M.A. in Environmental Sustainability & Management

Environmental injustice, species extinction, climate change, and resource depletion are all increasing concerns for humanity.  A graduate degree in Environmental Sustainability & Management equips you to tackle these challenges using the tools of science, policy, system dynamics, and environmental management.

M.A.E.S.Program Basics

Complete in under 2 Years

36 credits

100% onlineor hybrid

The M.A. in Environmental Sustainability & Management (M.A.E.S.) is a graduate program for busy professionals who want to:

  • Study an innovative environmental sustainability & management curriculum
  • Enjoy the flexibility to live and learn from anywhere in the world
  • Customize their degree to fit their career goals
  • Learn from environmental leaders
  • Enhance their careers

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An Innovative Approach

  • Blend the natural and social sciences in your coursework
  • Employ systems thinking as an environmental management approach
  • Investigate environmental and climate justice issues
  • Learn to evaluate environmental threats, identify strategies for mitigation and adaptation, and communicate with stakeholders

Flexibility is Key

  • Learn where you are
  • Study 100% online or opt for a hybrid format with a mix of online and in-person classes
  • Convenient online classes in the evening via Zoom
  • In-person classes at our beautiful Baltimore campus
  • Courses offered in spring, summer, and fall
  • Experience our optional study abroad

Learn from Environmental Leaders

  • Study with scholar-practitioner faculty from around the globe
  • Faculty work in environmental science, justice, policy, management, & sustainability
  • Courses are practical and immediately applicable

Customize Your Degree

  • 12 courses to complete the degree
  • Core courses in environmental management, climate change, sustainability, systems thinking, cost-benefit analysis, and environmental policy
  • Elective courses can be customized to focus more on environmental or management topics (examples: environmental justice, principles of project management)
  • Research an issue of your choice with the capstone project


  • Designed for those who want to learn while also working
  • Application requirement: undergraduate degree
  • Financial aid is available

Your Future is Greener

  • Keep your job or change careers while you earn your master’s degree
  • Network with environmental & sustainability professionals
  • Prepare for a range of impactful environmental careers with corporations, government agencies, consulting companies, and nonprofit organizations or a PhD

Why Choose Goucher?

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    WATCH NOW: "On a wider scale, my education is broadened."  - Ashley Pritchard '19 | M.A. in Environmental Studies

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    WATCH NOW: "That's what I love about my classes now, is that they are very realistic. We talk about real world problems and how we can fix them."  - Julia Erbe '17 | M.A. in Environmental Studies

Goucher Grad in Nepal

Goucher College offers an optional study abroad experience to graduate students in the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability & Management (M.A.E.S.) program, the M.A. in Cultural Sustainability (M.A.C.S.) program, and the M.A. in Historic Preservation (M.A.H.P.) program.  Earn college credit while spending 2-weeks in Nepal exploring the rich biodiversity, majestic Himalaya, unique culture, transformative heritage sites, and adaptations to a changing environment.

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