Chatham University

Chatham's Master of Sustainability (MSUS) program prepares enterprising students with the tools necessary to be the agents of change that corporations, governments, and other organizations need to lead their sustainability initiatives. The program and its focus on real-world impact is inspired by environmental icon and Chatham alumna Rachel Carson '29, whose own work over 50 years ago continues to impact the world.

The program develops students' expertise in sustainability management, Earth systems science, assessment, law and policy, communication, ethics, and other areas critical to implementing sustainability. Program hallmarks include:

  • Develop connections and build networks for career opportunities within the sustainability field.
    See our Alumni & Resources page.
  • Seven MSUS focus areas in sustainability management, sustainable design, community development, and more.
    See Focus Areas.
  • Uniquely prepare yourself for sustainability leadership and management with our MSUS-MBA Dual degree program.
    Learn more.
  • Live and learn at the first campus in the world built from the ground up on the principles of sustainability.
    Learn about Eden Hall Campus.

Falk School of Sustainability

In 2010, Chatham established what is now the Falk School of Sustainability, one of the earliest schools of its kind in the country, to provide leadership for overcoming sustainability challenges from the local level to a global scale. We recognized that the only way to ensure success in sustainability advancement was to offer programs of study built upon real-world learning and practice – the professional preparation needed to be difference makers for the world. Through the Falk School, students create careers that have impact.

"The capacity of society to meet its current needs without compromising the ecological, social, and economic systems on which society will rely for meeting future needs."

– Definition of sustainability adopted by Chatham's Board of Trustees, October 2008

Focus Areas

A defining characteristic of our program is the ability to work in one of seven focus areas. Each focus consists of three courses (12 credits).

  • Sustainability Management
  • Sustainable Design and the Built Environment
  • Community Development and Planning
  • Sustainable Agricultural Systems
  • Human Well-being
  • Sustainable Water Systems
  • K-12 Education

With the program director's agreement, students can also build their own focus area.

Project-Based learning

A sustainability education is only as good as what it can create. Through projects, MSUS students understand the whys and practice the hows of sustainability, helping them immediately affect change on a local level. Whether in class or during various summer immersion projects, students see their work make an impact through the application of the knowledge they've gained through hands-on experience.

Falk Summer Fellowship Program

As a Summer Fellow, students will be guaranteed up to $5,000 income for their summer placements. These opportunities may be either student acquired or come from one of the Falk School's developed placements with organizations working on various sustainable projects. The Falk Summer Fellowship program is competitive, with priority given to applicants who express a preference in international and/or community development contexts. Learn more »

Fellowship Funding

Depending on the project, students may receive some payment from the participating business or organization. Should those funds be less than $5,000, the Falk Summer Fellowship Program will cover the difference.

Eden Hall Campus

Eden Hall Campus Master Plan

Eden Hall Campus Master Plan

From the very beginning, the design of Eden Hall Campus was intended to be revolutionary. Each venue, classroom building, outdoor area, and residential space ensures full-campus sustainability and functions so that students don't just learn about sustainability, but live it every day. Review that full plan for Chatham's sustainable campus in the North Hills of Pittburgh. Download Master Plan ▶

A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow

Eden Hall Campus | A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow

There's a lot ongoing and planned for Eden Hall, and it all starts with our work in the sustainability field. Learn about Chatham's history of leadership in sustainability that has driven plans for our ultra-green Eden Hall Campus. Download Booklet ▶

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Rachel Carson's Legacy

The legacy of Chatham graduate Rachel Carson '29 is something we hold very dear. We strive to uphold her ideals every day, from conservation efforts across all of our campuses to the advancement of sustainability in academics with the Falk School and development of Eden Hall Campus. The passion with which we advance these measures reflects the passion she exhibited through her lifelong work in science, sustainability, and social justice. And as her alma mater, we consider the pursuit of our esteemed alumna's vision for the world a proud part of the Chatham legacy.

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