Sustainability Management Master’s Degree Curriculum Overview

The sustainability management master’s degree offers holistic, transdisciplinary training by experienced instructors from both academia and industry. Our low faculty-student ratio and small class size to provide personal attention to all students, while strong industry connections allow for real-world project experience with industry experts. The sustainability management master’s program also offers courses that prepare students to take qualifying exams for PMP and ISSP-SA certifications.

By the end of this program, students will be able to:

  • Lead large-scale sustainability initiatives in a variety of sectors for tangible, positive impacts
  • Translate science and technology into actionable information for decision-makers
  • Promote sustainability at a higher level through policy, regulation and global engagement
  • Align sustainability strategies with business models to increase profit
  • Contribute to environmental justice by helping organizations uphold a culture of sustainability
  • Implement sustainability and green design into urban planning

Below are some of the typical courses available in this program.

Core Courses Include:

Environment-Society Core

  • Perspectives in Environmental Management
  • Environmental Law and Management

Business-Management Core

  • Sustainable Business Strategies
  • Project Management

Methods-Tools Core

  • Environmental Assessment
  • Statistical Methods in Sustainability

Research Core

  • Seminar in Sustainability Management (1-credit course repeated for 3 semesters)
  • Project in Sustainability Management

Electives Include:

Students either do Thesis (SM 900) or take two elective courses based on their disciplinary backgrounds. These courses may be from one of two tracks, or a combination of the two tracks, or a common track. Some examples of courses from these tracks (not an exhaustive list):

Science and Engineering Track

  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Solar Energy: Theory and Applications
  • Solar Energy: System Design
  • Wind Energy: Theory and Applications
  • Biofuels Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Biology
  • Sustainable Design
  • Green Construction

Social Science and Business Track

  • Organization Behavior and Theory
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Policy
  • History of Water
  • Ethics of Business and Technology
  • Labor Relations
  • Discovering and Exploiting Entrepreneurship Opportunities
  • Economics for Managers
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Management

Common between two tracks:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Global Warming – Weather
  • Climate and Society




If you have existing graduate credits or experience in this area of study, contact [email protected] to discuss opportunities to include it in the curriculum.