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Graduate MS Program, Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Sustainability

Knowledge of environmental sustainability, integrating understanding of the earth’s physical system with environmental economics, policy analysis, and effective planning, is essential to a world threatened by ongoing environmental degradation. The Master of Science program in Environmental Sustainability has three objectives. One objective is to provide students with a cross-disciplinary understanding of the theory and practice of sustainability. A second objective is to educate and equip students with the analytical and policy skill set to help organizations, businesses, institutions, and communities to understand, adapt, and implement sustainability strategies. The program is also designed to produce graduates whose expertise will drive the next phase of intellectual, organizational, and societal thinking on environmental sustainability.

The M.S. program in Environmental Sustainability includes a thesis option and a non-thesis option. Both programs require the completion of five courses with a grade of B or better in each course. The specific course requirements are GEOG 5433 (Environmental Sustainability—Theory and Practice), GEOG 5243 (Systems Thinking and Knowledge Integration), GEOG 5253 (Economics of Sustainability), GEOG 5333 (Corporate Environmental Strategy), and GEOG 5543 (Life Cycle Analysis).

The thesis option requires completion of 30 hours of course work, including the five required courses and the successful completion and defense of an M.S. thesis. The non-thesis option requires completion of 33 hours of course work, including the five required courses and the successful completion of a comprehensive final examination. Remaining courses for both programs are graduate-level electives selected by the student in consultation with his or her academic advisor.

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