Master of Science Sustainability

Master of Science in Sustainability

The Master of Science in Sustainability degree is offered entirely ONLINE. The program informs students about theoretical and practical issues relevant to sustainability – great preparation for communicating problems with stakeholders and implementing real-world solutions to work towards a sustainable society.

This inter-disciplinary and innovative program provides students with knowledge that enables understanding of the complex relationship between environmental factors, natural systems, economic structures, legal frameworks, socio-political forces and policy options. The challenges and solutions relating to a sustainable future lean on these comprehensive ideas.

Students will earn a valuable degree that will help gain personal fulfillment and obtain appropriate employment as the fields relating to sustainability become increasingly important in government, academia and industry.

A profession in high demand

The Sustainability degree prepares students from a variety of backgrounds for career advancement or career change. An analysis of job openings shows a growing demand for professionals who focus on sustainability, as well as positions where knowledge of sustainability is noted as a preferred qualification.

Graduates of the BHSU Master of Science in Sustainability program will have the preparation for leadership sustainability positions in:

    • City planners
    • Architects
    • Physical plant managers
    • Policy analysts
    • Construction managers
    • Lawyers
    • Communication professionals
    • Scientists
    • Industrial technologists

A degree in this program will give students the edge needed to advance in future careers while making a difference in the environment.


BHSU is committed to incorporating sustainable practices across our beautiful campus.

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Required Courses

  • SUST - 510: Fundamentals of Sustainability
  • SUST - 520: Science for Sustainability
  • SUST - 572: Resource & Environmental Economics
  • SUST - 710: Human Dimensions of Sustainability
  • SUST - 720: Communication and Change
  • SUST - 730: Environmental Law and Policy
  • SUST - 750: Quantitative Methods in Sustainability
  • SUST - 785: Captsone -6 credits

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

admission requirements

Apply online at

Official BS/BA transcript

Sent directly from an accredited college/ university with evidence of cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.

One letter of recommendation

That can testify to the applicant’s potential for academic success in graduate studies.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Score report if your GPA is lower than 2.75

application fee

$35 (non-refundable)

Minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 550

(For international students only)


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