Feb 26, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies, MA

The online Master of Arts in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies prepares graduates for positions in the corporate, government, and non-governmental worlds as a sustainability manager, corporate sustainability specialist, or one of many other fast growing environmental and sustainability professions.  

Students take a total of 30 credit-hours of graduate coursework (24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of either capstone research or internship). Coursework consists of three core courses (total of 9 credit hours), two skills courses (total of 6 credit hours), and three elective courses (total of 9 credit hours) to expand their skills, insights and engagement with Environmental and Sustainability Studies. This MA degree only offers non-thesis, plan B options: Upon completing these 24 credit-hours, students take two courses for three credits each to prepare and implement their final Master’s research project under the supervision of faculty members. The MA also offers the alternate plan B option of completing six credit hours of internship work under supervision of faculty members. All MA students will have a final oral examination. 


Admission Requirements

  • CV or resume  

  • Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages) 

  • Writing Sample (optional) 

  • Undergraduate transcript 

  • A non-refundable $65 application fee ($75 for international applicants) 

  • TOEFL or IELTS score (international applicants only). Minimum scores are listed on the graduate school’s admission page. 

  • GRE or GMAT scores are NOT required for admission to this program. 


Degree Requirements  

Core Courses (9 Credit Hours) 


Skills Courses (6 Credit Hours) 

Students choose a total of 6 credit hours from two of the skills courses listed below. 


Capstone/Internship (6 Credit Hours) 

Students must complete one of two options to satisfy the non-thesis requirement for the Master’s in Applied Environmental and Sustainability Studies. All students will be required to complete a one-hour oral exam. 


Plan B Option #1 Internship 

Complete 6 credit hours of internship coursework: 


Plan B Option #2 Capstone 

Complete 6 credit hours through a capstone research project and report 


Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours) 

Students must take an additional 9 credit hours from the approved list of courses.  Other courses at the 600-level and above that relate to environmental and sustainability studies may be used to satisfy this requirement with the permission of the program director. Students may only count 6 credit hours of ENS 605   (under different subtitles) or ENS 699   (up to 3 credit hours) towards this requirement.