The MA in sustainability is a research-oriented degree that culminates with research writing (either a thesis or capstone in the form of a publishable, scientific paper). The program focuses on knowledge generation and designing new ways to address sustainability challenges and prepares students for designing and conducting transdisciplinary research. Although the graduate degree programs emphasize the integration of a broad range of expertise in student training, this master's degree program is best suited to students inclined toward social sciences, humanities, planning or related fields and who are interested in a career in research or academia. Students learn how different disciplines view and approach the challenges of sustainability in theory, research and practice. They develop the academic and technical skills as well as the ethical insights that will help them understand, research and provide solutions to complex sustainability challenges at the local, regional, national and global levels. Students can also apply to participate in the Master's International Peace Corps Program or the USAID Global Development Research Program, which works in conjunction with this program.
All sustainability graduate students will possess:
37 credit hours and a thesis, or
37 credit hours including a capstone course (SOS 596)
Each student will formulate a plan of study in consultation with their supervisory committee. The master's degree program is divided into the following:
Core: (19 credit hours)
Electives: (15 credit hours)
Culminating Experience: (6 credit hours)
*taken over four semesters, for four credit hours total
Students who are also part of the Master's International Peace Corps Program must complete a Peace Corps assignment abroad, and it is expected that their thesis or capstone scientific paper will be drawn from their experience in the Peace Corps. Students in the program will earn six credit hours toward the master's program requirements.
The taught-course element of the program will be evaluated through course-specific examinations, research papers or applied projects and will be considered to have been successfully completed if the student obtains a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Division of Graduate Education policies and procedures for fulfillment of degree requirements must also be met.
Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100.
After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department.
Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.
Applicants must submit an online graduate admission application.
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.
The school encourages applicants with diverse educational backgrounds and experience that are relevant to the school's core objectives. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Division of Graduate Education, the school requires:
*The statement of intent should not exceed 600 words and should:
Students interested in applying to participate in the Master's International Peace Corps Program will be able to do so after they've been admitted to the master's degree program.