12 months
29379 USD/year
31258 USD/year
12311 USD/year
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The Sustainable Development at The University of Iowa is an interdisciplinary graduate program awarded by the Graduate College. The MS is awarded with or without a thesis.


About Sustainable Development at The University of Iowa

For students looking to build a better tomorrow, the University of Iowa has a new answer. In Fall 2022, the UI will begin offering an Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Sustainable Development. This program will build on course work, community-engaged projects, and professional development experiences that will culminate in a master’s degree.

Students will be trained as next-generation sustainability professionals for career placement opportunities at state and federal agencies, national laboratories, policy think tanks, and in the private sector.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Future
  • Skills for Future Leaders in Sustainable Development
  • Communicating Data through Stories
  • Sustainable Communities Lab
  • Spatial Analytics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Fall - January 30 is the priority date to be considered for financial aid.


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • English Proficiency Requirements
  • submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  • A one-to-two-page self-statement describing why you are interested in the Sustainable Development Graduate Program
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29379 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29379 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31258 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31258 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12311 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12311 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Iowa City

1187 - 1841 USD /month
Living costs

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


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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