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Sustainability Management

American University Washington DC

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If you've got a passion for sustainability and a desire to affect change, Kogod's Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) program 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. This is a STEM Designated program.

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Overview

Take the next step in your sustainability career today.

If you've got a passion for sustainability and a desire to affect change, Kogod's Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM) program 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. This is a STEM-designated program.

Graduates 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 sustainable business practices.

The MSSM curriculum focuses on:

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

Get The Experience That Matters

MSSM students participate in a dynamic international residency each year to learn about best practices in sustainability management across industry and the public-private intersection.

This international experience offers you the chance to learn about sustainability in different cultures, better equipping you to solve today's most challenging sustainability problems. In the past, students have traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmo, Sweden. Graduate students emerge from this experience ready to lead green projects abroad.

While studying at the Kogod School of Business, you'll also enjoy the benefits of AU's AASHE-certified green campus. American University's Office of Sustainability holds an active presence on campus, encouraging a culture of sustainability throughout the student body. Enrolled students can find work and volunteer experiences that help meet American University's goal of "acting on our values of social responsibility, service, [and] an active pursuit of sustainability."

Course Requirements

Required (15 credit hours)

  • FIN-630 Financial Analysis of the Firm: Concepts and Applications  (3)
  • IBUS-641 Social Sustainability Strategy  (3)
  • IBUS-744 International Dimensions in Management: Study Abroad Project  (2-3) (3 credit hours required)
  • MGMT-617 Sustainability Systems and Innovation  (3)
  • MKTG-612 Marketing Management  (3)

Electives (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

  • ENVS-610 Environmental Science I  (3)
  • ENVS-615 Environmental Science II  (3)
  • IBUS-745 Global Supply Chain Management  (3)
  • PUAD-685 Topics in Policy Analysis and Management  (1-3): Environmental Sustainability and Public Policy (3)
  • SIS-660 Environment and Politics  (3)

Career Track (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours from one of the following, or other graduate courses as approved by the Program Director:

Sustainability Executive

  • ACCT-600 Ethics in Business and Accounting  (3)
  • COMM-689 Communication, Culture, and the Environment  (3)
  • GOVT-627 Government Regulation and Deregulation  (3)
  • IBUS-745 Global Supply Chain Management  (3)
  • MGMT-611 Leading and Managing Change  (3)
  • MGMT-642 Sustainable Products and Purchasing  (3)
  • MGMT-643 Water, Energy and Sustainable Enterprise  (3)
  • MGMT-644 Managing for Climate Change  (3)
  • MKTG-551 Marketing for Social Change  (3)
  • PUAD-685 Topics in Policy Analysis and Management  (1-3): Environmental Sustainability and Public Policy (3) (if not used to fulfill the elective requirement)
  • SIS-649 Environment and Development  (3)

Sustainability Entrepreneur

  • IBUS-671 Peace through Entrepreneurship and Global Business Practicum  (3) / MGMT-671 Peace through Entrepreneurship and Global Business Practicum  (3) 
  • MGMT-660 Entrepreneurship and Innovation  (3)
  • MGMT-661 Entrepreneurship Practicum: New Venture Business Plan  (3)
  • MGMT-669 New Venture Startup: Operational, Financial, and Legal Strategies  (3)
  • MGMT-670 Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy  (3)
  • MKTG-551 Marketing for Social Change  (3)
  • SIS-635 Advanced Topics in Development Management  (3): Social Enterprise: Context and Best Practices
  • SIS-649 Environment and Development  (3)
  • SIS-660 Environment and Politics  (3) (if not used to fulfill the elective requirement)

Sustainability Consultant

  • ENVS-505 Energy  (3)
  • ENVS-610 Environmental Science I  (3) (if not used to fulfill the elective requirement)
  • ENVS-615 Environmental Science II  (3) (if not used to fulfill the elective requirement)
  • ENVS-660 Climatology  (3)
  • ENVS-665 Environmental Risk Assessment  (3)
  • ITEC-643 Project Management  (3) or PUAD-617 Project Management  (3) 
  • KSB-688 Consulting Practicum  (3) / MGMT-688 Consulting Practicum  (3) 
  • MGMT-626 Management Consulting Practices and Methodologies  (3)
  • MGMT-643 Water, Energy and Sustainable Enterprise  (3)
  • MGMT-644 Managing for Climate Change  (3)
  • SIS-620 Studies in Global Environmental Politics  (3): Sustainable Design/LEED Training

Sustainability Communications Executive

  • COMM-639 Political Communication  (3)
  • GOVT-627 Government Regulation and Deregulation  (3)
  • IBUS-671 Peace through Entrepreneurship and Global Business Practicum  (3) / MGMT-671 Peace through Entrepreneurship and Global Business Practicum  (3) 
  • PUAD-603 Policy Process  (3)
  • PUAD-681 Managing Nonprofit Organizations  (3)
  • PUAD-685 Topics in Policy Analysis and Management  (1-3) (approved topics)
  • REAL-736 Urban Planning and Sustainability  (3)
  • SIS-620 Studies in Global Environmental Politics  (3): Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture
  • SIS-635 Advanced Topics in Development Management  (3): Social Enterprise: Context and Best Practices
  • SIS-660 Environment and Politics  (3) (if not used to fulfill the elective requirement)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

  • MGMT-720 Applied Sustainability Management  (3)

Admission

The application for admission to all Kogod graduate degree programs and graduate certificate programs is only available online. To begin the application process, please create an account along with a username and password. These credentials will provide access to your online application along with a personalized information page throughout the admissions process.

