M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Management

Environmental justice, species extinction, climate change, pollution, and resource depletion are an increasing concern for all of humanity. A graduate degree in Environmental Sustainability and Management from Goucher College equips you to tackle environmental challenges and develop effective solutions using the tools of environmental science, sustainable development, system dynamics, and environmental management.

An M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Management (MAES) prepares you for a range of impactful environmental careers—whether in corporations, government agencies, consulting companies, or nonprofit organizations. Our program is designed to benefit both experienced and novice professionals in and entering environmental and sustainability fields.

Program Overview

The M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Management combines courses from the natural and social sciences into a cohesive framework that will prepare you to:

  1. Evaluate environmental threats and their impact on communities and organizations
  2. Identify effective strategies for mitigating and adapting to those threats, while considering ethical, regulatory, and cultural factors
  3. Effectively communicate strategy trade-offs and efficacy to decision-makers and communities

Courses & Modality

This 36-credit master’s degree consists of 7 core courses, 4 customizable electives, and one capstone course project tailored to your interests. Study 100% online or opt for a hybrid format with a mix of online and in-person classes, including an optional study abroad opportunity for credit.

An Innovative Approach

A key aspect of our graduate program is its focus on systems thinking as an environmental management approach. This framework allows for holistic examination of the linkages and interactions among systems such as organizations, communities, ecosystems, and their surrounding environment. Upon graduation, you will possess the skills to choose and execute strategies that improve the wellbeing of natural environments while meeting stakeholder needs.

Designed for the Working Professional

Experience the best of both worlds with Goucher College's innovative hybrid learning format. Our online classes offer unparalleled convenience, while also giving us access to top environmental, sustainability, and management faculty from around the globe. For those who prefer an in-person experience, our on-campus and study abroad courses provide an immersive and collaborative learning environment that fosters face-to-face interactions and a sense of community.

By combining the benefits of online, on-campus, and study abroad learning, Goucher offers a unique, rigorous, and flexible educational experience that sets us apart from the rest.

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