MS in Sustainability Management

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Jan 15, 2023
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Mar 15, 2023
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Apr 15, 2023
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Jul 1, 2023
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At a Glance

Companies and organizations are placing higher emphasis than ever before on environmental and social impact. 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.

30 Credits
A STEM-Designated Program

The program can be completed in 12-21 months on a full-time or part-time basis, starting in the fall.

Average Salary

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.

Student:Faculty Ratio

Our small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio ensure that you form a lifelong personal and professional network with your peers and professors.

Why Kogod?

A Business School Dedicated to Sustainability

Our program is one of the few of its kind that is housed in a business school. You will learn the business basics of sustainability, such as budgeting and management. You'll also learn how to innovate and implement sustainable ventures. At Kogod, we practice what we preach—we are the first carbon-neutral university in the country and are an AASHE-certified green campus. The campus itself is an arboretum.

Learn by Doing

Your experience here will be hands-on, practical, and experiential. The classes are designed to train you in risk assessment, life cycle, lean supply chain, firm excellence, and innovation. We integrate social responsibility throughout the coursework, aware that there is no environmental justice without social justice. At the center of our curriculum is the international capstone project, where you can apply your classroom knowledge to sustainability issues in different cultures.

Choose from Four Career Tracks

A complex issue requires a multidisciplinary approach. That's why our curriculum incorporates topics like environmental and social science, public policy, and international relations. For additional expertise, you will choose from one of our four career tracks.

Obtain Professional Certificates

Gain an edge in this competitive job market by completing one of our six professional graduate certificates.

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.

Beck Treharne

Becks Treharne

Kogod/BS Business Administration '14, MS Sustainability Management '15

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

International Capstone

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.

Degree Requirements

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."  

Vivian Moyana

Vivian Moyana

Current Master's in Sustainability Management Student

Program Highlights
Students learning how to operate machinery

STEM-Designated Program

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.

Kogod students waving hello in Norway

International Capstone Experience

During the spring semester, students will participate in a Global Consulting project. Over spring break, you will travel abroad with your team to learn first-hand about sustainable practices in another country and meet in person with your consulting clients.  Past locations include Copenhagen in Denmark and Malmo and Stockholm in Sweden. 

Looking up at columns at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC.

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.

Business Ethics or Bust

“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.”

Class Profile
Average GPA
2.5 Years
Average Work Experience
Careers & Outcomes

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
  • Analysts
  • Policy advisors

Recent employers include:

  • Bain & Company
  • Carlyle Group
  • Climate Finance Advisors
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • EY
  • IDB Invest
  • JLL
  • Marriott International
  • UBS
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • World Bank Group

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