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Become an innovative environmental leader.

The Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC) is a trans-disciplinary program of study that prepares students to take a leadership role in marshaling and coordinating the required resources to address the complex environmental challenges of a changing landscape in the context of a changing climate.

This degree is offered by AU New England.


Skills Learned

stylized line drawing of head with circles and sparks of understandingSystems Understanding

The SDCC program takes a systems-based approach to understand, intervene and develop solutions to complex the complex challenges. Central to this understanding is that natural and human-based systems are dynamic, vulnerable to disturbance and intimately linked. Students learn how to recognize system stressors that lead to a degradation of the ecological services upon which society depends upon. Concurrently, build the skills to recognize leverage points to shift a system on to a more sustainable path.

stylized line drawing of interlocking and overlapping areasEmbracing Complexity

Many of the environmental challenges facing our SDCC graduates have been termed “wicked-problems”.  Such problems are complex due to multiple spatial and temporal scales of interaction and the need to understand how culture, politics, economics and science intersect. The SDCC program provides the students the skills to strategically navigate such complexity so to establish responses that are environmentally sound economically wise and politically acceptable.

stylized line drawing of three figures on different boxes so they are all the same heightJust and Equitable Solutions

Historic policy and economic decisions have marginalized populations and created inequality in who bears the brunt of the environmental costs. Solutions that are just and equitable and prioritize the most vulnerable is an overarching paradigm of the SDCC program 

stylized line drawing of four figures all supporting each otherBuilding your Professional Network

The SDCC experience is based on a cohort-model. The student cohorts reflect a diversity of cooperatively oriented learners ranging from seasoned resource managers to more recent undergraduates trained with cutting edge management tools. The relationships you build through this program will continue well beyond graduation. Our alumni continue to tap each other, as well as Antioch faculty, in the pursuit of establishing more sustainable paths, not only for organizations, but on the natural landscape as well. 


Program Overview

With this 36-credit graduate program, students can complete the curriculum as quickly as five (5) semesters; however, this is dependent on outside employment and family obligations. In which case, an extended program can be designed in conjunction with your advisor.

Students develop the specific skills to address multi-issue, multi-stakeholder environmental problems. This includes managing the necessary resources, such as expertise, networks, money, communication, and time within the regulatory realities of protecting, conserving, and restoring the environment.

The Four Foundational Pillars of the SDCC Curriculum

The domain of science is presented at a systems-level: understanding community ecological dynamics, watershed-scale analyses, and the life-cycle of materials and energy decisions. Field skills address rapid assessment methodologies, which allow analyses at the broader watershed/landscape scale to focus limited financial resources to mitigate and or restore systems at a finer granular scale. 

The understanding of policy is framed with the understanding resource managers must operate within a regulated environment of natural resource protection and restoration. Policies developed are necessarily informed and framed by the realities of economic approaches to resource utilization. Different approaches to political economy are introduced including the rapidly developing disciplines of ecological and circular economies. 

The management & communication components range from understanding an individual’s motivation to change to more sustainable behavior.  Skills are presented to build stakeholder capacity to address community resilience and facilitating processes that empower others to lead. It is also based on the expectation that our students will quickly move into task, project, team, or organization management positions. 

The practice domain follows a long tradition in the Environmental Studies Dept. The Internship and the program Capstone take the theory and skills learned from the curriculum and allows students to apply these within or for external organizations.

overlapping circles that outline how the credits of the program are distributed through Science (13 credits), Policy (7 credits), Management & Communication (10 credits), and Practice (6 credits)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of their Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC), students are able to:

  • Identify and understand the scientific and social complexities within the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies including ethics, sustainability and social justice;
  • Critically assess the dynamics of maintaining the functional values of natural systems in a changing landscape;
  • Comprehend the dynamics of environmental change at multiple temporal and spatial scales;
  • Understand the structural and functional tenets of organizations in order to maximize their resilience and adaptive capacity in changing regulatory and economic environments;
  • Facilitate solutions to complex multi-issue, multi-stakeholder landscape scale environmental issues;
  • Utilize resources and skills to build needed capacity at the local level to effectively balance economic development with protection of natural resources;
  • Demonstrate competence in field identification of indicators of impact from development;
  • Master field-data collection methods and equipment;
  • Demonstrate the ability to quantitatively and spatially analyze environmental data;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in modeling skills to project possible consequences from current land-use and development decisions;
  • Be adept at proposing, managing and completing team projects, within proposed timelines and budgets;
  • Demonstrate effective communication that effectively translates technical, scientific and economic information for local decision-makers.

