MS in Sustainability Management
As organizations grapple with their impact on the planet, they need business professionals who are also experts in environmental issues. An MS in sustainability management gives you the skills to tackle some of the most challenging issues companies face today. Discover how you can implement innovative, responsible solutions while helping your organization thrive.
The program can be completed in 12-21 months on a full-time or part-time basis, starting in the fall.
In 2019, the average salary of Kogod's MS in sustainability management graduates was $90,667, with employers including EY, the US Department of Energy, Alliance to Save Energy, and more.
Our small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio ensure that you form a lifelong personal and professional network with your peers and professors.
Kogod’s Master's in Sustainability Management has opened up my world in so many positive ways; it's enabled me to pursue a career in something that I wake up excited about, inspired by and motivated to create meaningful and impactful change.
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What You'll Learn
The MS in sustainability management consists of 30 credit hours. The curriculum is divided into 15 credit hours of required courses and 3 credit hours of electives.
The remaining credit hours are concentrated on one of the four career tracks of your choosing:
- Sustainability executive
- Sustainability entrepreneur
- Sustainability consultant
- Sustainability policy/communications executive
The highlight of our program is our international capstone project in applied sustainability management. Together with your classmates, you'll travel internationally to learn about best practices in sustainability across different industries and cultures.
You'll Walk Away With
- Functional Business Knowledge—a foundation in each of the functional areas of business, including accounting and financial analysis, production and marketing of goods and services, management of people and organizations, and information and technology management.
- Strategic Thinking & Integration—proficiency in strategic decision-making abilities by integrating academic (across disciplines) and experiential learning. Understand critical interrelationships and linkages necessary for developing global business strategy, including linkages between strategic and operational issues, relationships among functional disciplines.
- Analytical Problem Solving—proficiency in applying quantitative information, tools, methods, and professional judgment in solving business problems.
- Communication—ability to demonstrate professional competence in oral and written communication skills in a business setting.
- Leadership Styles and Team Work—proficiency to identify different leadership styles and demonstrate the ability to work effectively in diverse teams.
- Business & Society—proficiency to understand the global environment in which business operates, including economic, legal, ethical, and societal dimensions.
The MS in Sustainability Management program at Kogod is one of the best. The professors are very supportive, the materials shared are very relevant and easily relatable, the cohorts are highly diverse in terms of all demographic elements, and hence conversations are very enriching."
This season is all about sustainability, what it is, why it's important, how it fits into our everyday lives and careers, and, ultimately, how to get a job that makes a difference in the world. We'll be speaking to alumni with some fascinating jobs in the sustainability space and we'll find out how they got into sustainability, what drove them to want to make a difference, and what the job is really like.
STEM-designated programs equip students with technological expertise and leadership skills vital to the US economy. The designation also allows international students to apply for a 24-month extension of their Optional Practical Training, granting them the ability to work in the US for up to 3 years.
International Capstone Experience
During the summer semester, you will travel abroad with your class to learn first-hand about sustainable practices in another country. Past trips have included Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmo, Sweden.
City at the Forefront of Sustainability
Washington, DC, has been named the first Platinum LEED city in the world for its efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, innovating around clean energy, and implementing other green initiatives.
“We wanted to do something to contribute to the environment,” says Anderson. “These organizations fell into our ethos, and it’s an opportunity for us to give back to the community that we sell slippers to.”
Taylor joins us from her hometown of Smithfield, VA, and she has a bachelor's degree in apparel, housing, and resources management with a concentration in fashion merchandising from Virginia Tech. Why did Taylor choose Kogod? So many reasons! Kogod employs an interdisciplinary learning approach that offered an unmatched variety of courses. She also really appreciated the academic rigor Kogod is known for! But don't take our word for it! Schedule a one-on-one appointment with Taylor to learn more about her reasons and her experience at Kogod.
Foster joined us from his hometown of Advance, NC, and he has a bachelor's degree in environmental technology and management from North Carolina State University. Why did Foster choose Kogod? So many reasons! Kogod checked all the boxes for Foster—including our unique offering of studying sustainability through a business lens at a fantastic location that offers countless professional opportunities. But don't take our word for it! Schedule a one-on-one appointment with Foster to learn more about his reasons and his experience at Kogod.
Our graduates have found professional success across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, with 63 percent working in for-profit organizations, 21 percent working in government organizations, and 16 percent working in nonprofit organizations.
Graduates of the program can work as:
- Communications officers
- Program officers
- Project managers
- Policy advisors
Recent employers include:
- Department of Energy & Environment
- Environmental Defense Fund
- US Department of State
- The World Bank
- World Wildlife Fund
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