Program Overview


The MS in Sustainability Science trains students to be integrated thinkers who are ready to tackle the socio-environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Entering students first build a common disciplinary foundation through core knowledge courses. They acquire breadth in environmental systems, urban and social systems, economics, and political science through electives. Next, students develop specialization in one of four concentration areas: Urban Sustainability, Renewable Energy and Efficient Design, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Water Sustainability and Climate Change, and Environmental Quality. The program culminates with a 4-credit practicum where students apply their educational training in a real-world professional setting.

By combining core knowledge, electives, specialization, and a practicum, students build a strong intellectual foundation for analyzing interconnections between social, economic and ecological systems, and hone a professional level of expertise in their chosen concentration.

Housed within the Department of Environmental Conservation at Massachusetts’s flagship public University, students are part of a thriving intellectual community dedicated to sustainability.

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