At a Glance

  • Degrees awarded: Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.) de­gree from Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg and Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Application period: April 1 - June 1
  • Type of programme: The­ma­tic re­le­van­ce, li­mi­ted ad­mis­si­on
  • Study places: 10
  • Start date: Oc­to­ber 1
  • Extent: 120 CP ac­cor­ding to ECTS
  • Duration: 4 se­mes­ters (120 CP ac­cor­ding to ECTS)
  • Language: Eng­lish
  • Location: Lüne­burg and Pho­enix/​Ari­zo­na
  • Semester contribution: ap­prox. EUR 353 at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg, ap­prox. US-Dol­lar 1350 (in­clu­si­ve man­da­to­ry health in­suran­ce) at Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty

Sustainable de­ve­lop­ment is one of the ma­jor glo­bal chal­len­ges fa­c­ing the twen­ty-first cen­tu­ry - this much is bey­ond dis­pu­te. Yet, it still re­mains un­cle­ar in which di­rec­tion, wi­t­hin which so­ci­al and eco­lo­gi­cal frame­work, and by me­ans of which stra­te­gy sustainable de­ve­lop­ment can move for­ward. The­se ques­ti­ons form the star­ting point of our in­ter­na­tio­nal, in­ter- and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch-ori­en­ted, and sustaina­bi­li­ty-pro­blem-fo­cu­sed Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Global Sustainability Science.

Content and Idea

The two-year dual de­gree stu­dy pro­gram­me has been joint­ly de­ve­l­o­ped by Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty in Pho­enix/​USA and Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg. The Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence pro­vi­des an aca­de­mi­cal­ly well-ba­lan­ced edu­ca­ti­on in en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty re­se­arch on the Mas­ter le­vel. The goal is to pro­vi­de the theo­re­ti­cal, me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal, or­ga­niza­t­io­nal, and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve skills that are ne­cessa­ry to de­ve­lop, rea­li­ze, and re­flect on one’s own di­sci­pli­na­ry and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch work and pro­jects in the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces.

The pro­gram­me aims at stu­dents com­mit­ted to en­ga­ge in the wide ne­xus of sustaina­bi­li­ty. By fo­cu­sing on nor­ma­ti­ve as well as trans­for­ma­ti­ve as­pects of sustaina­bi­li­ty, the stu­dy pro­gram­me links the cur­rent sta­te of the art of re­se­arch with prac­tical im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of sustaina­bi­li­ty. Roo­ted in a wide ar­ray of di­sci­pli­nes and ai­ming at their joint fo­cus on the "gre­at trans­for­ma­ti­on", stu­dents are edu­ca­ted to fos­ter and fa­ci­li­ta­te sustainable de­ve­lop­ment in all its re­le­vant as­pects. Ty­pi­cal fiel­ds for fu­ture jobs in­clu­de sustaina­bi­li­ty as­sess­ments and fur­ther de­ve­lop­ment of im­ple­men­ting trans­for­ma­ti­on across sca­les, in­clu­ding go­vern­men­tal, so­ci­al, eco­no­mi­cal and eco­lo­gi­cal as­pects.

Due to the in­ter­na­tio­na­li­ty of the dou­ble-de­gree Mas­ters Pro­gram­me, the stu­dents ac­qui­re ex­ten­si­ve in­ter­cul­tu­ral, col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve, and lan­gua­ge skills in ad­di­ti­on to their pro­fes­sio­nal trai­ning, in par­ti­cu­lar through the in­te­gra­ted one-se­mes­ter stu­dy pe­ri­od at Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty. Sin­ce the­se skills are in­cre­a­sin­gly re­co­gni­zed and re­qui­red of the next ge­ne­ra­ti­on of sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­tists, in both re­se­arch and ap­p­lied fiel­ds, stu­dents of the Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence will be well pre­pa­red to en­ter their field.

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­ti­on of the pro­gram­me, stu­dents will be awar­ded a Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.) in Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence from Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg and a Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.) from Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty.

Programme Structure

The first se­mes­ter ta­kes place at the stu­dents' re­spec­tive home uni­ver­si­ty - eit­her the Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg or the Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty. Here they will take si­mi­lar ba­sic cour­ses in the main to­pics and be­gin their col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with vir­tu­al clas­ses, first trans­na­tio­nal team as­si­gn­ments, and sha­red pre­pa­ra­ti­on for the in­ter­cul­tu­ral re­se­arch (re­se­arch pro­ject 1).

