MSc Programs in Sustainability

Compare 17 Masters of Science in Sustainability

The MSc is a degree designed to allow students to gain deep insight into scientific methodologies and their use in the degree’s field of focus. It is distinguished from other advanced degrees in the same academic field by its emphasis on practical and measurable solutions to problems, as opposed to theoretical understanding and speculation.

What is an MSc in Sustainability? As a master’s of science degree, it involves interdisciplinary studies in various fields that come together to provide a methodology for measuring sustainability in corporate behavior, building, and economic development. Programs may focus on initiatives like green building, and a variety of certificates of specialization are available to add value to the degree, both during a student’s course of study and after graduation.

Students of sustainability learn how to use data to innovate improvements to systems, a broad skill with a wide range of applications. They also learn great analysis and modeling skills, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the world around them, and communication skills that help them express that understanding.

There’s no accurate way to predict the costs for pursuing a degree in sustainability. There are simply too many differences from school to school, even within the same country. Investigate tuition rates at different schools. Exploring international options could change your cost estimates a lot, especially if you look at online programs.

Sustainability graduates work in a variety of roles that revolve around the use of resources efficiently. In the private sector, they include operations managers and environmental engineers. Atmospheric and space scientists in both public and private institutions are also commonly found to be degree holders in this field. By helping companies, governments, and non-profits learn to use resources more efficiently, workers with this credential help to make the world a better place.

To find the perfect program for your master’s studies, you need to check all your options. That means looking at local schools, online only programs, and international offerings. 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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MSc in Future Food Sustainability

Cranfield University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 3 years October 2018 United Kingdom Cranfield + 1 more

This course aims to provide a detailed critical awareness of the risks, challenges and opportunities of providing a sustainable supply of food to the world’s population, as we move into the future. [+]

This course aims to provide a detailed critical awareness of the risks, challenges and opportunities of providing a sustainable supply of food to the world’s population, as we move into the future.

Who is it for?

This course is applicable for graduates from around the world wishing to pursue a career in food sustainability at a technical or strategic level.

This course is concerned with a fundamental challenge of enormous importance that we all face today; in essence, the many problems of feeding a rapidly growing global population in the future given finite resources, added uncertainties such as the effects of climate change, and a general acknowledgement that our current methods for producing food are not fit for purpose. But it does more than simply describing the challenge - it sets about bringing together the diverse threads that could present pragmatic and practical answers. As such, it is designed to respond to urgent industry, institutional and government needs for individuals who can meet the complex, multi-factorial issues of the global future food supply.... [-]


Master of Science in Sustainable Environment

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Qatar Doha

The HBKU Sustainable Environment master’s program provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable environment issues, including the effect of human development on the environment; the causes, impact, and control of pollution; and the demands of a growing global population on natural resources. [+]

The HBKU Sustainable Environment master provides students with extensive knowledge in topics related to sustainable environment issues, including the effect of human development on the environment; the causes, impact, and control of pollution; and the demands of a growing global population on natural resources.Students conduct original, guided environmental research that concentrates on issues surrounding the support of sustainable development.The multidisciplinary approach to the curricula builds fundamental knowledge that evolves with the developments within the field, equipping graduates with the tools needed to pursue a wide variety of career paths.

Program Focus Core skills to build a successful career in science, engineering, and technology-related areas, including ethics, technical writing, research methods, data analytics, and advanced computing methods. Fundamentals of sustainable development and human-environment interactions related to policy, engineering, and technology and the fundamentals of environmental processes. Water demand, resource management, and treatment processes. Air emission sources and how these relate to human activity, as well as the impact on human health and the environment of key pollutants. Explore the impact of human activities such as energy generation, water treatment, and manufacturing on land – particularly in terms of solid and hazardous waste generation and disposal. Curriculum ... [-]

Master of Science in Sustainable Systems

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 USA Rochester + 1 more

The MS degree in sustainable systems focuses on sustainable production systems, which create goods and services using processes that are non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. [+]

Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in their chosen fields with an understanding of basic sustainability principles and the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.

For example, students entering the program with a degree in information systems may go on to work in the eco-IT field while students with an economics background may work in the area of life-cycle economic analysis of alternative energy systems.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in sustainable systems, a candidate must have:

Earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. One year of college science. One year of college mathematics (including calculus and statistics). Minimum grade point average of 3.0. Arrange an interview (with the academic department). ... [-]

Master of Engineering/Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 USA Rochester + 1 more

Master degree in Sustainable Engineering at RIT equips engineers with the tools they need to meet the challenges associated with delivering goods, energy and services through sustainable means. [+]

Program overview

RIT offers two graduate programs in sustainable engineering. Sustainable engineering refers to the integration of social, environmental, and economic considerations into the product, process, and energy systems design methods. Additionally, sustainable engineering encourages the consideration of the complete product and process lifecycle during the design effort. The intent is to minimize the total of the environmental impacts across the entire lifecycle while simultaneously maximizing the benefits to social and economic stakeholders. The programs are multidisciplinary and are managed by the industrial and systems engineering department.

