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.
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.
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.
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.