A dual degree, combined U.S. and international master's program with the University of Malta

The Master of Science degree in Integrated Science and Technology (M.S. ISAT) offers a concentration in Environmental Management and Sustainability that prepares graduates to be leaders that drive innovation and commerce forward while positively impacting the well-being and sustainability of our planet and its people. Our graduates share a holistic understanding of sustainability and the environment, and bring a systems-based, problem-solving approach to their work in private companies, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

During the accelerated 12-month program, students will receive one semester of instruction at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA (fall) and one semester of instruction at the University of Malta campus in Msida, Malta (spring), providing unique opportunities to learn, explore, and compare experiences in different geographic, environmental and social contexts.

Students who successfully complete the degree requirements are awarded both:

  • A Master of Science degree in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University, and
  • A Master of Science degree in Environmental Management and Sustainability from the University of Malta 

The program is designed to build holistic thinking and problem-solving skills using systems perspectives directed to environmental and sustainability challenges. The curriculum explores principles of sustainability science, incorporating perspectives from Earth systems, natural resources management, ethics, policy and law, and social sciences, among others. It also builds a suite of analytical methods and competencies including GIS, cross-cultural project management, field techniques, statistics, and data science. Elective coursework allows students to develop a specialization by opting for either of two pathways:

  • Sustainable Technological Systems or
  • Food Systems and Biodiversity

As part of the program, all students will complete a capstone project at a location chosen in collaboration with their capstone faculty advisor. The capstone project allows students to continue to build specialized knowledge through research on the topic of their choice. Exceptional students may opt to complete a master's research thesis.  This option requires approval from the program's Board of Studies. 

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