Master of Arts in Sustainability

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The Master of Arts in Sustainability, offered on ASU’s Tempe campus, is a research-oriented degree that culminates with either a thesis or a capstone in the form of a publishable, scientific paper. Although all sustainability graduate programs emphasize the integration of a broad range of expertise in student training, the MA degree (vs. the MS) is best suited to students inclined toward social sciences, humanities, planning or related fields and interested in a career in research or academia.

Students learn how different disciplines view and approach the challenges of sustainability in theory, research and practice. They develop the academic and technical skills as well as the ethical insights that will help them understand, research and provide solutions to complex sustainability challenges at the local, regional, national and global levels. This degree program (vs. MSUS) is geared towards students interested in a career in research or academia.

This traditional master’s program, offered on ASU’s Tempe campus, is best suited to students interested in knowledge generation and designing new ways to address sustainability challenges, and requires a thesis or academic paper as a culminating experience. The MA is geared toward students interested in social sciences, humanities, planning, or related fields.

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Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability is the first comprehensive degree-granting program of its kind in the United States, with a focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, ... Read More

Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability is the first comprehensive degree-granting program of its kind in the United States, with a focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Established in 2006, the School is part of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability , which is the hub of ASU’s sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. The School of Sustainability offers undergraduate and graduate programs and minors, as well as doctoral and professional leadership programs. We are addressing some of the most critical challenges of our time, and the demand for our graduates is strong. The School’s course of study emphasizes experiential learning, research with faculty, corporate and K-12 work, community service, and leadership development. The knowledge and solutions that are created today will shape our quality of life as well as future generations–we have an opportunity and an obligation to make our world more sustainable. Read less