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The Master’s Degree in Sustainability represents an approach to sustainability concepts built around the “Triple Bottom Line,” which comprises the three pillars of sustainability: economy, society, and the environment. Courses in this program include a multi-disciplinary approach to each of these aspects of sustainability. This program asks students to examine the impacts on business and society caused by the changing environment, and to imagine improvements to existing systems in fields including business and management, economic development, public policy and public health, and environmental justice. Graduates in the growing field of Sustainability can find jobs in fields such as clean energy, community organizing, technology, education, management, planning, and business.
MASTER’S DEGREE IN SUSTAINABILITY DESCRIPTION
The Master’s in Sustainability curriculum provides a challenging and creative learning environment, including courses such as Concepts of Sustainability, Sustainable Business Strategy and Development, Sustainable Energy, Topics in Social Entrepreneurship, Public Health and Sustainability, Systems, Sustainability, and the Built Environment, Sustainable Disaster Management and Development, and Policy Law and Ethics of Sustainability.
The Master’s degree in Sustainability seeks to provide students with a well-rounded view of the various disciplines encompassed by the Triple Bottom Line, and how concepts of sustainability can be implemented into business, public policy, community development, and public health. Graduates will be able to leverage a broad understanding of sustainability concepts to applications in many sectors, and to integrate various approaches in strategy and decision making for the future.
To receive a Master’s Degree in Sustainability, students must complete 36 credit hours as described below. The length of the program is approximately 12 months or 48 weeks (this will vary if a student transfers in credits).
|Concepts of Sustainability||3.0 credit hours|
|Sustainable Business Strategy and Development||3.0 credit hours|
|Sustainable Energy||3.0 credit hours|
|Topics in Social Entrepreneurship||3.0 credit hours|
|Sustainability and Business Issues||3.0 credit hours|
|Systems, Sustainability, and The Built Environment||3.0 credit hours|
|Public Health and Sustainability||3.0 credit hours|
|Food, Culture and The Environment||3.0 credit hours|
|Sustainable Culture, Community & Development||3.0 credit hours|
|Sustainable Disaster Management & Development||3.0 credit hours|
|Policy, Law and Ethics of Sustainability||3.0 credit hours|
|Graduate Sustainability Capstone Course||3.0 credit hours|
CONCEPTS OF SUSTAINABILITY (3 Credit Hours)
This course will employ the framework of the “Triple Bottom Line” and illuminate connections among the different disciplines of business, society, and the environment. The course also considers the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as described in the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Students will recognize specific sustainability issues as part of the complex challenge of developing sustainable societies and systems.
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT (3 Credit Hours)
The course provides students with the knowledge and tools to become purpose-driven business leaders and generate business opportunities. This course explores the different business models that companies can use to drive change and explains why purpose-driven businesses are particularly well-positioned to tackle the world’s biggest problems. Students will learn how to influence management and other key stakeholders on the competitive advantages of being a purpose-driven firm, and how to integrate values in order to transform firms into catalysts for system-level change.
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY (3 Credit Hours)
This class focuses on current and potential future energy systems, covering resources, extraction, conversion, and end-use technologies, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner. Students will learn a quantitative framework to aid in evaluation and analysis of energy technology system proposals in the context of engineering, political, social, economic, and environmental goals.
TOPICS IN SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP (3 Credit Hours)
This course will focus on how entrepreneurs can create, design, grow and lead a sustainable new enterprise. The course will ask students to examine the increasing importance of sustainability and environmental impact on new ventures and product improvements. It will teach students how to incorporate sustainable strategies into their new venture plans and profits while creating brand equity.
SUSTAINABILITY AND BUSINESS ISSUES (3 Credit Hours)
This course focuses on identifying opportunities to create business value from environmental and sustainability issues. Using benefit-cost analysis, risk analysis, and return-on-investment (ROI), this course asks students to define how investments should be measured in business, balanced with strategies to sustain supplies of energy, water, and other critical resources.
SYSTEMS, SUSTAINABILITY, AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (3 Credit Hours)
This course uses a systems perspective to examine and enhance sustainability in the built environment. Students will employ a systems science perspective to study the built environment at various scales (materials, buildings, cities, and regions) and types of systems (physical, social, and information).
PUBLIC HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY (3 Credit Hours)
This course examines the health impacts associated with non-sustainable development including case studies of air and water quality, food deserts, economic segregation, and psychological effects. This course engages students in real-world problem-solving to uncover the causes and potential solutions to the challenges faced by public health experts to improve health outcomes in a changing environment.
FOOD, CULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT (3 Credit Hours)
This course will broadly address the historical, ecological, socioeconomic, biological, political, and cultural environments impacting the human diet in addition to nutrition problems, programs, and consumer protection.
SUSTAINABLE CULTURE, COMMUNITY & DEVELOPMENT (3 Credit Hours)
This course explores the planning and development of sustainable communities by using a range of processes. These processes strive to respect environmental values, avoid of exploitation of natural resources, provide accessibility to all citizens, and ensure a high quality of life for current and future residents.
SUSTAINABLE DISASTER MANAGEMENT & DEVELOPMENT (3 Credit Hours)
This course presents an overview of risk, vulnerability, and resilience. Students will examine the impact of human settlement patterns, land use decisions, and technology on communities and populations. The course explores the social and political dynamics that are present at each stage of the disaster management cycle, and their impacts on the assessment and management of the social and political processes associated with disaster policy and planning.
POLICY, LAW AND ETHICS OF SUSTAINABILITY (3 Credit Hours)
This course explores policy, law, and ethics in the sustainability of economic development and how the law is used to address national and international environmental challenges. This course explores the politics of sustainability, the actors involved in policy formation and implementation, and metrics used to evaluate policy.
GRADUATE SUSTAINABILITY CAPSTONE COURSE (3 Credit Hours)
In this final course, students will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and competencies that have been acquired and learned throughout the Masters in Sustainability program and apply these concepts and methodologies to a variety of real-world situations assessed in a comprehensive Graduate Capstone Project. (Course must be taken in the final semester of the student’s program.)
Everglades University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
100% Online Option
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5 campus options to choose from: Boca Raton, Miami, Orlando, Sarasota, Tampa.