As you complete your application, we recommend saving changes on each page as you work. Once you submit your application, your responses will remain final, but you can still access your personalized information page to check on missing items.

To ensure that your application receives full consideration, your completed application as well as all required documents and test scores should be on file in the Kogod Graduate Admissions Office by the dates outlined below.

When a decision is made, you will receive an email notifying you that a decision is available. Your decision letter will be available through your personalized information page.

Steps to apply

  • Create Your Application Profile
  • Submit Your Application & Pay Application Fees
  • Submit Supporting Documents
  • Receive Confirmation Your Application is Complete
  • Complete your Admissions Interview (if applicable)

Requirements

  • Work Experience
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE Score (optional)
  • Interview (by invitation only)
  • Application Fee & Enrollment Deposit

Language Requirements

Applicants whose native language is not English and who do not meet the English Proficiency Test Waiver requirements outlined below must demonstrate English language proficiency through completion of one of the following exams within the last two years. 

  • TOEFLA minimum required score of 100 or higher is required for the internet-based test (IBT)Submit official scores to code 5007 through the testing center. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into the supplemental items section of the application and used to make an application decision, but the official score report is required before the start of the academic term.
  • IELTSA minimum score of 7 or higher is required. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into the supplemental items section of the application and used to make an application decision, but the official score report is required before the start of the academic term.Official scores must be submitted by having the testing center mail the scores using one of the mailing methods below. 
  • DuolingoA minimum score of 120 or higher is required for the internet-based test (IBT).Official scores must be submitted through the Duolingo website. Unofficial test scores may be uploaded into the supplemental items section of the application and used to make an application decision, but the official score report is required before the start of the academic term.

The Kogod Office of Career Engagement

The Office of Career Engagement empowers students and alumni to build meaningful relationships and careers. We provide the guidance, skills, and networking opportunities to turn aspirations into meaningful outcomes.

Students receive one-on-one guidance on relationship building, transitioning to new business jobs, crafting their resumes, and utilizing social media in their job searches. We also partner with employers to connect them with students and alumni who align with their professional needs.

The Office of Career Engagement helps build the path from passion for success, helping students, alumni, and employers make informed and intentional career decisions. 

Job searchInternshipsOther resources

  • AU Job and Internship Fair
  • Handshake
  • NACE Salary Calculator
  • Participating Employers
  • Events
  • On-Campus Employment for Students
  • Postings for Graduate Students
  • Postings for Undergraduate Students
  • Business Cards
  • Online Toolkit

Updates

The Kogod Office of Career Engagement will continue to support our students’ career development while maintaining their safety and well-being by moving our services online. To best provide access to our services and resources over the next few weeks, we will implement the following changes:

  • All career advising appointments will be conducted virtually. Handshake appointment confirmations will contain a Zoom link for your meeting. If you have difficulty locating the Zoom link or scheduling an appointment, contact kogodcareers@american.edu for assistance.
  • We are moving upcoming workshops online and will update the event details in Handshake accordingly.
  • Our Employer Relations team continues to work with employers recruiting Kogod students. Handshake will be regularly updated with available job and internship opportunities, and we will continue to host information sessions, panels, and other recruiting-related events virtually.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through this together. Please check Handshake frequently for updates on programming and opportunities. We encourage students to continue submitting applications and expanding and engaging their professional networks. If you need help adapting your career strategy or have any other questions or concerns, please email kogodcareers@american.edu or schedule an appointment on Handshake.

Financial Aid

An AU education is affordable.

80%

of incoming students receive aid.

$100M

in financial aid awarded to undergraduates per year.

24

dedicated financial aid staff members. All incoming freshmen are assigned an individual counselor.

Need-Based Aid

Awards go to students with demonstrated financial need.

AU determines your need based on the information you provide on the required financial aid applications.

Merit-Based Aid (Scholarships)

All students who apply to AU are considered for most merit awards, including Deans' and Presidential, on the basis of their admissions application.

Student Employment

Income from work-study jobs is to be used exclusively for educational purposes. Award amounts vary; hourly wages are determined by the employer and job category.

Applying for Financial Aid

Forms to Complete

  • Apply to AU
  • Complete the FAFSA
  • Complete the CSS Profile

What you will need

  • Financial Aid School Codes (FAFSA 001434 and CSS Profile 5007)
  • Parent and Student Federal Student Aid Identification
  • Parent and Student Social Security Numbers
  • Federal Tax Forms to include W2s, 1099, etc.
  • Non-Custodial Parent Contact Information

"The MSSM program is well-positioned to create the next generation of leaders."

Joshua KaplanSustainability Management

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

30 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required
GMAT admission requirements GMAT
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Work Experience
  • Current Resume
  • Statement of Purpose Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GMAT/GRE Score
  • Interview (by invitation only)
  • Application Fee & Enrollment Deposit

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    54360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1812 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    54360 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1812 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

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

Funding

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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