Degree Requirements

Thirty-Six (36) graduate credits are required to be awarded a Master of Science in Resource Management & Administration.

Sustainable Development and Climate Change Concentration: Course Requirements 

Courses:

  • ESS-5780: Principles of Sustainable Systems (3 semester credits)
  • ESC-5440: Leadership for Change (3 semester credits)
  • ESC-6010: Political Economy and Sustainability (3 semester credits)
  • ESPE-5700: Watershed Science & Management (3 semester credits)
  • ES-6030: Land Use & Community Planning (3 semester credits)
  • ES-5310: Principles of Organizational Management (1 semester credit)
  • ES-5312: Introduction to Financial Administration & Budgeting (1 semester credit)
  • ES-5810: Climate Change: The Science, Uncertainty and Risk (1 semester credit) 
  • ES-5820: Climate Impacts: Vulnerability & Adaptation Planning (1 semester credit)
  • ES-5830: Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation & Stakeholder Capacity (1 semester credit)
  • ESP-5100: Policy Advocacy: Climate Change (1 semester credit)
  • ESPE-5605: Facilitating Organizations Towards Sustainable Practices (1 semester credit) 
  • ESPE-5610: Organizational Materials & Waste Minimization (1 semester credit) 
  • ESPE-5615: Organizational Energy Conservation (1 semester credit)
  • ES-5240: Proposal Writing and Project Management (3 semester credits)

Applied Experience:

  • ES-6960: Internship (3 semester credits)
  • ES-6990: Capstone Project (3 semester credits)

Electives:

   Science-based course(s) (3 semester credits)

Course Delivery

The curriculum is a combination of classroom/field experiences, asynchronous and hybrid (asynchronous with some Zoom class meetings) courses.

Opportunity for Additional Certifications

In addition to acquiring the Masters of Science in Resource Management and Administration degree, with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change, many RMA students have availed themselves of the opportunity to supplement their degree with additional professional designations. 


Climate Resilience Certificate for Professionals

This is a nine (9) credit professional certificate, with six 1-credit designated courses and then a applied capstone that has as a necessary component some aspect of climate resilience theory and practice.  The SDCC curriculum already has you taking four of the 1-credit courses:

  • ES-5810: Climate Change: The Science, Uncertainty and Risk (1 semester credit) 
  • ES-5820: Climate Impacts: Vulnerability & Adaptation Planning (1 semester credit)
  • ES-5830: Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation & Stakeholder Capacity (1 semester credit)
  • ESP-5100: Policy Advocacy: Climate Change (1 semester credit) 

The SDCC curriculum requires a 3-credit Capstone, so if the SDCC required Capstone includes an aspect of climate resilience, it would meet the Certificate requirement. 

Thus, the SDCC curriculum provides seven of the nine required credits for the certificate. SDCC concentration students would need only two additional 1-credit designated climate courses in order to receive a Climate Resilience Certificate along with your master’s degree.


Professional Science Masters

The Resource Management and Administration degree program, has been approved for recognition as Professional Science Master’s (PSM) by the Council of Graduate Schools. 

SDCC students who wish to earn a PSM designation must take: 

  • Eighteen (18) credits of natural science, math, technology or computational sciences (STEM) courses.
  • Twelve (12) credits of Professional Skills (PLUS) courses
  • A Capstone that is applied, and which allows students to demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication.

The SDCC curriculum provides twelve (12) credits of PLUS and sixteen (16) credits of STEM. 

All Capstones within the RMA degree program are both applied and have written and oral communication components, so this PSM requirement would have been met.

Thus, SDCC students would need to take an additional two (2) credits of STEM to acquire the PSM designation.

Opportunities with Environmental Studies Department Centers

The Environmental Studies Department has a number of Centers through which applied research, education, and communication are conducted pertaining to specific areas of environmental studies.

