Saturday, January 22, 2000

Sustainability Masters Programs

Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) in Karlskrona, Sweden

Bainbridge Graduate Institute (MBA) on Bainbridge Island, WA

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara, CA

Culture, Ecology & Sustainable Community (MA) at the New College of California

Environmental Education and Communication (MA) at Royal Roads University, BC

Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at University of Michigan, MI

Green MBA at the Dominican University of California, San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy (ISTP) at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia

MBA in Sustainability at Bard College

The Nicholas Institute at Duke University

Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at UVM in Burlinton, VT

School of Sustainability at Arizona State University

Stony Brook Southhampton at Stony Brook

Sustainable Design (MS, Architecture) at the University of Minnesota

Sustainable Management (MBA) at the Presidio School of Management, San Francisco, CA

Systems Design - motto at Politecnico di Torino

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale in New Haven, CT

If you know of any other sustainability masters programs, please let me know!


HDZ said...

Hello there!

I feel compelled to refer you to my Alma Mater, Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia) and in particular the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy (ISTP)

It offers Undergraduate (BA/BSc), Postgraduate Diplomas, taught Masters (MA), research Masters and PhD in various sustainability themes including
* City Policy
* Development studies
* Ecologically sustainability development
* Environmental Ethics
* Local Governance
* Public Policy
* Social Research and Evaluation

Bound to be something there of interest!

Georges said...

Great stuff, thanks!

Krista said...

* New College of California - MA in Culture, Ecology & Sustainable Community (BA completion program offered too)

* University of Minnesota - MS in Sustainable Design (Architecture)

George Kao said...

Hi Georges,

Thanks for listing these great programs!

Could you also add:

MBA in Sustainable Management, offered by Presidio School of Management in San Francisco, California, is currently the largest accredited Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program in the world that integrates sustainability into the entire curriculum. Students work on several real-world sustainable business consulting projects per year as deliverables for their classes and for companies, non-profits, governments. For more information, check out

tangled bank said...

Don't forget Prescott College has a PhD program in Education with a focus in Sustainability...

Guru said...

Hello Georges,

I have been looking to apply to programs in technology/engineering policy management with SD at their core. And the MSLS programme does fit the bill.

1) I understand tuition fee is nil. However, can you help me with a ballpark cost for 1-year boarding and lodging?
2) How reputed is this Univ and this programme?
3) Are there enough job opening which seek this degree?


Georges said...

Hi Gurdas,

I would say ave. living costs for a year are in the $10,000 range - but this is a highly variable number depending on your spending habits. the basics (rent, groceries) are cheap (compared to New York anyway) ave rent is like $250-$450 per month for decent places. But 'luxury' items - like beers and dinners out - are pricey (like more than NY), so you could easily spend considerably less or more than that depending on what you 'need'

BTH is a young uni (about 17 yrs old) and just building its rep. - the MSLS program however is exploding in terms of recognition - given that its only in its 4th year - the graduates from the first 3 years are out making good impressions and the network is strong with business and ngos, so i think in the near future it will have a very strong reputation, we've gotten amazing feedback from professionals in the field who we've worked with.

Yes, there are so many job openings, it's mind boggling - in the US and Euro anyway. I wouldn't say they're 'seeking' the MSLS degree, given that this program is the only one that offers it, so most haven't heard of it yet, but when it is described to them, most quickly see the value in it with regard to what they're looking for.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
- Georges

Guru said...

That helped. Thanks!
- Gurdas

Helene said...

Hi there,
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona offers a Masters degree in Sustainable Development, organized by the UNESCO Chair of Sustainability at the university.
Please see for more details

Helene Gallis

GretjenHelene said...

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Anonymous said...

here is another MA program in sustainability

MA in Socially Responsible Business and Sustainable Communities
Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont

ben.d.thomas said...

Here are a couple of degrees that I have applied to for some sort of sustainable design and I don't think should be overlooked for their programs...

Sustainable Design, U of Texas
CalPoly Pomona's John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies
Sustainable Development, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Aus
Sustainable Design, University of Sydney, Sydney, Aus

Michael said...

Sustainability in the Urban Environment is a new Master's program at The City College of New York, part of CUNY.

Michael said...

interdisciplinary masters involving schools of architecture, engineering and science

C. Rock said...

Hello and wonderful blog posting.

Does anyone have information about the San Francisco Institute of Architectures "Masters in Green Building" program?

I was interested in finding a sustainability MBA or Masters program in sustainability that ran part time or with distance learning as part of it.



Anonymous said...

This is a good database resource for all types of programs related to sustainability. However there doesn't seem to be a ranking system.

Xub said...

Thanks for sharing this useful and great post..