Sustainability Program Requirements

Black Hills State University currently is the only university in South Dakota that offers a master’s degree in Sustainability. This two year online program focuses on teaching students scientific, economic, social and environmental knowledge in preparation to lead organizations, communities and the world to a sustainable future. Become a part of a sustainable future and Apply Today! The MSS consists of a total of 33 graduate level credit-hours.


Required Courses

The following courses are on a rotating schedule and are subject to change. Please contact a Sustainability Coordinator or WebAdvisor if you have questions. 



Prefix and Number  Course Title Credit Hours
SUST 510 Fundamentals of Sustainability  3 
SUST 520 Science of Sustainability  3
SUST 530 Environmental Economics 3
SUST 710 Human Dimensions of Sustainability 3
SUST 720 Communication and Change 3
SUST 730 Environmental Law & Policy 3
SUST 750 Quantitative Methods in Sustainability  3
SUST 785 Capstone 6

Elective Course
  Elective Course 3
  Total Credits 33