Many SDCC students have found research assistant, internship, and capstone opportunities with the Center for Climate Preparedness & Community Resilience. This Center focuses on three domains of activities: education and outreach with its national conferences and international webinar series, applied research with current projects focusing on climate health and climate migration issues, and reports such as the recent A Model City: Resilient, Circular, Equitable and Regenerative (Daniels & Simpson 2021)

Additional ES Dept. Centers, where students have engaged in applied work, include:

Admissions

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
    • email transcripts to [email protected], or
    • mail to:
      Office of Admissions
      Antioch University New England
      40 Avon Street
      Keene NH 04341-3516
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

Official transcripts should be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.


Application Deadlines

Antioch University New England processes applications for most programs on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. All application materials should be received in Admissions by the dates listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department.

ProgramTermDeadline
MS in Resource Management and AdministrationFall July 15
SpringDecember 1
SummerApril 1

LEARN MORE


Tuition & Financial Aid

A college education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public, and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants – are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Upcoming Events

Jan 12

Environmental Studies Info Session | AUNE

January 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
Feb 09

Environmental Studies Info Session | AUNE

February 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Mar 02

Environmental Studies Info Session | AUNE

March 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
 

Lead the way to a sustainable future.

Introducing the Master’s program created for the next generation of resilience and sustainability leaders.

  • Use the world as your classroom to identify and understand current global, regional, and community-scale sustainability challenges and solutions
  • Enhance your leadership to catalyze change & propel communities and organizations toward progressive sustainability goals and climate resilience
  • Create effective solutions while exploring real-world challenges through economic, social justice, and environmental lenses

We’ve designed this program to educate the next generation of professionals who are ready to take action on the pressing challenges of a changing climate, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable consumption.It has a fierce focus on social justice and real results.

This degree is offered by AU New England.

Program Overview

In partnership with The GREEN Program, this innovative graduate program combines intensive curriculum, online course delivery, and The GREEN Program’s award-winning immersive experiences abroad. Get ready to bring the textbook to life and travel to three of our world’s top destinations to experience sustainable development challenges and solutions first-hand.

High Impact Global Experiences: In this time of constrained travel, our graduate program has partnered with faculty at the Kathmandu University, Nepal Peru’s Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola and Reykjavik University in Iceland which provide water, energy and food security challenges and solutions. Each learning opportunity in these different settings fully immersive graduate students in the historical, cultural, political and economic aspects of the complex resource management challenges facing these nations. Beyond the first-rate faculty, graduate students will receive unparalleled access to stakeholders who are driving these communities towards a sustainable future.

Curriculum: Does energy transition, leadership for change, participatory action research and global cultural competency, participatory GIS, climate science & communications, climate justice, and equitable adaptation spark your interest? If so, this is the graduate program for you. This diverse and interdisciplinary cohort of graduate students will participate in a high-impact curriculum led by established faculty who teach from real-world experiences around the globe.

Students can complete the curriculum as quickly as five (5) semesters; however, this is dependent on outside employment and family obligations. In which case, an extended program can be designed in conjunction with your advisor

Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Resource Management & Administration with a concentration in International Sustainable Development & Climate Change. (36 credits)

The core curriculum classes meet online in the fall and spring semesters, with a 9-day intensive at the beginning of the first summer term and a 5-day intensive during the second summer term, along with three immersive experiences abroad.

  • One 9-day long intensive in the first summer semester at the Antioch New England campus (6 credits)
  • Three 8-10 day immersive experiences abroad – one in the first summer semester, one in the following spring, and one in the final summer semester (9 credits)
  • Online concentration courses (15 credits)
  • One 5-day intensive in the second summer semester, immediately preceding the Energy Transition course (Iceland), at the Antioch New England campus (3 credits)
  • Program Capstone: Thesis, Internship, or Master’s Project (3 credits)

Concentration Requirements

  • Principles of Sustainable Systems
  • Global Cultural Competency
  • Earth Systems and Climate Change I
  • Earth Systems and Climate Change II
  • Introduction to Participatory GIS
  • Climate Change: The Science, Uncertainty and Risk
  • Energy and Materials Sustainability
  • Climate Impacts: Communication, Facilitation and Stakeholder Capacity
  • Policy Advocacy: Climate Change
  • Climate Impacts: Vulnerability and Adaptation
  • Political Economy and Sustainability
  • Climate Justice and Equitable Adaptation
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Climate Response: Costs and Financing
  • Leadership for Change

Immersive Experiences Abroad

  • Water Resource Management and Sustainable Practice in Cusco, Peru
  • Energy Decentralization: Microgrid Systems for Rural Development in Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Innovation & Sustainability in Reykjavik, Iceland

Capstone Project

  • Master’s Project/Thesis OR
  • Professional internship

Admissions / Cost / Aid

Admissions

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
    • email transcripts to [email protected], or
    • mail to:
      Office of Admissions
      Antioch University New England
      40 Avon Street
      Keene NH 03431-3516
  3. Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.