The master of science and the master of engineering degrees in sustainable engineering build on RIT’s work in sustainability research and education. Both programs offer students the flexibility to develop tracks in areas such as renewable energy systems, systems modeling and analysis, product design, and engineering policy and management. Both programs are offered on campus, and both are available on a full- or part-time basis.... [-]


MSc in Sustainability Engineering and Management

Linköping University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Linköping

This programme deals with the multifaceted challenge of developing products, services and technical systems that contribute to increased resource-effectiveness and sustainability. [+]

This programme deals with the multifaceted challenge of developing products, services and technical systems that contribute to increased resource-effectiveness and sustainability.

It is well-known that economic development and human welfare depend on the availability of raw materials and energy. However, the exploitation of such natural resources has many environmental implications such as climate change, resource scarcity and the uncontrolled dispersal of hazardous substances. In times of global environmental problems and concerns about the long-term availability of natural resources such as metals and minerals, incentives for using materials and energy in more intelligent and efficient ways are increasing among governments, companies and other organisations.... [-]


MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation

HEC Paris School of Management
Campus Full time 10 months September 2018 France Paris

HEC Paris MSc Sustainability & Social Innovation is an exclusive program designed for high potential students aspiring to become influential change-makers and build more sustainable business models in today’s economies. Students will be taught by experts in their field of management, most of whom are members of the Centre of Research on Society and Organisation within HEC. [+]

HEC Paris MSc Sustainability & Social Innovation is an exclusive program designed for high potential students aspiring to become influential change-makers and build more sustainable business models in today’s economies.

Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree to be eligible to apply (N.B.: they can apply in the same year they obtain their degree).

More information and online application: HEC Paris MSc Sustainability and Social Innovation

Master type: MSc

Study mode: Full-time

Start date: September

Duration: 10 months

Annual tuition fees (2018-2019): €23,350

Location: Paris

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MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability

International Hellenic University (IHU)
Campus Full time Part time 18 months October 2018 Greece Thessaloniki + 1 more

This programme offers students challenging, cross-disciplinary modules that are specifically designed to provide a well-rounded education on the multitude of issues in sustainable development. [+]

The University

The International Hellenic University is Greece’s first state university, where programmes are taught exclusively in English.It already attracts a strong international academic faculty and outstanding students from Southeast and other European and Black Sea countries.As a state University, all degrees awarded are accredited by the Government and are recognized in the European Union and internationally.

The Course

The IHU MSc in Environmental Management and Sustainability focuses on understanding the current status and future trends in sustainable development and corporate responsibility. The programme provides the necessary theoretical background to understanding the concept of sustainable development in relation to the operation of firms and organisations and the applied tools and techniques to integrate sustainable practices into their management. The programme offers two streams of specialisation: - Environmental Management - Sustainable Tourism Management... [-]


MSc in Sustainability and Management

University of Bath School of Management
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 United Kingdom Bath

Gain a solid understanding of sustainability issues relating to corporate social responsibility. You’ll also develop your skills in the core business areas with this innovative MSc. [+]

This course is for

Graduates who want to develop key managerial skills with an emphasis on sustainability issues.

Overview

Gain a solid understanding of sustainability issues relating to corporate social responsibility. You’ll also develop your skills in the core business areas with this innovative MSc.

You’ll explore the challenges of ensuring sustainability in managing firms. You’ll also learn to manage relationships with communities, society and the natural environment.

Tier 4 visa scheme

Benefit from a streamlined visa application process and get six months leave after your course.

We’re one of a small group of UK universities selected to take part.... [-]


Master of Science in Sustainable Bioprocess Technology

Furtwangen University
Campus Full time 3 semesters October 2018 Germany Villingen-Schwenningen

The importance of sustainability - the use of renewable resources and renewable energy or the replacement of resource-intensive materials and additives - is of necessity becoming increasingly important in the business world. The potential for innovative projects in this area is huge. Yet despite the enormous importance of bioeconomics in our society, there are still very few degree programmes in Europe dedicated to dealing with these issues. [+]

The importance of sustainability - the use of renewable resources and renewable energy or the replacement of resource-intensive materials and additives - is of necessity becoming increasingly important in the business world. The potential for innovative projects in this area is huge. Yet despite the enormous importance of bioeconomics in our society, there are still very few degree programmes in Europe dedicated to dealing with these issues.

7 Good reasons to study Sustainable Bioprocess Technology Bioprocess technology, Biotechnology and sustainability - 3 forward-looking subjects in one degree programme Participation in exciting projects in the area of bioeconomics in conjunction with companies and scientists during programme Experienced faculty - 20 years of experience in bio and process engineering Current and real-life relevant R&D projects Project management and management skills included in course Course customisation in the area of engineering or the natural sciences PhD opportunities upon graduation Requirements ... [-]

Sustainability MSc

University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences
Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 United Kingdom Dundee

Sustainability has emerged as one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Achieving enduring and fairer societies requires viable economies, sound science and good governance. This course provides training in theory and critical analysis along with the practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures. [+]

Overview

Sustainability has emerged as one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Achieving enduring and fairer societies requires viable economies, sound science and good governance. This course provides training in theory and critical analysis along with the practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures.

