MASTER OF ARTS IN SUSTAINABILITY


PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who successfully complete the Master of Arts in Sustainability Program will develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences that are key inputs to developing competent and effective sustainability professionals, which are incorporated into the following three SUST program learning objectives (PLOs):

  1. Systems Thinking – students will identify relationships and interdependencies within complex human-natural systems and analyze those connections through the use of systems thinking diagramming and other holistic tools.

  2. Strategic & Futures Thinking – students will identify, formulate, and evaluate scenarios, interventions, and strategies that address sustainability across social, economic, environmental and cultural realms, intra- and intertemporal contexts, and local and global scales despite uncertainty and access to limited information through project-based learning, case study analysis and research projects.

  3. Collaboration – students will effectively use interpersonal as well as oral, and written communication skills to elevate sustainability issues among a diverse set of social actors through systems analysis and project-based learning; engage and collaborate with actors from academia, government, business, community and other institutions via research, internships, or practical. Model and advocate for sustainable behaviors at the personal, program, university, and community levels through participation in sustainability practices, policy making, citizen science, advocacy, volunteerism, or community outreach.

The Master of Arts in Sustainability is designed to prepare students to lead change initiatives designed to enhance environmental performance, convert economic development into sustainable development, and increase environmental sustainability in all human systems. Students learn to simultaneously search for the underlying causes of global environmental, economic, and social problems while also learning to design and lead initiatives that produce sustainable outcomes for the current and future generations.