Program Timeline & Mission

We provide students with mastery in building applications within social, economic, and scientific frameworks to address complex environmental questions and issues.


Though you will have five years to complete all the degree requirements, most students will do it in two years. The number of credits you take each semester will determine how long it will take to complete the program.


The mission of the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability & Management program is to develop leaders prepared to collaborate across disciplines to address the complex ecological and societal aspects of environmental challenges, creating the foundation to realize a healthy planet and healthy communities now and for generations to come.

The educational objectives to fulfill this mission are broad-based, including understanding the social, scientific, and economic contexts of environmental issues. Graduates will also gain an understanding of managerial, professional, and ethical responsibility. They will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and theories, and the ability to apply this knowledge. Graduates of this program will be able to do the following:

  1. Identify environmental threats affecting communities, organizations, and ecosystems through the use of systems thinking analysis.
  2. Assess environmental-related risks and uncertainties and their effect on sustainability.
  3. Apply management principles and concepts to develop strategies that reduce or eliminate environmental risks affecting communities, organizations, and ecosystems; strategies that take into account scientific, economic, technological, statutory, regulatory, ethical, and cultural contexts.
  4. Evaluate key trade-offs among management strategies that could reduce or eliminate environmental risks.
  5. Communicate proposed strategies and their trade-offs using appropriate formats that take into account a given purpose, genre, and audience.
  6. Develop management skills needed for making effective decisions and taking on leadership roles.