The MSc in Sustainability is being introduced in recognition of the grand challenges of water, food, energy and health security facing the planet. The portfolio of environmental disciplines is exceptionally strong in the University as are its traditions of cross-disciplinary collaboration and cooperation.

Along with the flagship MSc in Sustainability, there are three specialised pathways:... [-]


Master of Science in Creative Sustainability - M. Sc. Degree in Economics and Business Administration

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

In the Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability students learn to create new sustainable solutions combining business with architecture, design, landscape planning, real estate and urban planning. [+]

The Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability combines business, architecture, built environment and design to help you learn how to create new sustainable solutions.

Programme overview

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

The global and local challenges increasingly require a multidisciplinary approach as well as education that can address the linkages between the environmental, the economic and the socio-cultural. The CS programme brings together students who are devoted to developing systemic solutions, working in multidisciplinary teams and challenging themselves with practical learning tasks. The studies offer students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines.... [-]


MSc in Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture (Named Degree Outcomes)

University of Stirling
Campus Full time September 2018 United Kingdom Stirling

As part of the highly flexible method of learning, the following degree outcomes are offered, all of which offer a route to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, and Postgraduate Certificate qualification. All students will register for the degree in Sustainable Aquaculture in the first instance and be given the opportunity to change degree outcome at the end of the Foundation modules. All avenues to achieving your qualification are possible on a full-time or discontinuous basis to fit your individual needs. [+]

As part of the highly flexible method of learning, the following degree outcomes are offered, all of which offer a route to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, and Postgraduate Certificate qualification. All students will register for the degree in Sustainable Aquaculture in the first instance and be given the opportunity to change degree outcome at the end of the Foundation modules. All avenues to achieving your qualification are possible on a full-time or discontinuous basis to fit your individual needs.

Aquaculture Business Management Aquaculture and Development Aquaculture and the Environment

Aquaculture Business Management

Aquaculture Business Management provides appropriate and flexible learning opportunities to allow students to understand the economics of aquaculture and set up business plans necessary to establish and consolidate new and existing aquaculture enterprises. The course places an emphasis on investment, financial management and marketing considerations, fundamental to the success of commercial aquaculture operations in any operating context.... [-]


Master in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability

University of Helsinki
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Finland Helsinki

Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. The Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) Master’s program trains you in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills. [+]

Mas­ter's Pro­gram in En­vir­on­mental Change and Global Sus­tain­ab­il­ity (ECGS)

Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. The Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) Master’s program trains you in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills.

Goal of the pro­gram

Global socio-ecological problems call for multidisciplinary solutions that transcend the usual boundaries of science and decision-making. The Environmental Change and Global Sustainability (ECGS) Master’s program trains you in wide-ranging interdisciplinary thinking skills and provides you with the ability to:... [-]


MSc in Aquaculture: Sustainable Aquaculture

University of Stirling
Campus Full time 1 - 5 years September 2018 United Kingdom Stirling

The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions world-wide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and is the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students. [+]

The Institute of Aquaculture is one of a handful of institutions world-wide wholly devoted to aquaculture science and is the only university department of its kind in the UK. The Institute is internationally recognised for both research and teaching and has more than 70 staff and 80 postgraduate students.

Our goal is to develop and promote sustainable aquaculture and in pursuit of this carry out research across most areas of aquaculture science including:

Reproduction and Genetics Health Management Nutrition Environmental Management Aquaculture Systems and International Development Course objectives

Students will attain background knowledge in the principles of aquaculture and key factors influencing the viability of aquatic animal production systems, including an understanding of aquatic animal biology, environmental issues, nutrition, reproduction and genetics, disease and health management.... [-]


MSc in Human Ecology – Culture, Power and Sustainability

Lund University
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Lund

Drawing on fields such as anthropology, geography, sociology and economic history, this Master's programme provides interdisciplinary perspectives and analytical tools for communicating about problems of sustainability. [+]

Programme overview

Drawing on fields such as anthropology, geography, sociology and economic history, the programme provides interdisciplinary perspectives and analytical tools for communicating about problems of sustainability. It represents an important complement to technological and natural science approaches towards sustainability by focusing on the cultural dimensions of consumption and resource use, cultural perceptions of environment and economy, and social science perspectives on the global distribution of environmental problems. A central aim is to help students develop skills in communicating across boundaries separating the discourses of different disciplines, cultural traditions, or the interests of business, politics and social movements. The programme encourages critical scrutiny of the debate about sustainability, but also a serious commitment to improving human-environmental relations worldwide. It covers the major social and environmental challenges of our time, including climate change and climate justice, unequal exchange and use of ecological resources, and the shifting of environmental risks and problems to the poorest parts of world society.... [-]