Program Overview

Sustainability Science is a one-year professional master’s degree program that trains students for sustainability-focused careers in industry, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector. Students in the program must complete a 150-hour professional-level internship; as of FY18, the program contributed nearly 13,000 hours of service to the regional green workforce through its internship requirement.   With the graduating class in FY18, the Sustainability Science Program has over 80 graduates with an 86% employment rate for graduates in the sustainability field.

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 five 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.

86% of MS Sustainability Science graduates are employed in the Sustainability field

  * Data is from MS3 alumni survey respondents, Sept 2018.

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