Master of Sustainability
Over the past decade, sustainability has become a priority for corporations, governments, and many other organizations. At Chatham University's Falk School of Sustainability, we have responded by creating a unique degree program, the Master of Sustainability. This degree provides the professional skills necessary to champion and implement sustainability, and the underlying academic knowledge to do so well.
Through the Master of Sustainability program you will gain expertise in management, Earth systems science, assessment, law and policy, communication, and other areas critical to implementing sustainability. You will develop teamwork, presentation, and leadership skills valued by employers. You will experience professional placements in sustainability, and develop a portfolio of projects and a network of fellow professionals. You will leave our program prepared to contribute to social, economic, and environmental wellbeing in any context.
The Master of Sustainability is a full-time, cohort-based program. Students are required to complete core coursework along with the cohort they join. To fulfill the requirements for the Master of Sustainability degree program, students must successfully complete a minimum of 41 hours total credit hours, which include:
- A minimum of 29 hours of core courses
- A minimum of 12 hours of elective courses that constitute an area of specialization. The area of specialization may be one of several predetermined by the program, or may be designed by the student and approved by the students advisor and the dean.
- students may take more electives
- students are NOT limited to electives listed in SUS
- up to six hours of thesis and/or internship credit may count towards the area of specialization
All students are required to complete a 200-400 hour experience of immersion into a professional setting or field-based research setting. Ideally, students will fulfill this requirement by working or conducting research 20-40 hours/week over a 10-week period during the summer following the first two semesters in the program. A hybrid experience is also possible if a student wants to, for example, conduct research for an organization in a professional setting.
All students are also required to participate in co-curricular activities.