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Sustainability, Master

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University rank #1 (ARWU) , MA,
Gain insight into critical environmental factors affecting air, water, climate, and ecosystems. In this master’s degree program, you learn to evaluate and design practices, technologies, and systems that bring sustainable solutions to communities and organizations. The Sustainability degree is offered by Harvard University.

About

Key learnng outcomes:

Through the master’s degree program in Sustainability at Harvard University you develop:

  • Gain knowledge of sustainability criteria and benchmarking measures to critically evaluate the health of ecological and human developed systems.
  • Develop an understanding of policies, technologies, and financial models that support sustainable development.
  • Build competency in a variety of quantitative and analytic skill-sets requisite for success as sustainability professionals; and with these skill-sets.
  • Learn to design more sustainable solutions that holistically reduce impacts and increase benefits to society and ecosystems.
Program Overview

The degree includes either nine courses and a thesis or 11 courses and a capstone, with at least one course taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin the admission process by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least one course on campus as part of your degree. Short, intensive on-campus options are available.
  • Complete your thesis or capstone. If you choose the thesis track, you'll work independently with a thesis director to conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your professional plans. You'll emerge with a solid understanding of how scientific research is executed and communicated, producing publishable quality results. In the capstone track, you work in a classroom setting to apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant, hands-on, applied research project, or you'll design and execute a real-world consulting project for an industry client in need of an innovative sustainable solution to a pressing business need.

Programme Structure

Including the admission courses, you’ll complete the following courses to earn the degree:

  • Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • Environmental Management
  • Three knowledge-set courses
  • Three skill-set courses
Additional Thesis Track Requirements:
  • One Crafting the Thesis Proposal course on the Harvard campus
  • A master’s thesis
Additional Capstone Track Requirements:
  • Three capstone electives
  • One capstone course on the Harvard campus
The Harvard On-Campus Experience

Many courses can be taken online, but you are required to come to Cambridge for at least one course—either the thesis proposal course or capstone course—which gives you access to faculty, campus resources and the academic community.

You may complete the thesis proposal course either in our three-week January term or three-week summer term. You may complete the capstone through the three-week summer term or four intensive Saturdays during our fall or spring semesters.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

To begin the admission process, complete:

  • Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • To register, you must pass the critical reading and writing skills test or earn a B or higher in the relevant expository writing course.
  • You need to earn the minimum grade of B in a maximum of two registration attempts. The proseminar cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.
  • Environmental Management or Energy and the Environment
  • One knowledge- or skill-set course

Tuition Fee

  • International

    33000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
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  • National

    33000 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 33000 USD for the full programme and a duration of .
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Our graduate tuition is $2,750 per course; the total tuition cost of earning the graduate degree is approximately $33,000.

Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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