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Master’s in Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is June 7. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Deliver sustainable solutions

Help communities confront climate change. Make the case for environmental action. Advance or change your career—then change the world.

Unity College’s online Master of Professional Science in Environmental Studies and Sustainability gives you a foundation in sustainability science, blending technical know-how with problem-solving. It’s the perfect next step for careers in planning, policy, advocacy, and other arenas.

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Median salary of Unity College Environmental Studies and Sustainability alumni working in their field.

*Source: Burning Glass Technologies. “Labor Insight™ Real-Time Labor Market Information Tool.” Updated March 11, 2020.

What is sustainability science?

 Sustainability science is a problem-based, solution-oriented framework for creating a long-lasting planet. This framework combines technical sustainability with skills based in social sciences and humanities. Those interested in sustainability can become change agents in political, economic, and cultural arenas.

Why earn an environmental studies and sustainability degree?

Leaders like you are needed to develop solutions to pressing environmental issues. Complement your current skill sets with training in business and communications. Gain experience in the tenets of sustainability. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home with Unity’s online degree.

What to expect in your environmental studies and sustainability program:

  • Quick time to completion. Full-time students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months.
  • Small classes. You will receive the same individualized attention as on-campus students.
  • Easy application. Unlike many master’s programs, Unity doesn’t require you to submit a GMAT or GRE score.
  • Flexible start time. Choose from one of five start dates throughout the year.

Ready to create a sustainable future? Apply online today.

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Environmental studies and sustainability degree requirements

To earn this master’s degree, you’ll need to complete 30 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0. You’ll take courses in two core competencies: Professional skills and climate change sustainability.

For a full list of courses, download the degree sheet or view our course catalog.

Environmental studies and sustainability sample courses

  • SBUS 515 Ecological Economics

    Economic systems influence how society understands its relationship to the environment. From the neo-classical synthesis to socialism, none of our contemporary economic systems seem to provide the social and environmental resilience that sustainability theory demands. The interdisciplinary field of ecological economics attempts to overcome the deficiencies in traditional economic theory, first by recognizing the physical limits in which any economic system operates and then by including normative values into a holistic economic system. Students will learn the basic principles of ecological economics, evaluate the framework, and learn to apply its principles to sustainability work.

  • SUST 515 Leading Sustainable Change

    The community dimension of sustainability science sets it apart from historical scientific problem solving. Truly sustainable solutions need to meet economic and cultural acceptability to be implemented politically, and the process of seeking solutions can change community perceptions. Through techniques for  understanding the nature of stakeholders and the use of social marketing,  sustainability professionals can strongly influence perceptions and behavior. In this course, students will practice research-based stakeholder analysis and social marketing.

  • SUST 520 Community Planning for Resiliency

    It is increasingly essential that we couple our greenhouse gas reduction actions with preparations for climate extremes and other changes, both expected and unexpected. As the footprint of human society continues to grow, managing the built environment for resilience becomes one of the primary leverage points for mitigation of sustainability problems, and an important focus of adaptation. From buildings to transportation networks
    to the relationship between urban communities and their rural resource bases, a strategically developed built environment dramatically reduces the carbon footprint, protects open space, and fosters social cohesion. We will enlist successful frameworks used in community design and green building as we explore ways in which communities can anticipate and adapt to the consequences of climate change while contributing to global mitigation efforts.

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