Sustainability Science Masters Program (MS)
Welcome to the interdepartmental masters program in Sustainability Science, offered by the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) at the University of Massachusetts.
The Sustainability Science program prepares students professionally for a broad range of sustainability-focused careers in industry, government, or the non-profit sector. Students will graduate with: (1) a systems-based foundation for analyzing current environmental challenges; (2) pragmatic training and field experiences; (3) critical thinking and communications skills; and (4) knowledge and understanding of the interrelated scientific, social, economic and political underpinnings of environmental problems, solutions, and practices. Our program is practice/career-based, and students will complete a 4-credit project with an NGO, government agency or company. Students in the program will select one concentration area from among 4 options: Environmental Quality, Sustainable Food Systems and Agriculture, Water Sustainability, and Urban Sustainability. Because the program combines core classes and a chosen area of concentration, students will build a strong intellectual foundation for analyzing interconnections between social, economic and ecological systems, and will also develop expertise depth within a given domain. The program plays host to students from a wide range of backgrounds and caters to the needs of all through a rigorous and exciting cross-disciplinary set of requirements. The Sustainability Science students often interact with fellow-students from other closely-related graduate programs at the University, including Environmental Conservation (Green Building concentration, and Water, Wetlands and Watersheds concentration), Geosciences, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, and Architecture, so there are unique opportunities to build a professional network across a wide range of disciplines.
|Environmental QualityThis concentration is designed for students interested in environmental sciences and the role they play in human well-being. Students interested in epidemiology, soil and air pollution, and social justice should pursue this concentration. Graduates walk away with a unique skill set that can be geared towards environmental consulting, remediation of contaminated sites, disease prevention, and several other fields.|
|Sustainable Agriculture and Food SystemsThis concentration is designed for students who are passionate about how food is grown and the processes it goes through before it is consumed. Whether you wish to grow your own food, regulate food policies, or promote global nutrition this concentration provides you with all of the necessary skills to pursue these and many other career paths.|
|Water SustainabilityThis concentration is designed for students concerned about global climate change and how it affects water quality and availability. Students interested in watershed management, water pollution, and climate modeling should choose this concentration.|
|Urban SustainabilityThis concentration is designed for students interested in the sustainable growth and development of cities. Students interested in green building, energy systems, and regional planning should pursue this concentration. Career paths include city planning, environmental consulting, renewable energy, and more.|
UMass MS Sustainability Interest Form
What are the application requirements?
The application process will prompt you to provide the following: GRE scores, resume, personal statement, official transcript, two letters of recommendation
When is the application deadline for the Fall semester?
Last updated January 2, 2013 by Roxann Cormier