Sustainable Communities

Northern Arizona University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
25708 USD/year
25708 USD/year
10480 USD/year
Tuition fee
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If you're looking to expand your personal and professional perspectives on the complex issues of contemporary society, then consider the Sustainable Communities program of the Northern Arizona University. Among the first of its kind, this degree can help you merge the field of liberal studies with critical issues related to sustainability and community life.


You create your own course of study, focusing on your personal, intellectual, ethical, and practical concerns. Through the Sustainable Communities program of the Northern Arizona University, you will take an integrated approach to several areas of study, such as anthropology, business, economics, the performing arts, and many more. Building your expertise in sustainable community practices will prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities.

The M.A. program in Sustainable Communities (SUS) at NAU integrates many areas of study, including anthropology, the arts, business, humanities, economics, education, environmental science, history, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, women's studies, and technology. Students gain both depth and breadth in understanding issues important to sustaining community life by choosing from among our own courses and those from across the university. This is a 36-credit-hour program that culminates in a thesis or final project and encourages you to pursue social and environmental sustainability issues. Our guiding principles are:

  • Inter-disciplinary inquiry
  • Linking theory and practice
  • Issue-based research
  • Learner-based curriculum
  • Working with community
  • Flexible pedagogy


With further education, one of these paths is possible:

  • Community organizer
  • Non-profit administrator
  • City planner
  • Ecological restoration professional
  • Journalist
  • Ecological entrepreneur

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visions Of Sustainable Communities
  • Elements And Contexts Of Sustainable Communities
  • Social Transformations
  • The Craft Of Inquiry
  • Achieving Sustainable Communities

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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36 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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs.
  • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
  • Transcripts.
  • English language proficiency scores.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement or essay.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25708 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    25708 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25708 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    10480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10480 USD per year 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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