Sustainability and Environment, M.S.

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In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit:

  • A resume/C.V.
  • A personal statement summarizing student's background and interests.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts.

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or appropriately evaluated credentials for non-U.S. schools. An undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred.

GRE scores are optional.

For further information, consult the M.S. in Sustainability and Environment Prospective Student FAQ.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 36 credit hours

Core Courses (18 credits)
GES 662Sustainability3
GES 664Environment3
GES 682Topics in Ethics and Aesthetics3
GES 684Topics in Development and Economics3
GES 686Topics in Equity and Society 3
GES 688Topics in Environmental Sciences 3
Department Electives (9 credits)
Select three courses (9 credits) from GES graduate courses relevant to sustainability and environment 1, 39
Interdisciplinary Electives (9 credits)
Select three courses (9 credits) from graduate courses outside of GES relevant to sustainability and environment 29
Final Project
Select one of the following options: 3
Internship (3 credits)
Capstone (3 credits)
Capstone in Sustainability and Environment (course pending approval)
Thesis (6 credits)
Total Credit Hours36

As approved by advisor. May include repeats of one or more courses from the Core Courses requirement if the topic varies.


As approved by advisor. May include transfer credits.


A final project (internship, capstone, or thesis) as approved by the student's advisor is required and counts as credits towards the Department Electives. The final project satisfies the capstone experience or thesis requirements for master's degrees. Students electing the:

  • Internship option must complete 3 credits in GES 695
  • Capstone option must complete 3 credits in GES 697
  • Thesis option must complete 6 credits in GES 699


The department and interdisciplinary electives will be customized with the student based on interests and professional needs in one of four focus areas:

  • Natural Sciences (courses from e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, geography, etc.)
  • Equity and Society (courses from e.g. policy, sociology, history, women’s and gender studies, African and African Diaspora Studies, geography, etc.)
  • Development and Economics (courses from e.g. business, economics, sustainable tourism, etc.)
  • Ethics and Aesthetics (courses from e.g. philosophy, literature, art, music, theater, dance, etc.)