About the Master of Science in Global Sustainability Science degree – MS-GSS
The Master of Science in Global Sustainability Science is a two-year collaborative degree program offered jointly by Arizona State University (ASU), USA, and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.
Students who participate in the program earn an MS in Global Sustainability Science from Arizona State University and an MSc in Global Sustainability Science from Leuphana University. Students from both universities collaborate throughout the program and spend one semester together at Leuphana as well as one semester together at ASU. The degree culminates with a capstone in the form of a publishable scientific journal article.
Students have the opportunity to engage with sustainability problems and solutions in an international setting. The program focuses on normative and transformative aspects of sustainability, linking research with practical implementation of sustainability solutions. Project-based learning offers students opportunities to conduct their research on real-world sustainability solutions in collaboration with stakeholders and professionals. In addition, the program facilitates intercultural collaboration, which prepares graduates for working in internationally operating institutions and organizations.
Students who participate in the program earn two degrees:
Master of Science in Global Sustainability Science, Arizona State University
Master of Science in Global Sustainability Science, Leuphana University
Students enrolled in the MS in Global Sustainability Science attend courses at both Arizona State University and Leuphana University of Lüneburg during their two-year program. ASU students spend three semesters (1st, 3rd, and 4th) at Arizona State University and one semester (2nd) at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. At Leuphana, all instruction is in English and no previous knowledge of German is required.
A minimum of 42 credit hours is required for the MS in Global Sustainability Science.
Learn more about the application process and timeline.
All MS-GSS students enrolled at ASU are eligible to receive a travel stipend for their one-semester stay at Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany. The School of Sustainability offers graduate teaching assistant (TA) and research assistant (RA) positions that are filled through a competitive application and hiring process – for which MS-GSS students enrolled at ASU are eligible during their three-semester studies at ASU. Leuphana University offers student assistantship positions that are filled through a competitive application and hiring process – for which MS-GSS students enrolled at ASU are eligible for during their one-semester stay at Leuphana.
There are several ways students pay for their degree, and the School of Sustainability can assist with any questions along the way. Learn more about scholarships from the School of Sustainability and review information from Arizona State University’s Graduate College about how to pay for your graduate education.
Graduate Programs Admissions Advisor: SOSGradSunDevil@asu.edu
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