Graduate Studies

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

The MA in Sustainability is a traditional master’s program best suited to students inclined toward social sciences, humanities, planning or related fields and interested in a career in research or academia. A thesis or scientific paper is required.

Master of Science

The MS in Sustainability is a traditional master’s program best suited to students inclined toward natural sciences, economics, engineering or related fields and interested in a career in research or academia. A thesis or scientific paper is required.

Master of Sustainable 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 allows students to focus on problems of interest to them, drawing upon relevant knowledge from a variety of disciplines. PhD students may be admitted with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.

Related Graduate Programs

Academic-degree programs in sustainability not only build on the skills generated by discipline-based study, but make it possible to address the linkages between people in their social, natural, and built environment. Students will work on real-world challenges using various approaches.

Graduates are prepared for admission into strong graduate and professional schools or may assume positions in higher education, industry, consultancy, utilities, regulatory agencies, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, or local, state or federal government.

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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.
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80% Master’s degree alumni are employed.

20% Master’s degree alumni are pursuing graduate degrees.

100% Doctoral degree alumni are employed.

Data is from alumni survey respondents. Last updated Nov. 2014.