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Graduate degrees and programs

Graduate degrees and programs

Graduate degrees and programs

Graduate degrees and programs


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.


Master of Arts

This traditional master’s programs 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.


Master of Science

This traditional master’s programs 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.


Master of Sustainability Solutions

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.


Master of Sustainability Leadership

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.


Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership

The EMSL is a hybrid in-person and online 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.


Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Sustainability engages scientists and leaders in research to investigate the urgent sustainability challenges of this century.

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.


Doctor of Philosophy in Sustainable Energy

The PhD in Sustainability engages scientists and leaders in research to investigate the urgent sustainability challenges of this century.

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.


Doctor of Philosophy with a CASS Concentration

Complex adaptive systems science 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. The CASS educational program is tightly integrated with diverse, ongoing research on complex adaptive systems at Arizona State University.


Global Development Research Program

Top-tier master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral students are eligible to apply for Research and Innovation Fellowships through the GDR Program. Prospective GDR Scholars find development projects that suit their interests by browsing an extensive international catalog.


4+1 Accelerated Master’s Programs

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.