Chatham University

One-Year Master of Sustainability
for EARTH University Graduates

From the local level to emerging global initiatives, sustainability principles are growing in importance and influence in all aspects of our society. Individuals and organizations are increasingly seeking to gain the knowledge and practical skills necessary to manage the complex challenges posed by sustainability. With the Master of Sustainability program, Chatham University is educating leaders to confront and address these challenges.

The Master of Sustainability at Chatham University's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment (Falk School) is a full-time cohort program offering an innovative and unique approach to the study of sustainability. By identifying and finding solutions to real-world sustainability challenges, our students develop an academically sound, yet professionally-oriented understanding of how to simultaneously improve economic development, social justice, and the biophysical environment.


Core Courses (9 credits)

Students with a degree from EARTH University already have knowledge of much of the Chatham core. Therefore, an abbreviated core provides training beyond that provided in the EARTH curriculum:

+ SUS 502 - Sustainability and Systems (3)

In this course, students will develop skills necessary to understand, describe, and communicate complex systems. Working from examples, exercise and interactive discussions, students will learn to identify key drivers and leverage points for change. Students will learn to solicit useful information, model, and enact change using a various systems-based tools.

+ SUS 550 - Experiential learning at Eden Hall (3)

In this course students access the learning laboratory aspects of Eden Hall campus, learning about energy, water resource, agricultural, and community health through direct engagement with the campus, as practiced under US regulatory standards.

+ SUS 595 - Proseminar (3)

This course will introduce students to professional and networking opportunities through a series of activities, guest speakers and events.


Area of Expertise (15 credits)

Each student will complete a minimum of four classes (12 credits) and a project (3 credits) demonstrating knowledge and experience in sustainability in the US context in a focused area of expertise. Your area of expertise could include but is not limited to:


Internship (6 credits)

The internship will be an opportunity to work intensively with a US-based organization, including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and government. Most opportunities will be in the Southwestern Pennsylvania area, but other US locations are possible.

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