Application Deadlines

Antioch University New England processes applications for most programs on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. All application materials should be received in Admissions by the dates listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department.

ProgramTermDeadline
MS in Resource Management and AdministrationFall July 15
SpringDecember 1
SummerApril 1

LEARN MORE

Tuition & Financial Aid

A college education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public, and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants – are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

Cost

Department/Program NameTuition Cost per CreditTotal Program Credits
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Degrees:
Resource Management and Administration, MS
Leadership & Management of Sustainable Systems
$1,04630
Resource Management and Administration, MS
*concentrations in International Sustainable Development & Climate Change, or Sustainable Development and Climate Change
$1,04636-38 (with Professional Science Management designation)
Environmental Studies, MS
*consult academic catalog for concentrations available within the degree
$1,04636
Environmental Studies, PhD$1,40069

Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid

Upcoming Events

Jan 12

Environmental Studies Info Session | AUNE

January 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
Feb 09

Environmental Studies Info Session | AUNE

February 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Mar 02

Environmental Studies Info Session | AUNE

March 2, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
 

Environmental Studies Master’s Degree Program Comparison

Which degree and concentration is right for you?

Environment Studies program in the area of Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England (AUNE) offers two different master’s degrees: An MS in Environmental Studies (with six different concentrations) and an MS in Resource Management and Administration. Additionally, AUNE offers a PhD in Environmental Studies.

Degree/ConcentrationTypical Student/Program EmphasisCapstone
Environmental Studies (MS) Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability 36 credits/5 semestersTypical Student: Recent graduates, career changers, people currently working in entry-level, temporary or seasonal environmentally related positions.

Program Emphasis: Training for public interest advocates and grassroots organizers working for ecological sustainability, social justice, and the democratic control of corporations
An internship, Capstone final project or 2nd internship required
Environmental Studies (MS) Conservation Biology 36 credits/5 semestersTypical Student: Recent graduates, career changers, people currently working in entry-level, temporary or seasonal environmentally related positions.

Program Emphasis: Ecology, field work, statistics, GIS, interdisciplinary conservation issues.
An internship, 2nd internship or Capstone options: thesis, an applied project, or a collaborative service learning initiative required
Environmental Studies (MS) Environmental Education 36 credits/5 semestersTypical Student: Recent graduates, career changers, people currently working in environmentally-related positions who are interested in teaching in non-formal settings (any age).

Program Emphasis: Learning science and sustainability content along with teaching/facilitation techniques and program design for non-formal settings such as non-profits, nature centers, aquaria, higher education (e.g., sustainability coordinators), farms, community-based initiatives (all ages).
An internship, Capstone final project or 2nd internship required
Environmental Studies (MS) Science Teacher Certification 36 credits/5 semestersTypical Student: Recent graduates, career changers, people currently working in entry-level, temporary or seasonal environmentally related positions who want to teach in schools either at the high school or middle school level. Read about the prerequisites for the Science Teacher Certification concentration.

Program Emphasis: Learning both science content and teaching techniques for middle and high schools.
Capstone is 6 credit full-time student teaching internship in a school.
Environmental Studies (MS) Self Designed Studies 36 credits/5 semestersTypical Student: Recent graduates, career changers, people currently working in entry-level, temporary or seasonal environmentally related positions.

Program Emphasis: For students whose interests are not covered in our existing programs, options could include nature & writing, conservation & communications, agriculture & community, art and environment, ecology & psychology.
An internship, Capstone final project or 2nd internship required
Environmental Studies (MS) Sustainable Development and Climate Change 36 credits/5 semestersTypical Student: Recent graduates, career changers, people currently working in entry-level, temporary or seasonal environmentally related positions.

Program Emphasis: Science, policy and facilitation and communication skills
An internship, Capstone final project or 2nd internship required
Resource Management & Administration (MS) 30 credits/4 semestersTypical Student: Practicing professionals who wish to improve their skills and advance their careers.

Program emphasis: Leadership and management skills.
Collaborative capstone final project. No internship required.

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