The Master of Arts (MA) in Global Sustainability is designed to prepare students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges related to sustainability and the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts. The Patel College of Global Sustainability strives to offer a dynamic curriculum, top-notch internship experiences, and overall superior education for our students.
The M.A. in Global Sustainability offers nine concentrations, all concentrations are available in a traditional on-campus format and most are available fully online. See your concentration of interest for details.
All students in the M.A. program in Global Sustainability must complete the core requirements (18 credits), at least one concentration (6 credits), and two elective courses (6 credits).
Required Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)
IDS 6233 – Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3)
IDS 6235 – Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3)
IDS 6234 – Systems Thinking: The Key to Sustainability (3)
IDS 6238 – Communicating the Value of Sustainability (3)
IDS 6946 – Global Sustainability Internship (6)
The required 6 credit global internship will be completed in the student’s last semester. Both workshops, Global Internship Preparation Seminar I and II, must be completed prior to the Global Internship. Click here for more descriptions of the core courses.
Concentration Courses (6 Credit Hours)
IDS 6207 – Renewable Transportation Fuels (3)
IDS 6208 – Renewable Power Portfolio (3)
IDS 6245 – Sustainable Water Resource Management (3)
IDS 6246 – Water Sensitive Urban Design (3)
IDS 6236 – Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices (3)
IDS 6237 – Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management for Coastal & Marine Habitat Protection (3)
ENT 6116 – Business Plan Development (3)
ENT 6186 – Strategic Market Assessment for New Technologies (3)
IDS 6240 – Coastal sustainability: Principles and Concepts (3)
IDS 6241 – Sustainable Coastal Planning (3)
URP 6930 – Food Systems Planning (3)
PHC 6515 – Food Safety (3)
STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE TWO OF THE THREE COURSES BELOW TO FULFILL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONCENTRATION:
TTE 6655 – Transportation and Land Use (3)
TTE 6651 – Public Transportation (3)
URP 6711 – Multimodal Transportation Planning (3)
GEB 6457 – Ethics, Law and Sustainable Business Practices (3)
AND CHOOSE ONE OF THE TWO FOLLOWING COURSES TO FULFILL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONCENTRATION:
MAR 6936 – Sustainable Marketing (3)
MAR 6936 – Supply Chain Management (3)
General Electives for All Concentrations (6 Credit Hours)
Students select two available courses (6 credits) such as the following typically offered. Click here for a list of electives and course descriptions.
Dual Degree Program
Students can pursue a dual degree: Master of Arts (M.A.) in Global Sustainability and Master of Science (M.S.) Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies. Click here for more information on the dual degree program.
On successful completion of this program, participants should be able to demonstrate an understanding of, or explain:
- A broad range of future global change pressures and their impacts on global resource management.
- A holistic and integrated approach to resource management and the resulting waste generation.
- The economic perspectives of sustainability and the relationship between environmental policies and business management.
- The scientific basis for setting environmental quality standards and guidelines and to understand the roles of national and international organization in setting up these standards and guidelines.
- The theory and practice of design and implementation of environmental monitoring and auditing programs aimed at pollution control.
- Environmental ethics and ethical philosophical understanding of sustainability.
-Provides knowledge in the growing field of renewable energy, which is expected to quadruple within a few decades creating significant employment, investment, and trade opportunities. Students will be prepared for private and public sector positions of leadership and responsibility in the biofuels, solar, wind, biomass, smart grid, and other renewable energy sectors. Click Here
-Provides students with a comprehensive understanding of concepts, tools, and skills of sustainability and green technology. Focus areas include green technology, development, transportation, energy, and sustainable enterprise. Click Here
-Students will gain an understanding of the relationships between tourism, society, culture and sustainability. Students develop the skills necessary to design a successful sustainable tourism strategy and development plan that is beneficial to business, coastal and marine habitats, and the local community. Click Here
-Students will understand the complex regional and global water-related sustainability challenges and to develop innovative, sustainable solutions specifically in the specializations of green infrastructure, urban water, and coastal issues. Click Here