Graduate sustainability degree programs at ASU are flexible, interdisciplinary and problem-oriented. Our graduate programs in sustainability increase students’ understanding of systems dynamics, cascading effects, and scale.
Students will learn to organize collaborative transdisciplinary teams to conduct research and provide adaptive solutions to specific sustainability problems.
This traditional master’s program, offered on ASU’s Tempe campus, is best suited to students interested in knowledge generation and designing new ways to address sustainability challenges, and requires a thesis or academic paper as a culminating experience. The MA is geared toward students interested in social sciences, humanities, planning, or related fields.
This traditional master’s program, offered on ASU’s Tempe campus, is best suited to students interested in knowledge generation and designing new ways to address sustainability challenges, and requires a thesis or academic paper as a culminating experience. The MS is designed for those inclined toward the natural sciences, economics, engineering, or related fields.
The MSUS is an applied master’s degree in sustainability, designed to prepare students to apply sustainability principles and approaches to careers in a variety of fields. MSUS students complete a capstone experience in lieu of a thesis. This program is offered on ASU’s Tempe campus only.
The cohort-based MSL is a fully online degree program that teaches organizational leadership skills through the lens of sustainability. MSL students can pursue electives related to their specific area of interest in addition to the core areas of strategy, communication, leadership and global context. A capstone experience is required, in lieu of a thesis.
The EMSL is an online (with on-campus component) sustainability degree program that teaches organizational leadership skills through the lens of sustainability. It provides working mid-career professionals with practical, actionable tools to become leaders who can accelerate sustainability throughout their organizations.
The flexible, interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to focus on problems of interest to them, drawing upon relevant knowledge from a variety of disciplines.
Today’s global energy transitions demand leaders who can seamlessly navigate interwoven technical, societal, and environmental challenges. The newly established PhD in sustainable energy, offered on ASU’s Tempe campus, transcends the boundaries of traditional methodologies and disciplinary viewpoints to achieve a sustainable energy future.
Complex adaptive systems science (CASS) is the study of interactive and dynamic systems that change over time. The School of Sustainability, the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and the School of Life Sciences, offer a complex adaptive systems science concentration for six doctoral programs, which are tightly integrated with diverse, ongoing research on complex adaptive systems at Arizona State University. This program is offered on ASU’s Tempe campus.
The School of Sustainability offers the following joint accelerated programs designed to enable highly qualified undergraduate majors to earn both a bachelor degree and a Master of Sustainability Solutions degree in five years.
Common learning outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
- Think in a holistic way about sustainability problems.
- Understand the concepts of sustainability, the issues involved, and the disciplines needed to address real-world problems.
- Evaluate the role and effectiveness of a broad range of methods of inquiry and analysis.
- Understand the concepts and methods of different disciplines and the way in which these can address sustainability challenges.
- Work collaboratively and in multidisciplinary teams.
- Understand ethical issues related to sustainability.
- Develop creative, adaptive solutions to sustainability challenges.