12 months
1812 USD/credit
1812 USD/credit
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If you've got a passion for sustainability and desire to affect change, the Sustainability Management program from American University Washington DC is for you. The MSSM trains you as an innovator and an implementer, offering a business-based curriculum integrated with social science, public policy and international issues.

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Sustainability Management graduates from  American University Washington DC are equipped to analyze organizational problems in their environmental context and produce economic, ecological, and socially responsible solutions. 

Recent graduates of the program have found employment across the public, private and non-profit sectors.

An Interdisciplinary and Specialized Program

The program's interdisciplinary structure provides a multi-faceted and nuanced understanding of the field. 

The coursework and curriculum integrate future-oriented business education with environmental and social science, public policy, and international issues. You may also take classes in different schools on campus, offering additional opportunities for enrichment.

The MSSM is the only program in the DC metro area that is available from a business school. In conjunction with an in-depth interdisciplinary study of sustainability theories and practices, students are exposed to modern managerial techniques that are applicable to a sustainable business practices.

The MSSM curriculum focuses on:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Life Cycle
  • Lean Supply Chain
  • Firm Excellence
  • Innovation

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Financial Analysis of the Firm: Concepts and Applications  
  • Social Sustainability Strategy  
  • International Dimensions in Management: Study Abroad Project  
  • Sustainability Systems: Business, Science, Policy, and International Issues  
  • Marketing Management
  • Environmental Science 
  • Topics in Policy Analysis and Management 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A current copy of your resume is required and must be uploaded in the supplemental items section of the online application. 
  • A statement of purpose is required for all graduate programs, including certificate programs, and can be completed on the application form. 
  • One letter of recommendation is required for the the MBA program and all MS programs. 
  • An interview is required for admission to the Full-time MBA and MS Marketing programs. 
  • A non-refundable fee of $100 USD is required. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1812 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1812 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1812 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1812 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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