Are you passionate about sustainable development? Would you like to ensure that the resources that we now have will still be available for future generations? And can you see yourself developing strategies to steer governments and companies towards sustainable behavior? Then the master’s program in Sustainability Science, Policy, and Society is the perfect program for you! This interdisciplinary program focuses on different factors that affect sustainability, such as global dynamics, policy, governance, and law. You'll also learn how to design, conduct and evaluate sustainability assessments. Upon graduation, you'll have all the training you need to pursue a career as a policymaker, sustainability coordinator, strategic policy analyst, or sustainability consultant, but careers in academia will also be open to you.
1-year, full-time master's, taught in English
an interdisciplinary approach and an international context
the program has a high staff/student ratio
you'll work on an actual case for real clients
starts in September
weekly: 10-12 hrs classes, 25-30 hrs group work/individual study
you’ll get an MSc in Sustainability Science, Policy, and Society
Why this program?
The world needs professionals who are able to recognize, analyze and respond to sustainability challenges. Who can design, conduct and evaluate sustainability assessments in collaboration with stakeholders and operate at the interface of science, policy, and society? In the Sustainability Science, Policy, and Society program, you'll learn to do just that. You'll be familiarised with the fundamentals of sustainable development and you’ll learn to design, conduct, and evaluate sustainability assessments for policy-making purposes.
What will you learn?
Recognize, analyze, and respond to sustainability challenges
Design, conduct and evaluate sustainability assessments, mostly in an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary context
Operate at the interface of science, policy, and society
Courses & curriculum 2022 - 2023
The Sustainability Science, Policy and Society program consists of three elements:
a scientific base in sustainable development and policymaking
courses in which you will learn how to design, conduct and evaluate sustainability assessment
courses that focus on improving your skills and a master’s thesis on a real-world sustainability issue
SSP2011 Sustainable Development
SSP2031 Sustainability Science
SSP4011 Sustainability Assessment Skills
SSP1022 Problem-based Learning and Academic Skills
SSP2081 Innovation for Sustainable Development
SSP2041 Governance for Sustainable Development
SSP3011 Thesis Research Proposal
SSP3031 Research Approaches and Methods
SSP2052 Sustainability, Law and the Environment
SSP2062 Methodology for Sustainability Assessment
SSP2071 Integrated Sustainability Project
SSP3021 Thesis Research and Writing
Rankings & recognition
Sustainability Science and Policy is the #1 'Political Science and Public Administration' master's program in the Netherlands
Sustainability Science and Policy evaluated as ‘satisfactory’ in NVAO’s accreditation 2018
UM is the sixth-best Young University in the world?
As a Sustainability Science, Policy, and Society​ student, you'll learn to cope with sustainability challenges from an integrated perspective to support policymaking. Upon graduation, you'll be a well-qualified, interdisciplinary professional in the field of sustainable development. The skills you’ll develop during this master's program will make you capable of contributing to the pursuit of sustainable development in a constructive and critical way.
Sustainability Science, Policy, and Society graduates can look forward to a diverse and challenging career with plenty of job opportunities. In a recent study conducted by Maastricht University, different stakeholders active in sustainability policy-making, such as the business community, non-governmental organizations, international scientific organizations, and other institutions for higher education, indicated that they have a need for graduates in this field.
The MSc SSPS program will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and competencies that will enable you to find a position in governmental, non-governmental, or commercial organizations. You could pursue a career as a:
analyst of strategic policies
consultant in sustainability issues
"The Master Sustainability Science and Policy provided an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of sustainability challenges"
---- Andrea Roxin (Namibia), Master of Sustainability Science and Policy