Chatham University

Chatham University's Master of Sustainability (MSUS) program prepares enterprising students with the tools necessary to be the agents of change that corporations, governments, and other organizations need to lead their sustainability initiatives. The program and its focus on real-world impact is inspired by environmental icon and Chatham alumna Rachel Carson '29, whose own work over 50 years ago continues to change the world.

A defining characteristic of Chatham's Master of Sustainability program is its students and the wide range of backgrounds that they contribute to the program. In addition to propelling a systems-thinking academic approach, MSUS students' interests and knowledge bases provide outlets for new ideas and transformative partnerships with fellow students. These opportunities and partnerships then flourish at Chatham's Eden Hall Campus, the first campus in the world built from the ground up on the principles of sustainability, where students have the tools to test, experiment, and refine practices for use in the real world.

The program develops students' expertise in management, Earth systems science, assessment, law and policy, communication, ethics, and other areas critical to implementing sustainability. Students will strengthen teamwork, presentation, and leadership skills valued by employers, experience professional sustainability placements, develop portfolios of projects, and increase their networks of fellow professionals. Graduates will leave the MSUS program prepared to contribute to social, economic, and environmental wellbeing in any context.

Falk School of Sustainability

In 2010, Chatham established what is now the Falk School of Sustainability, one of the earliest schools of its kind in the country, to provide leadership for overcoming sustainability challenges from the local level to a global scale. We recognized that the only way to ensure success in sustainability advancement was to offer programs of study built upon real-world learning and practice – the professional preparation needed to be difference makers for the world. Through the Falk School, students create careers that have impact.

"The capacity of society to meet its current needs without compromising the ecological, social, and economic systems on which society will rely for meeting future needs."

– Definition of sustainability adopted by Chatham's Board of Trustees, October 2008

Project-Based learning

A sustainability education is only as good as what it can create. Through projects, MSUS students understand the whys and practice the hows of sustainability, helping them immediately affect change on a local level. Whether in class or during various summer immersion projects, students see their work make an impact through the application of the knowledge they've gained through hands-on experience.

  • Sustainability Communications
  • Immersion Experience
  • Summer Immersion Experience
  • DataONE Summer Immersion Experience

Sustainability Education Framework

Sustainability infographic

With sustainability as the central focus, the MSUS program develops competencies and knowledge bases in a range of key areas. These relate directly to the mission of the Falk School and support and professionalization of the sustainability field and, most importantly, our students.

Falk Summer Fellowship Program

As a Summer Fellow, students will be guaranteed up to $5,000 income for their summer placements. These opportunities may be either student acquired or come from one of the Falk School's developed placements with organizations working on various sustainable projects. The Falk Summer Fellowship program is competitive, with priority given to applicants who express a preference in international and/or community development contexts. Learn more »

Fellowship Funding

Depending on the project, students may receive some payment from the participating business or organization. Should those funds be less than $5,000, the Falk Summer Fellowship Program will cover the difference.

Eden Hall Photos

There's a lot ongoing and planned for Eden Hall Campus, and it all starts with Chatham's work in sustainability. Learn more about Chatham's history of sustainability leadership that has driven plans for our ultra-green campus.

Rachel Carson's Legacy

The legacy of Chatham graduate Rachel Carson '29 is something we hold very dear. We strive to uphold her ideals every day, from conservation efforts across all of our campuses to the advancement of sustainability in academics with the Falk School of Sustainability and development of Eden Hall Campus. The passion with which we advance these measures reflects the passion she exhibited through her lifelong work in science, sustainability, and social justice. And as her alma mater, we consider the pursuit of our esteemed alumna's vision for the world a proud part of the Chatham legacy.


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