Chatham University

Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership

We have the degree to help you make a difference.

Your understanding of sustainability got you where you are today. Now, we want to equip you with the skills needed to drive sustainable practices within your organization through our Executive Master in Sustainability Leadership (EMSL). This rigorous, online program helps experienced executives learn to develop, communicate, and meet their organizations' short- and long-term sustainability goals.

The 16-month, fully online EMSL program will strengthen your analytical, communication, and leadership skills through distance education coursework that can be completed during evenings or weekends, allowing you to continue working full-time. We designed this program to accommodate the busy schedule of working professionals by relying on online coursework for convenience and requiring only one weeklong summer session at Chatham's Eden Hall Campus.

The EMSL is more than just the fundamentals of sustainability; it's about applying those principles to champion change while learning to effectively communicate those efforts in the boardroom, to employees, and to your customers. Sustainability is not just a brand builder or goodwill gesture; it's an operational and strategic opportunity for your organization and your career.


Focus areas

Sustainability and Systems

Develop the skills necessary to understand, describe, and communicate complex systems by learning to identify key drivers and leverage points for change, then model and enact change using various systems-based tools.

Organizational Behavior

Explore the issues surrounding how individuals interact with and within organizations from a management perspective so that you can begin to understand and influence their behaviors regarding sustainability.

Sustainability Assessment & Reporting

Study how to measure, track, and report on sustainability issues in a business, including how to create effective Social Responsibility reports and the standards currently used to measure sustainability.

Implementing Sustainability

Work with fellow students to create and implement sustainability strategies across diverse organizations, including developing financing opportunities, grant writing, making the business case for sustainability, implementing sustainability policy, engaging stakeholders, and developing communication strategies.

Communicating Sustainability

Develop and apply the skills required to successfully communicate the principles, evidence, complexity and stories of sustainability using best practices in technical, web, and visual communication.


Sustainability at Chatham