Should I Apply


If you seek a high-level career as a sustainability professional and you’re ready to pursue a rigorous graduate program, then you’re in the right place! From community-focused NGOs to multinational Fortune 500 companies, from local government to state and federal agencies, there is growing demand for those with an advanced sustainability degree and real-world training. Our accelerated 1-year program positions students to seize these opportunities and build careers that are personally meaningful and socially impactful.


What kind of students are you looking for?
We're looking for students from diverse backgrounds and professional levels; ranging from highly motivated recent undergraduates to those with extensive professional experiences. We recognize sustainability as a broad discipline and encourage applicants from a variety of undergraduate fields. This diversity, in experience and academic backgrounds, creates a rich multi-disciplinary learning environment for our students.


Is this the right program for me?
Our accelerated 1-year program is designed for highly-motivated students who want a tailored graduate school experience and a professional sustainability career. The program is organized around four concentrations, but students enjoy wide discretion in selecting courses that best fit their individual interests and aspirations. This blending of clear milestones with maximum flexibility is combined with faculty mentorship and applied professional opportunities.

Students graduate with: (1) a systems thinking approach to understanding the interrelated scientific, social, economic, and political underpinnings of sustainability challenges; (2) critical thinking and communications skills; (3) real-world pragmatic training and field experiences; (4) a network of peers and colleagues who are committed to each others’ success.

Our alumni are advising governors, reporting to top CEO’s, and changing the food and energy systems across New England.


What do I need to apply?
To apply, prospective students must submit an online application to the UMass Amherst Graduate School.  The application packet includes a personal statement, resume, official transcripts, and at least two letters of recommendation. International students are also required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. As of 2015, GRE test scores are no longer required.

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