Environmental challenges today are beyond complex, always changing, and sustainability is a passionate topic for you. By learning and applying your knowledge of sustainable development, your efforts will be impactful and lasting.
Sustainable development is a complex issue requiring elements of ecological science, stakeholder participation and organizational decision-making. In AUNE’s Sustainable Development & Climate Change ES MS there are courses in climate change, sustainable community planning, and building sustainable organizations. You will gain the skills you need to manage change in the for today’s environmental challenges.
Fall & Spring Entry – Apply now for Fall
Classes meet one day a week plus 3-5 weekends per semester.
5 semesters to complete (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring)
Professional Science Master’s Designation
Students who wish to graduate with the PSM designation must take at least 18 science and/or math course credits.
Track 1: Students who choose Track 1 register for 4 courses in both their first Fall and first Spring semesters. This track provides students with an opportunity to schedule the entire Summer and/or Spring II semesters off campus. *This is the preferred sequence for those intending to do a Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project.
Track 2:Students who choose Track 2 register for a maximum of 3 courses per semester. This Track provides students with a more evenly paced sequence of coursework throughout their program.
Requirements: 42 CREDITS
Students may select any 3 out of 4 core courses
Core (C) ; 9 credits; Concentration (T) ; 6 credits; Methods: courses selected by student – 18; Internship ; 6 credits; Capstone Project ; 3 credits
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.
- Urban Planner
- Environmental Planner
- Nonprofit Management
- Urban Ecologist
- Community Organizer
- Climate Activist
- Environmental Consultant