Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies

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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? 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 sustainability. 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 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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Master of Management (MAM) in Sustainable Luxury

Sustainability Management School
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years Switzerland Gland

The aim of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Luxury Management is to offer a hands-on education that addresses sustainability challenges in the luxury industry. This Master program provides a cutting-edge curriculum that integrates sustainability with the luxury management. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. The aim of the of the full time (one year) or part-time (two years) Master in Management with an emphasis in Sustainable Luxury Management is to offer to offer a hands-on education that addresses sustainability challenges in the luxury industry. This Master Program provides a cutting-edge curriculum that integrates sustainability with the luxury management. The program is designed for you to advance in your career and to develop new skills. Cutting-edge cases are presented with strong emphasis on the role of responsible leaders in branding luxury goods. Program Organization: Length: 3 terms (full-time program) or 6 terms (part-time program). Content: 9 core modules, 5 major courses including a project in collaboration with our local and international partners and a final capstone course. Small classes. Upon request, individual lectures. Starting Dates: January, April and September. Requirements for the Master’s Programs: Official certified transcripts and diplomas of Bachelor or Master Studies, with certified translation if not originally in English. TOEFL (minimum score of 550 PBT or 80 IBT), or IELTS (minimum score of 5.5), or other Standardized English Placement Exams. Motivation Letter indicating why you want to study in Switzerland at Sustainability Management School. Copy of Passport or ID. Graduate Program Costs Non-refundable application fee - 200 CHF for EU/500 CHF for Non-European. 1-year program costs: 35,950 CHF (OPTIONAL second year with internship, an additional 7,600 CHF) Expenses & Materials - 450 CHF SUMAS does not currently offer any scholarship programs or grants. Career Opportunities This program... [-]

Master of Arts in Sustainable Cultural Heritage

The American University of Rome
Campus Full time 15 months September 2017 Italy Rome

The preservation and protection of, and public/tourist access to, the world's cultural heritage is has become one of the most challenging and pressing issues for many countries across the globe. Could you help to shape and develop the new professionalism in this area and both safeguard our heritage and inspire innovative policy and practice within the field? [+]

The M.A. program in Sustainable Cultural Heritage trains graduates to face the most important challenge in the heritage industry today: its long-term viability.

Rome is at the center of debates about global heritage. With major international organizations in the city, as well as the greatest concentration of heritage monuments and works, nowhere in the world provides a better base to prepare a student for a career in this field.

Today, in order to make cultural heritage both sustainable and socially useful it is necessary to recognize the need for a multidisciplinary approach to the heritage spectrum. Those who wish to work with heritage will have to undertake many different responsibilities across many areas of expertise.... [-]


MA in Social Innovation & Sustainability

Goddard College
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 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 Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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. The Faculty The faculty in the Goddard Graduate Institute have longstanding presence in the college and bring to their work a host of professional skills and disciplinary areas. Fields of expertise include consciousness studies, expressive arts therapy, ecopsychology, cultural studies, gender studies, poetry, literature, psychology, natural history, organizational and community development, neuroscience, medical anthropology, religious studies, theater, and Ayurvedic medicine, among other areas. Much of the work and interests of the faculty is in keeping with the college’s activist and social justice mission. The Faculty also have a range of international experience both in terms of work and research conducted in other areas of the world and in terms of their own lived experiences. Social Innovation Students may focus on social innovation, acquiring skills and knowledge to engage diverse constituents and stakeholder groups—from marginalized individuals and communities... [-]

MA in Sustainable Development

SIT Graduate Institute
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 USA Brattleboro Washington DC + 1 more

Acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience to make significant contributions in the field of development. SIT Graduate Institute has been preparing international and [+]

MA in Sustainable Development Acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience to make significant contributions in the field of development. SIT Graduate Institute has been preparing international and community development professionals for more than four decades.Coursework is delivered by senior development studies faculty, experienced program practitioners—including World Learning development staff—and grassroots leaders working in a diversity of development capacities around the world. Programs are offered in Vermont and Washington, DC. Both programs follow SIT’s experiential learning model and include: on-campus coursework and interactive workshops; the Global Leadership Seminar Series; a supervised professional practicum with a development organization: and the opportunity to make an original contribution to the field of development studies through a final capstone paper. MA in Sustainable Development (Vermont) Two-year format. Students spend an academic year taking coursework on SIT’s beautiful campus in southeastern Vermont before beginning the practicum phase. Course electives/options. Vermont-based students can take classes offered through SIT’s degree programs in conflict transformation and international education and/or complete an intensive field-based course in the US or abroad. Six months (minimum) of field practice. With support from SIT's Career Services, students find a practicum position that matches their interests; the practicum can be anywhere in the world. Optional concentrations. Concentrations offered to Vermont-based students have recently included community development and social action; development management; and policy analysis and advocacy. *Not all concentrations may be available every term.Vermont is home to a number of local movements and initiatives centered on sustainability and social justice.  This creates a dynamic laboratory... [-]

MA in Sustainable Marketing & Leadership

Fresenius University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time Part time 4 - 6 semesters October 2017 Germany Idstein + 1 more