The se­cond se­mes­ter ta­kes place at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty in Lu­e­n­e­burg. The­re, all stu­dents take ad­van­ced cour­ses in sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­ence, de­ve­lop their re­se­arch pro­ject in teams, and de­epen their stu­dies with elec­tives.

The third se­mes­ter ta­kes place at Arizona State University, whe­re stu­dents pur­sue ad­van­ced cour­ses in sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­ence, con­duct their re­se­arch pro­jects, and fur­ther de­epen their cho­sen em­pha­sis through elec­tives.

The fourth se­mes­ter ta­kes place at the stu­dents' re­spe­cit­ve home uni­ver­si­ty - eit­her Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg or Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty, whe­re they will com­ple­te the re­se­arch pro­jects, and do­cu­ment them in a sci­en­ti­fic pa­per. This pu­bli­ca­ti­on is sup­por­ted by the cour­se Sci­en­ti­fic Pa­per at ASU, and by the Mas­ter Fo­rum at Leu­pha­na. Team­work will con­ti­nue in vir­tu­al work en­vi­ron­ments, and the ex­ch­an­ge through the "vir­tu­al class­room" pro­vi­des a space to com­ple­te the stu­dy pro­gram­me to­ge­ther.

Career Prospects

Stu­dents will be pre­pa­red both for an em­ploy­ment in in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly ope­ra­ting in­sti­tu­ti­ons and or­ga­niza­t­i­ons and for a sci­en­ti­fic ca­re­er. De­pen­ding on their in­di­vi­du­al aca­de­mic pro­fi­le, gra­dua­tes will have a wide ran­ge of ca­re­er op­ti­ons in sustaina­bi­li­ty-fo­cu­sed re­se­arch, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch con­texts. They will also have ac­cess to lea­ding po­si­ti­ons in busi­ness and con­sul­ting, pu­blic ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on, na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal third sec­tor or­ga­niza­t­i­ons as well as po­li­ti­cal ad­vi­sing.

Due to the in­ter­na­tio­na­li­ty of the pro­gram­me and the edu­ca­tio­nal fo­cus on in­ter­cul­tu­ral as­pects of sustaina­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges and col­la­bo­ra­ti­on in sol­ving them, alum­ni of this stu­dy pro­gram­me will find new job op­por­tu­nities in ad­di­ti­on to al­re­a­dy es­ta­blis­hed fiel­ds.

Entry Requirements

The Mas­ters Pro­gram­me is ai­med at na­tio­nal and in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents who eit­her have a ba­che­lor's de­gree or any equi­va­lent. Non-Ger­man de­grees will be ex­ami­ned with re­gard to their equi­va­lence ba­sed on as­sess­ment pro­po­sals of the Zen­tral­stel­le für ausländi­sches Bil­dungs­we­sen.

Ap­p­li­cants to the dou­ble de­gree Mas­ters pro­gram­me Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence (GSS) must sub­mit their ap­p­li­ca­ti­on to both Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty and Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty. GSS ap­p­li­ca­ti­ons will be re­view­ed by both uni­ver­si­ties.

Non-na­ti­ve spea­kers need to pro­vi­de their Eng­lish pro­fi­en­cey through one of the fol­lo­wing op­ti­ons :

  • Internet-based TOEFL test with at least 92 points and no section below 22 points, spoken English section not below 23 points
  • International English Language Testing System, Academic (IELTS Academic) 6.5 test with no section below 6.5

The cer­ti­fi­ca­tes must not be ol­der than 2 ye­ars.

Even if you have not com­ple­ted your ba­che­lors de­gree, you may ap­p­ly for this pro­gram­me. You have to pro­ve suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­ted cour­ses at 81% of the re­qui­red to­tal per­for­mance (to­tal per­for­mance of 180 CP or 210 CP de­pen­ding on your stu­dy pro­gram­me).

Ap­p­li­cants to the Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Mas­ters pro­gram­me do not have to pro­vi­de Ger­man lan­gua­ge skills, as the pro­gram­me is taught in Eng­lish.

Program taught in:
  • English

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