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’s main campus in Tempe. 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 41 credit hours is required for the MS in Global Sustainability Science.
|Requirements and electives||Hours|
|Global sustainability research seminars||4|
|Leuphana University coursework||10|
|Total semester hours required||41|
Courses and electives
The core courses provide students from diverse backgrounds with methods and theory appropriate to the study of sustainability from a global perspective and support the building of a strong cohort. Students explore links between concepts of sustainability and systems approaches to knowledge, and will develop the integrative methods needed to work across disciplines on sustainability problems.
- SOS 510 – Perspectives on Sustainability
- SOS 511 – Advanced Sustainability Problem Solving
- SOS 525 – Social-Ecological-Technical Systems (SETS) Domains & Interfaces
- SOS 559 – GSS Perspectives Seminar
- SOS 581 – Synthesis for Sustainability Research
- SOS 557 – Global Sustainability Research Preparation
- SOS 558 – Global Sustainability Research Project
Coursework taken at Leuphana University of Luneburg will transfer back to Arizona State University as 10 credit hours.
- Methods in Sustainability Science II
- Sustainability Governance
- Global Sustainability Research Project 2 and 3
- Two (2) electives
Students will take 8 credits of electives at Arizona State University. Electives provide students with a strong substantive foundation (content knowledge, essential theory, and major studies) of the main themes of the school. One course (3 hours) must focus on methods. Students may take electives in the School of Sustainability or other departments that are appropriate to their research.
Students must devote six (6) credit hours to writing a publishable scientific paper (SOS 596). All master’s degree candidates must also be enrolled for at least one credit within the unit (i.e., the School of Sustainability) during the semester or summer session in which the paper is defended.
- SOS 596 – Scientific Paper
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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