A Master's degree in Sustainable Marketing & Leadership from the officially recognised Fresenius University of Applied Sciences offers you a basis unique in Germany for helping you to achieve your professional goal of opening up new markets and customer groups by means of sustained corporate management. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. Modern management theory deals with much more than just financial profits. The responsible corporate management plans and organises complex flows of goods, energy, data and finance in the context of social, ecological, economic and global challenges. Green ideas and black figures are thus complementary corporate goals that can be achieved using sustainable marketing tools. Alongside elementary business subjects, the interdisciplinary curriculum also includes general learning material from the fields of management and marketing. You will additionally acquire soft skills such as leadership behaviour and ethics, and learn about global economic correlations. Sustainability is not a fashionable trend but is a "must" for all global and German enterprises in the future if they want to safeguard and develop their competitive advantages. Sustainable management requires a new way of thinking in unknown dimensions. The novelty of sustainability and its relevance for companies to the situation that prevails today will unleash an unrelentingly strong demand for highly qualified professionals and executives in this sector which can only be covered internally. Due to the extensive interdisciplinary competence profile encompassing technical, methodical and social skills, MA students who focus on the field of sustainability will not only find career opportunities in all segments of business from procurement and logistics through to production, as well as in accountancy and marketing, but will also be much sought-after partners for corporate consultancies. This broad spectrum of application possibilities makes the Master's study course in Sustainable Marketing & Leadership an education that offers outstanding... [-]

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

The Open University Of Tanzania
Online & Campus Combined Part time 15 months September 2017 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. Eligibility for Admission The applicant with Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Education with Geography as one of the courses covered with at least a lower second class honours or its equivalent. Candidates who hold unclassified degrees should have a credit or, a distinction in the subject of the intended Master's Degree. Candidates with a Pass Degree will also be considered for admission, if their undergraduate performance in the proposed subject of study was a B grade average or above. Duration MA (NRAM) by coursework shall be completed in a minimum period of 18 months Programme Structure... [-]

MA in Environmental Protection: Sustainability Studies

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Campus Full time 2 years October 2017 Poland Warsaw

The Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary programme 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 Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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 programme 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. Aim The aim of Sustainability Studies is to ensure that the graduates of the programme know how to deal with the complex issues related to sustainability. During the 4-semester Master studies our students will be taught about sustainability from two complementary perspectives, i.e. scientific and humanistic. The former will help them to understand processes taking place in the natural environment, while the latter will provide them with the tools necessary for a holistic understanding of the natural environment as well for effective problem solving. The curriculum is specially designed so as to enable students to experience interdisciplinary learning, extending over various fields of the humanities and natural sciences. Interdisciplinary learning provides students with an environment to develop their flexible thinking skills as well as the... [-]

MA in Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy

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

«Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy» Master’s Program (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 year long history, has won the reputation of a world class educational and research center. [+]

Program Profile «Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy» Master’s Program (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 year long history, has won the reputation of a world class educational and research center. The Program 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). The new Master's Program has an original format, that includes two distinct year-long components: Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy. The first academic year is devoted to sustainable development and is held at St. Andrews. The second academic year is held at MIEP MGIMO at the Master's program in Management, which includes disciplines in strategic management in energy. The Master’s Program can be joined by persons who have a BA degree or a specialist diploma, who are interested in getting fundamental education in the field of sustainable development and strategic management in energy, and who are inclined to research through independent analysis. The term of the Program is two years. The Program is taught in English. During the first year the master students are trained at St Andrews University, Scotland, and during the second year – at MGIMO... [-]

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 in education. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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 in education. Creative Sustainability programme provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, built environment, business, design and real estate for dealing with the significant sustainability challenges, such as climate change, resource scarcity, global poverty, social and economic inequality, and adaptation to rapid global socio-economic changes. CS programme brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different backgrounds and offers students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines. CS students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts. CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies to the students of Aalto University. Learning outcomes Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability. Systems approach: Students learn to implement systemic thinking into problem solving and design tasks that creates new holistic understanding of complex situations and critical infrastructures in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability. Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem solving methods and tools in facilitating... [-]

Global Governance and Sustainable Development MA

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2017 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. You will also have a number of opportunities to gain work experience through three different work placement modules offered as options through the programme. One of these enables you to apply to undertake an Erasmus-funded internship in an international organisation based in another European country. Our international mix of students exposes you to a range of different cultural and national viewpoints, offering valuable insights and a genuine basis for informed discussion. Course highlights - Learn from experts in the field of global governance and sustainable development - You may be eligible for related internship and work-based learning opportunities, including the Practicum in International... [-]

MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2017 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 Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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 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. 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. The SOAS degree offers a distinct mix of modules that covers all the main areas of environmental law in their international and national dimensions. The international and global nature of many environmental issues makes the international law component a key part of the MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development. We offer all the general topics that make up the core of international environmental law. Additionally, we focus specifically on the North-South dimension of international environmental issues given the key role this plays in most international environmental negotiations. The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development specifically seeks to put international environmental law in its national context and examines the broad legal... [-]

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 2017 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 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. The course is primarily for full-time international, UK and EU students, but it is also open to part-time UK-based students who want to explore an international pathway for their career development. The MA course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a "combined planning programme". Those offered a place are eligible for postgraduate scholarships offered by the University. Read more about our scholarships. If you are unable to study for a full Master's, we also offer an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Diploma and an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the... [-]

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 nor 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 [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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 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 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. [-]

MA in Environment, Development, and Peace - Specialization in Sustainable Natural Resource Management

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

This specialization emphasizes the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development initiatives, natural resource disputes, and environment degradation. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. The specialization in Sustainable Natural Resource Management is primarily designed for those intending to engage in community- oriented work in natural resource management, biodiversity conservation, or sustainable development. It emphasizes the enhancement of biodiversity for global life support systems and mitigation of conflicts that arise from development initiatives, natural resource disputes, and environment degradation. Graduates possess the needed skills and knowledge to work with governmental, civil society, and private sector organizations engaged in conservation and development programming, as well as to pursue advanced academic study in the social science of environmental management.The Programme involves two semesters of graduate coursework followed by completion of a thesis or internship tailored to the student’s specific interests. [-]