Master of Art Programs in Sustainability Studies

Compare 19 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
Campus Full time Part time 18 months October 2018 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. The project development is documented in exams of each seminar and final Master Thesis, which ensures the application of every topic covered in the Master’s Program in the actual project. As well as contributing to the personal development of our students, these competence projects also provide companies with benefits including access to the latest trends in the area of responsible management through knowledge transfer and complete project solutions for real-world problems within their companies.... [-]


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 have 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 in Responsible Management-Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Steinbeis University Berlin Institute Corporate Responsibility Management
Online & Campus Combined Part time 1 - 12 months October 2018 Germany Berlin

M.A. in Responsible Management – Specialization in Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation) [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. M.A. in Responsible Management – Specialization in Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation Steinbeis University Berlin - Institute Corporate Responsibility Management (ICRM) offers the Master's Program M.A. in Responsible Management (MRM) since May 2010. ICRM has recently initiated a new study track, Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation, which aims at equipping current and future entrepreneurs with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop innovative projects and ventures that create positive impact. In the framework of the study track, two new seminars will be offered: Social Entrepreneurship Social Innovation There will be a strong emphasis on project-based and peer-to-peer learning, facilitated through diverse participants, field trips, coaching and alike. Participants of these seminars will be awarded with Steinbeis University Certificates, which can be upgraded to the Master’s Program M.A. in Responsible Management. In this way, participants have the opportunity to consolidate their graduate education by learning both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to create / lead sustainable ventures. [-]

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. 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 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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... [-]

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. After their training, they will master the concepts and interdisciplinary skills to deliver sustainable forest development projects, develop coherent strategies with systemic management, introduce integrated management approaches to resources and evaluate the services offered ecosystems. FEATURES The professional master is for candidates who have training is in biology, environment, geography, social sciences, economics or planning. This multidisciplinary program trains qualified professionals in sustainable management of forest ecosystems combining uniquely a set of active teaching methods and integrating the ecological, economic and sociological problems to solve. At the end of their training, graduates will be able to offer sustainable forestry development projects, to develop coherent strategies with systemic management, introduce integrated management approaches and resources to evaluate the services that 'ecosystems provide. Building on the mastery of skills, this diverse roster includes distance learning and classroom courses in several... [-]

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 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: International Policy and Management

SIT Graduate Institute
Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA Washington DC Brattleboro + 1 more

SIT's offers a full-time one-year and part-time two-year MA for development professionals uniquely integrates theory and practice with an emphasis on local leadership, community ownership, and global collaboration. [+]

Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management - full-time (Washington, DC) Program features include: One-year format. The DC program entails an intensive, full-time structure broken up into three semesters: first-term coursework (Sept–Dec); full-time practicum and coursework (Jan–May); and coursework, research, and writing (June–August). Students graduate with an MA in just 12 months. Field courses abroad. In January, students can enroll in one of SIT’s intensive field courses providing excellent opportunities to interact with practitioners in the field, learn onsite, and expand professional networking. Three months of field practice. Students spend the spring semester engaged in a full-time practicum placement with a relevant development or impact-investing organization. Practicum placements provide exceptional in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts. Specialization tracks: All DC students gain specialization in one of three professional areas: monitoring, evaluation, and learning; policy analysis and advocacy; or social innovation and management. Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management - part-time (Washington, DC) Program features include: Students attend class one weekend per month in our Washington, DC, center, so working professionals in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and surrounding areas can complete their master’s degree in two years while continuing to work. There is strong synergy between the program’s coursework delivered in the classroom; the hands-on, real-world learning acquired on your job; and emphasis on each student’s career interests. [-]

MA in Sustainable Development

SIT Graduate Institute
Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2018 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 Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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. ... [-]

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 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. [+]

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 ability to think from a... [-]

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. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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... [-]

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. [+]

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 dialogs, defining problems, generating ideas... [-]

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. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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,... [-]

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 is centered (the Rio+20 summit was known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) and around international development 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. [+]

MA Degrees in Sustainability Studies. 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 inter-disciplinary approach to the study and practice of sustainable design, by recruiting students from all creative and design backgrounds and beyond. What will you study? The Sustainable Design MA is directed towards the goal of creating a more sustainable and equitable society. You will explore innovative and practical ways to help realise those visions, emphasising design, creativity, empathy, innovation and activism. The course encourages critical thinking about the social and ecological agendas it addresses. The course is design-based, but not confined to design practice - it includes a significant amount of theoretical and contextual studies. It is possible to choose a dissertation option for the final major project. You will be taught by leading academics and practitioners in sustainable design, social design, social innovation, participatory design, strategic design, service design, design-led... [-]