Sustainability Science (MS) concentration in Sustainability Leadership (PSM) - Online

Become a leader who can integrate business expertise with knowledge of science and technology and a passion for sustainability.

Coordinator: Dr. Robert Taylor
Email: | 973-655-7110

Credit Hours: 32 | Courses

The Master of Science in Sustainability Science with a concentration in Sustainability Leadership (Professional Science Master's) is an online graduate degree program designed to fill a management need for governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and private-sector companies. Students pursue advanced training in sustainability science, while simultaneously developing valued business skills. The Professional Science Master's (PSM) in Sustainability Leadership is designed for students to develop analytical skills and the ability to seek optimal solutions to complex issues. Coursework stresses the development of important written and oral communication skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks; the capacity to develop strategic vision in sustainability; and the necessary competencies to translate sustainability science theory into applied decision-making. The cohort-based program encourages students to develop the skills of working collaboratively across time zones.

Complete in One Year

Students will meet on campus for one weekend at the beginning and end of the program. All other coursework will be completed online.

Timeline of courses completed in one year.

The on campus colloquia will be held in the state-of-the-art Center for Environmental and Life Sciences (CELS). This 107,500-square-foot LEED®Silver–certified building is devoted to environmental and pharmaceutical life sciences research. The Center demonstrates Montclair State University's ability to impact the advancement of science and technology, especially in the sustainable use of natural resources and improved human health.

What to expect as you move toward attaining your degree

  • Accelerated, low-residency online program that can be completed in one year
  • Cohort-based where you start and finish in a networked group
  • An “entrance” colloquium where you are provided an overview of the program; meet the professors and colleagues who will form your learning community; are introduced to up-to-date research; and engage in the most important topics and challenges of sustainability leadership
  • A concentrated “closing” colloquium where you present your applied projects; discuss the impact of your projects on career aspirations; and apply your findings into the emerging field of sustainability science as an entrepreneur, business manager, social activist, social enterprise innovator, or governmental employee
  • A project-based, hands-on applied capstone course

Career Opportunities

From a practical perspective, people trained in sustainability science are geared to save costs relative to energy and material use; reduce organization risk; increase an organization’s brand and popular appeal; invent new products and services; and add value to their employer organizations.

Sustainability professionals and managers are employed as:

  • Alternative energy specialists
  • Business operations specialists
  • Chief Sustainability Officers
  • Civil engineers
  • Compliance officers
  • Conservation scientists
  • Energy and water usage auditors and managers
  • Environmental lawyers
  • Financial analysts
  • Green design and construction specialists
  • Industrial ecologists
  • Industrial managers
  • Life cycle assessment specialists
  • Marketing specialists
  • Project managers
  • Recycling coordinators
  • Sustainability accountants
  • Transportation, storage, and distribution managers
  • Urban and regional planners

Where our alumni are employed

Job Outlook and Salary Information for Sustainability Scientists

Professional Resources for Sustainability Scientists