Master of Art Programs in Sustainability Studies

Compare 20 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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Master in Responsible Management – Project Competence Study

Steinbeis University Berlin Institute Corporate Responsibility Management
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 18 months October 2019 Germany Berlin + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Responsible Management (MRM) aims to give students a broad overview of responsible management within the business context, specifically focusing on theoretical debates within the discipline, business ethics, sustainability and strategic management. [+]

M.A. in Responsible Management – Opportunity to Work & Study through Project Competence Concept

Steinbeis University Berlin - Institute Corporate Responsibility Management (ICRM) offers the Master's Program M.A. in Responsible Management (MRM) since May 2010. At the core of every academic program at Steinbeis University Berlin is the Project Competence Concept, which aims at merging theory and practice. Students develop practical projects in light of knowledge they gain throughout their studies and implement them in their workplace. While working on their study projects, students receive project coaching from ICRM, as well as, if applicable, from their workplace. This process of undertaking a practical project, together with their theoretical studies, greatly enhances our students' development into responsible leaders, as they learn to apply their new knowledge and skills to real business problems in their everyday work.... [-]


Master of Arts in Social Innovation

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego
Campus Full time 1 year August 2019 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. [+]

Now Accepting Applications

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 Design: Explorations and Translations

Iceland University of the Arts
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Iceland Reykjavík

The MA Design: Explorations & Translations at the IAA brings together multiple practices: design, media studies, social sciences and natural sciences. By synthesising and embodying different knowledge and using the dynamic landscape and industries of Iceland as an experimental ground, you will develop a unique voice in the expanded design field. [+]

The MA Design: Explorations & Translations at the IAA brings together multiple practices: design, media studies, social sciences and natural sciences. By synthesising and embodying different knowledge and using the dynamic landscape and industries of Iceland as an experimental ground, you will develop a unique voice in the expanded design field.

To translate this personal vision, the MA Design Programme asks you to materialise and manifest possible realities through relevant media: you may e.g develop a concept for the industry, propose a new sensory experience, or craft a fictional scenario for a future reality. Using both real and fictional design strategies, we work to build ethical awareness, form dialogues to engage with contemporary culture.... [-]


MA in Environmental Protection: Sustainability Studies

Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw
Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years October 2019 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 Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development

University for Peace
Campus Full time 1 year February 2019 Costa Rica Ciudad Colón

The Master of Arts Degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED) emphasizes the 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’ well-being. 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. [+]

The Master of Arts Degree in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development (RMSED) emphasizes the 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’ well-being. 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.... [-]


Master Programme in Textile Value Chain Management (2 years)

University of Borås
Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 Sweden Borås

This program will prepare you for employment in management or qualified research functions in all areas at a textile related company, for example, product development, manufacturing, trade and logistics. [+]

Want to learn more about sustainability in the textile value chain and how the different parts of this chain affect each other? Then this may be the education for you. Here, you gain fundamental knowledge in the textile value chain and specialise in management of different parts of the supply chain.

This education gives you the tools to manage marketing and consumer behaviour in textile and fashion processes. You gain fundamental knowledge about how to manage textile value chains with a special focus on sustainability.

The Swedish School of Textiles is just the right place to study fashion. Here you find well-equipped labs, innovation, and research in technology as well as design, often conducted in collaboration with the industry. Since the Borås region is a textile region, there are good opportunities to collaborations, internships, and degree projects at nearby companies. The Swedish School of Textiles is part of the University of Borås and all programmes within textile are located here, www.hb.se/en/The-Swedish-School-of-Textiles/... [-]


Master of Arts in Sustainable Development (Online with Brief Residencies in Vermont and Abroad)

SIT Graduate Institute
Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 years September 2019 USA Brattleboro Washington Mexico Oaxaca + 3 more

In recent decades, economic disparity and environmental destruction have become ever more pronounced. Discover how current systems have led to today’s growing inequality, poverty, and unsustainable use of natural resources and develop the skills to create change in a variety of arenas. [+]

Overview

In recent decades, economic disparity and environmental destruction have become ever more pronounced. Discover how current systems have led to today’s growing inequality, poverty, and unsustainable use of natural resources and develop the skills to create change in a variety of arenas.

What you’ll learn

Lasting change requires buy-in from all interested parties. Learn the tools of participatory inquiry and design to develop collaborative solutions that benefit multiple stakeholders.

Identify gaps in current sustainable development policy and how innovative eco-social design can be applied in these areas.

Get a global, comparative perspective on sustainable development and regeneration across different geographical, ecological, socioeconomic, cultural, and political contexts.... [-]


MA in Sustainability in Fashion and Creative Industries

AMD Akademie Mode & Design
Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2019 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 International Planning and Sustainable Development

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 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.... [-]


Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management

Royal Roads University
Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 years January 2020 Canada Victoria

This dynamic two-year interdisciplinary degree is dedicated to educating both existing and aspiring disaster and emergency management professionals. In this program, you will learn how to support communities at risk and how to increase their resilience to the variety of hazards they may face, both now and in the future. The program emphasizes an integrated and holistic approach to disaster and emergency management built on the understanding that disasters are more than hazards, and are products of the inter-relationship and mutual construction of the environmental, social, economic, and political spheres. [+]

Overview

The MA in Disaster and Emergency Management program is a 36 credit, two-year interdisciplinary degree dedicated to educating both aspiring and existing disaster and emergency management professionals. The program explores the theoretical foundations of disaster and emergency management as a growing field of practice and study. The program emphasizes an integrated and holistic approach to disaster and emergency management built on the understanding that disasters are more than hazards and are products of the inter-relationship and mutual construction of the environmental, social, economic, and political spheres. This approach supports the notion that disaster and emergency management processes and practices can and should contribute to risk reduction, community resilience, and sustainable communities.... [-]


Master of Arts in Creative Sustainability (ARTS)

Aalto University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 Finland Espoo

Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability. [+]

Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.

Study objectives

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 use systemic thinking into problem solving and create new holistic understandings 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.... [-]


MA in Sustainable Development and Strategic Management in Energy

Moscow State Institute Of International Relations, MGIMO
Campus Full time 2 years September 2019 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).... [-]


M.A. in New Humanities and Design: Specialisation - Environment and Society

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time 2 years July 2019 India Bengaluru

The MA program in Environment and Society aims to critically examine the interrelationships between humans and their environment. We seek to understand how people and communities view and transform the world around them, and are in turn shaped materially and culturally by their environments. [+]

M.A. in Environment and Society

The MA program in Environment and Society aims to critically examine the interrelationships between humans and their environment. We seek to understand how people and communities view and transform the world around them, and are in turn shaped materially and culturally by their environments. This program encompasses research areas that includei) Development and Progress,ii) Rights, Equity, and Justice, andiii) Ecology and Resilience.We use transdisciplinary methods and perspectives drawn from the natural and social sciences to approach and navigate complex contemporary nature-society issues. Ultimately, we aim towards imagining, conceiving and designing for healthy societies and ecosystems that are well-integrated, adaptable, and sustainable.... [-]


MA in Global Governance and Sustainable Development

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years October 2019 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 Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years September 2019 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.... [-]