly advisable prospective students verify all expenses and fees before committing to a school. Speaking with an admissions officer is often the best way to do so.

Graduates may find themselves in high demand. Both public and private sector firms pursue individuals with this degree. Regulatory and governmental agencies are two potential employers, as are energy, transportation, real estate development and construction companies. Large corporations in all types of industries including automotive, technology, retail and agriculture can have divisions tasked with establishing and enforcing sustainable practices.

There are many schools worldwide that offer this degree. Using our comprehensive database can help you narrow down the suitable options. Students with limited flexibility may want to research online courses as well. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MBA + M.A. in Responsible Management

Steinbeis University Berlin Institute Corporate Responsibility Management
Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 - 3 years Open Enrollment Germany Berlin

Double Degree Program: M.A. in Responsible Management combined with MBA [+]

Double Degree Program M.A. + MBA

Graduates of the M.A. in Responsible Management from Steinbeis University Berlin – ICRM has the opportunity to continue studying towards the completion of an MBA degree. The MBA up-grade offers participants the unique opportunity to build on their studies and receive two degrees from two universities in two years. This combined program represents a benchmark for future management education as proposed by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Qualities of the Double Degree Program

Participants complete two disciplines of study in a shorter amount of time and receive two academic degrees Concepts of two different courses of study are holistically integrated Modules are action oriented with a focus on problem-solving related to your experience Participants enhance your personal management potential through group learning, case studies [-]

Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management (MANRAM)

The Open University Of Tanzania
Online & Campus Combined Part time 15 months February 2018 Tanzania Dar Es Salaam

The programme cover resource and environmental assessment, planning and management to a wide range of students with different backgrounds in social or natural sciences related to Geography. The goal is to meet the acute need for high-level manpower in developing countries like Tanzania in resource and environmental assessment, planning and management for sustainable development. [+]

The Department of Geography offers a Master of Arts in Natural Resource Assessment and Management MA (NRAM) degree conducted though blended mode. The programme cover resource and environmental assessment, planning and management to a wide range of students with different backgrounds in social or natural sciences related to Geography. The goal is to meet the acute need for high-level manpower in developing countries like Tanzania in resource and environmental assessment, planning and management for sustainable development.

Objectives of the programme

The main objective of the MA (NRAM) Programme is to equip professionals with innovative knowledge, skills and values in integrated natural resource assessment and management in order to enhance understanding of current natural resource management and environmental issues. It is intended to mainstream environmental and natural resource issues in development planning and poverty reduction. It provides training on how to link global, national and local concerns, poverty issues, and natural resource management.... [-]


MA in International Planning and Sustainable Development

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course, you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks. [+]

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course, you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks.

Based in London, you will have access to the internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK's first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals.... [-]


MA in Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries

AMD Akademie Mode & Design
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2018 Germany Berlin

Developing sustainable design strategies and management approaches in the creative industries – the Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries Master's program seeks to educate “change agents” who can make widespread changes in the creative industries with an integrated, sustainability-oriented approach. [+]

SUSTAINABILITY IN FASHION AND CREATIVE INDUSTRIES (M.A.)*

INTERNATIONAL, IN ENGLISH

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN STRATEGIES - SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND TEXTILES - SUSTAINABLE MARKETING AND BUSINESS - SUSTAINABLE DESIGN ANTHROPOLOGY

Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries (M.A.)

Developing sustainable design strategies and management approaches in the creative industries – the Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries Master's program seeks to educate “change agents” who can make widespread changes in the creative industries with an integrated, sustainability-oriented approach.

This unique program is aimed at creative designers, as well as solution-oriented managers, who have an awareness of resources and want to position themselves in an environmentally, ethically, socially and economically sustainable way.... [-]


MA in Social Innovation

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
Campus Full time 1 year August 2018 USA San Diego

Leading social change is hard work that requires innovative vision backed by entrepreneurial skills and a deep understanding of the problem at hand. Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises. [+]

Application Deadline: March 15

Spotting the need for change isn't hard and it is possible to make a difference; all you need is a passion for social change and the skills necessary to put your ideas into action. Leading social change is hard work that requires innovative vision backed by entrepreneurial skills and a deep understanding of the problem at hand. Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Innovation (MASI) look critically at the roots of social challenges and injustice, then seek to create real change through bold new responses to poverty, inequality, human rights abuses and humanitarian crises.

