Sustainability Management Master’s Degree Curriculum Overview

The sustainability management MS degree offers holistic, transdisciplinary training by experienced instructors from academia and the industry. Our low faculty-student ratio and small class size allow us to provide personal attention to all students, while our 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:

  • SM 510/EN 510: Perspectives in Environmental Management (Environment focus)
  • SM 530: Sustainable Business Strategies (Business/Management focus)
  • SM 515: Statistical Methods in Sustainability (Methods/Tools focus)
  • SM 690/EN 692: Project in Sustainability Management (Research/Professional Development focus)
  • SM 501/EN 501: Seminar in Sustainability Management (1-credit course repeated for 3 semesters; Research/Professional Development focus)

Elective Courses Include:

  • SM 520/EN 517: Environmental Assessment (Methods/Tools focus)
  • SM 531/EN 531: Sustainable Development (Society/Policy focus)
  • SM 535: Innovation in Sustainable Business (Business/Enterprise focus)
  • SM 587/EN 587: Environmental Law and Management (Environment/Society/Policy focus)
  • EN 586: Hazardous Waste Treatment and Management (Environment focus)
  • MGT 609: Project Management Fundamentals (Management/Professional Development focus)

Thesis in Sustainability Management (SM 900) can replace up to 6 credit hours of elective courses. A minimum of 3 courses must be taken from the above list of elective courses. The remaining 2 elective courses are free electives that students will choose in consultation with the Program Director, Dr. Sarkar.