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Graduates are well versed in the science of environmental sustainability and management and understand the practical applications. The program is appropriate for recent graduates and for those who are already working. The coursework will enhance your employment prospects and allow you to experience sustainability challenges first-hand. A detailed curriculum guide is available here.

Program Structure

The International Master’s Program in Environmental Management and Sustainability includes core classes covering fundamental aspects of sustainability and critical models and concepts. The program is designed to build holistic thinking and problem-solving using systems perspectives on environmental and sustainability challenges. The core curriculum includes:

  • Earth Systems & the sustainability of natural resources
  • Sustainability, society & change
  • Systems thinking
  • Sustainability policy & governance
  • Mediterranean field study (overseas field trip)

The program also focuses on sustainability challenges within specific thematic areas, including: 

  • Managing freshwater resources
  • Biodiversity conservation planning
  • Industrial ecology
  • Food resources & security
  • Energy conservation & sustainability

Our curriculum is enriched by analytical methods courses that allow you to customize your program of study with electives and special topics courses. We also explicitly train you in project management in a cross-cultural environment, allowing you to work comfortably and easily in an international setting.

The final capstone project provides further opportunity for students to explore a subject of their choice in-depth. The project is conducted under the guidance of program faculty and may potentially be combined with professional placement opportunities. A traditional master’s thesis is an option for highly motivated students, but is not required.

“The program gave me an interdisciplinary background which allows me to break from traditional silo thinking …I also gained a pragmatism in what conservation/ management actions are actually feasible that is lacking in some of my peers.”

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will experience different teaching and learning methods, including lectures, field-based classes, case study analysis techniques, group project work, presentations, seminar discussions, and others. Significant emphasis is also placed on independent, learner-directed study.

Program Coursework

Credit Hours
Core Courses 16
Earth Systems and the Sustainability of Natural Resources 2
Sustainability, Society, and Change 3
Systems Thinking 4
Mediterranean Field Study 2
Integrated Case Analysis Seminar (Fall Semester)  1
Comparative Sustainability Policy  3
Special Topics in Policy and Governance  1
Analytical Methods and Skills 8-10
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
Analytical Methods Tutorials (1 credit hour each)
  • Statistical analysis, required for all students
  • Select 2-4 electives from a menu of tools and techniques classes such as environmental impact assessment, survey methodology, life cycle analysis, software applications, advanced GIS, etc.
Project Management in a Cross-Cultural Environment 2
Environmental and Sustainability Management 12
Freshwater Resources Management 4
Select 2 from the following (4 credit hours each):
  • Industrial Ecology
  • Energy Conservation and Sustainability
  • Biodiversity Conservation Planning
  • Food Resources and Security
Capstone Experience 4-6
Capstone Project (4 credit hours) or Master’s Thesis (6 credit hours). Students completing the thesis option take 2 analytical methods tutorials instead of 4.
Program/Course Total 42