Sustainable Management

Master of Science in Sustainable Management Top of Page

In today's world, understanding how to balance natural, social, and financial systems has become increasingly important for helping you to reach your career goals and become an effective leader in public, business/industry, and nonprofit organizations.  The interdisciplinary nature of this degree encourages students to examine sustainability from different perspectives and the curriculum ensures that students gain a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which changing human activities affect the natural, social and economic environments.

Students who graduate with a Master of Science in Sustainable Management can expect to have a strong foundation for leading change in their current organizations or building new careers that require systems thinking skills.

The online Sustainable Management master's program is offered by UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior in collaboration with UW-Extension. Current, cutting edge curriculum has been developed by faculty from these five campuses with input from private, public, and nonprofit organizations to make sure the learning objectives are current and valuable to future employers.

Designed for working adults with real-world experience, this online master's degree program offers flexibility to help students balance family, job, and other commitments.

If you have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above, you may apply directly to the program. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission but should contact the program's Academic Director.

Admission Requirements Top of Page

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university (in any discipline) and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission but should contact the program's Academic Director.
  • A personal statement of not more than 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainable Management, your short- and long-term career goals, and the value you would add to the learning experience of your fellow students. Space for the personal statement is included in the online application.
  • A resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • The resume and letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Graduate Studies office.

Apply for admission using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

The Master of Science in Sustainable Management program gives you the most up-to-date curriculum with diverse faculty from the five participating campuses. It brings instructors with degrees and experience in these fields: Accounting, Botany, Business, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Economics, Environmental Dynamics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Law, Logistics, Psychology, Range Science, Resource Management, Sociology, and Urban Planning. Sustainable Management program faculty members are uniquely qualified to help you get the knowledge and training to succeed.

UW-Superior Faculty and Staff include:

Mark McCoon, Associate Professor, Academic Director
Rubana Mahjabeen, Assistant Professor
 

Curriculum & Courses Top of Page

Sustainable Management

The 34-credit master's program consists of a core curriculum, specialty tracks, and a Capstone experience (typically taken during the final semester).

Core Curriculum (24 credits, all eight courses required):

Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability -- 3.00 credits
The Natural Environment -- 3.00 credits
Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line -- 3.00 credits
Policy, Law and Ethics of Sustainability -- 3.00 credits
Economics of Sustainability -- 3.00 credits
The built Environment -- 3.00 credits
Geopolitical Systems -- 3.00 credits
Leading Sustainable Organizations -- 3.00 credits

Specialty Track (6 credits, choose two):

Corporate Social Responsibility -- 3.00 credits
Supply Chain Management -- 3.00 credits
Sustainable Water Management -- 3.00 credits
Waste Management and Resource Recovery -- 3.00 credits
Special Topics in Sustainable Management -- 3.00 credits
Study Abroad -- 3.00 credits

Capstone (4 credits total, both required):

Capstone Preparation Course -- 1.00 credits
Capstone Project -- 3.00 credits