No other master's degree brings together the unique skills and expertise gained at a peace school in collaboration with leadership, humanities, science, and business. ... [-]

MA in Environmental Protection: Sustainability Studies

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Campus Full time 2 years October 2018 Poland Warsaw

The Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary program which aims at fostering students’ understanding, appreciation, and thoughtful problem-solving skills regarding the relationship and interactions between human society and the environment. The studies will provide the interdisciplinary background that is needed to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world and will equip students with the skills needed to develop solutions to these problems. [+]

About studies

Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The field of Sustainability Studies explores and critiques ways to achieve it in the context of maintaining ecological and environmental health while generating economic welfare and ensuring social justice. The Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary program which aims at fostering students’ understanding, appreciation, and thoughtful problem-solving skills regarding the relationship and interactions between human society and the environment. The studies will provide the interdisciplinary background that is needed to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world, and will equip students with the skills needed to develop solutions to these problems.... [-]


MA in Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy

Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Russia Moscow United Kingdom Saint Andrews + 2 more

«Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy» Master’s Programme (with the graduates majoring in Management) is run jointly with St Andrews University, one of the oldest and leading British universities that, during its six hundred years long history, has won the reputation of a world-class educational and research centre. [+]

Programme Profile

«Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy» Master’s Programme(with the graduates majoring in Management) is run jointly with St Andrews University, one of the oldest and leading British universities that, during its six hundred years long history, has won the reputation of a world-class educational and research centre.

The Programme provides a unique opportunity for five Russian and five British master students to become experts both in sustainable energy and strategic management in energy. The graduates receive two diplomas and two master degrees: St Andrews University diploma in sustainable development (Master of Arts in Sustainable Development) and MGIMO University diploma in management (Master of Arts in Management).... [-]


Master of Arts in Creative Sustainability

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Espoo Helsinki Pori Mikkeli + 3 more

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects of education. [+]

The Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability combines business, architecture, built environment, design, and real estate to help you learn how to create new sustainable solutions. http://acs.aalto.fi

Programme overview

Creative Sustainability programme (CS) provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, built environment, business and design. It allows students to study and develop solutions to global sustainability concerns such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty as well as social and economic inequality.

Global and local challenges call for multidisciplinary approaches and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects of education. CS programme brings together students who are devoted to develop systemic solutions, work in multidisciplinary teams and challenge themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies offer students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines.... [-]


MA in Global Governance and Sustainable Development

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2018 United Kingdom London UK Online + 2 more

Quality of governance is increasingly recognised as central to sustainable development, which requires achieving just and legitimate outcomes in major global socio-economic and environmental issues such as poverty, climate change, food security and biodiversity loss. [+]

With the rise of sustainable development as a major issue of the international policy agenda, it is essential that global intergovernmental, as well as governmental agencies, have access to professionals that hold the necessary analytical skills and knowledge to address these challenging governance issues in varying contexts. This master's degree aims to provide you with skills to become such a professional - enhancing your knowledge and skills with respect to global governance approaches and instruments focused on environmental sustainability and social justice.

You will explore various approaches to how intergovernmental and national strategies, policies and projects pertaining to these global governance issues are formulated, implemented and evaluated. The critical case study approach used in teaching will enable you to develop the skills required for working in the private sector or with global and national public or third sector agencies leading and managing change in a global environment.... [-]


MA In Sustainable Management Of Forest Ecosystems

Université Du Québec En Outaouais UQO
Campus Full time September 2018 Canada Gatineau Saint-Jérôme

[..] This multidisciplinary control is for candidates who wish to become skilled professionals in the sustainable management of forest ecosystems. [+]

The management of forest ecosystems in specialized workers involved in the definition, management and resolution of problems of various kinds in order to contribute to the implementation of sustainable forest development.

They provide ecosystem management and sustainable forest planning taking into account, in their principles and practices of management, multiple user needs, the demands of interest groups, the land use objectives and protection of forest ecosystems .

