Join one of the fastest growing fields in the 21st-century economy. Sustainability-related jobs, especially at the management and leadership level, require a holistic understanding of complex issues and the various applied tools for research, investigation, inquiry. Problems related to sustainability are the most pressing problems of contemporary society and these problems are, at their foundation, social issues. Develop the skill sets and understandings necessary to work on sustainability issues in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Are you ready?
Accelerated Master's Program is available for current Michigan Tech students.
Learn the historical foundations and contemporary frameworks used in sustainability sciences with a master's in sustainable communities. Apply social research and inquiry skills to examine sustainability issues. Gather and analyze information from a diverse set of sources to understand contemporary sustainability issues. Partner with diverse teams of stakeholders to work towards enhancing sustainability based on identified goals. Our program is designed around four core areas: Social Science Foundations, Applied Inquiry Skills, Socio-ecological and Socio-technological systems, and the Capstone Experience.
Sustainable Communities Program Details
Choose a specific degree option or delivery type to learn more about the sustainable communities program at Michigan Tech. For international students, Sustainable Communities is a designated STEM program.
This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of coursework by regularly scheduling graduate research credits.
Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in coursework other than the project:
|Coursework (minimum)||24 Credits|
|Total (minimum)||30 Credits|
|5000-6000 series (minimum)||12 Credits|
|3000-4000 (maximum)||12 Credits|
Programs may have stricter requirements and may require more than the minimum number of credits listed here.
This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through coursework. A limited number of research credits may be used with the approval of the advisor, department, and Graduate School. See degree requirements for more information.
A graduate program may require an oral or written examination before conferring the degree and may require more than the minimum credits listed here:
|5000-6000 series (minimum)||18 Credits|
|3000-4000 (maximum)||12 Credits|
Bachelor's + 1 Year = Master's Degree
Our accelerated master's degree program is a faster, easier way for Michigan Tech students to earn a master's degree. Up to approved six credits from your bachelor's degree can be applied towards your accelerated master's degree. Consult your graduate program director for your individualized plan. If you're thinking about pursuing a master's following your bachelor's this option may be the right choice for you.
Additional Program Information
Want to learn more about sustainable communities at Michigan Tech? Visit the department for more information:
Sample Areas of Interest
Select areas of interest to help customize your sustainable communities MS. Sample areas include:
- Environmental Science
- Public Policy