In this perspective, this multidisciplinary control is for candidates who wish to become skilled professionals in the sustainable management of forest ecosystems. Thanks to active teaching methods that integrate ecological, economic and sociological, students will develop their ability to define, manage and solve complex problems.... [-]


MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. [+]

MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

Duration: One year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development provides a unique specialisation in a rapidly developing area of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. At SOAS, we understand the environment in a broad sense which includes not only environmental issues strictly speaking but also all the links that they have with other areas such as natural resources, human rights, economic development trade or intellectual property rights. In other words, there is a very direct and close link between environmental law and sustainable development. This is not surprising since sustainable development has been the umbrella concept guiding the development of environmental law since the late 1980s. It remains the central concept around which environmental law and policy are centred (the Rio+20 summit was known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) and around international development, the policy is focused at least until 2030 in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.... [-]


MA in Sustainable Design

Kingston University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Kingston + 1 more

This course is aimed at designers, creative workers and other specialists who want to direct their practice towards progressive sustainability and social agendas. It focuses on the value of design as a vehicle for addressing social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. It will equip you with the knowledge, capabilities and confidence to challenge the status quo by applying design thinking to the generation of design-led interventions for a sustainable future. [+]

Choose Kingston's Sustainable Design MA

This course is aimed at designers, creative workers and other specialists who want to direct their practice towards progressive sustainability and social agendas. It focuses on the value of design as a vehicle for addressing social and ecological concerns in both developed and developing world settings. It will equip you with the knowledge, capabilities and confidence to challenge the status quo by applying design thinking to the generation of design-led interventions for a sustainable future.

Key features

The overarching course philosophy, based on an emphasis on research, methodology and design thinking, allows individual and personal concerns to be explored through focused study in sustainable design. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study and practice of sustainable design, by recruiting students from all creative and design backgrounds and beyond. What will you study? ... [-]

MA in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development

University for Peace
Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

It is not a Master's degree in business or economics, it is something which incorporates and goes beyond both. The degree offers alternative methods of managing the ever-evolving political, economic and social problems faced by many societies. We will challenge you to analyze, debate and find creative solutions for building a better world. We need you in order to overcome today's challenges with your experiences, expertise and innovative ideas. [+]

Our Master of Arts (MA) degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development emphasizes economic and management perspectives of peace while focusing on the concepts of sustainability and responsibility. Its creation was based on the belief that to better contribute to the promotion of sustainable peace, it is imperative to explore what role the economy plays in the world today and its impact on our environment and societies’ wellbeing. Issues of rural and urban poverty, growing inequalities and disparities, environmental degradation, financial crises, and globalization are challenging political-economic stability and social cohesion in all societies. Modern society faces the growing challenge of sustainability; finding solutions that will maintain and protect social systems for future generations. Students from the RMSED Program will become responsible managers with strong emphasis on sustainability that will be able to work in the corporate sector, public sector or social sector, both in industrialized and developing countries.... [-]


MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability

Goddard College
Campus Full time Part time September 2018 USA Plainfield

he Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability is a 48-credit degree intended for students who seek low-residency, interdisciplinary and self-designed graduate studies, focusing on social innovation and sustainability at the community level, as well as those looking to transform non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations, enterprises, and processes. [+]

MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability

The Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability is a 48-credit degree intended for students who seek low-residency, interdisciplinary and self-designed graduate studies, focusing on social innovation and sustainability at the community level, as well as those looking to transform non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations, enterprises, and processes.

Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability will acquire the practical knowledge needed to advance in their current careers or to start a new vocational path and will gain the theoretical foundation and skills to generate innovative and sustainable methods of solving vexing social, environmental and economic challenges.... [-]


MA in Environment, Development, and Peace - Specialization in Sustainable Food Systems

University for Peace
Campus Full time 1 year February 2018 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems. [+]

Our specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) emerges from the understanding that we must urgently change our relationship to food production and consumption in order to move towards greater sustainability. It emphasizes that food systems comprise many parts and operate in complex social and agro-ecological contexts. Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems.

The specialization takes advantage of Costa Rica’s unique location by studying all facets of agriculture and food consumption, from the plantation-style production of export crops to local, organic and permaculture production systems. The UPEACE garden also serves as a fundamental part of the curriculum; it is integrated into existing courses and serves as a space for informal learning throughout the school year. This specialization prepares students to work as professionals in emerging food systems-related jobs in civil society organizations, governmental institutions, and international organizations.... [-]