Feb 23, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Sustainable Management, M.S.

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Master of Science Degree The online M.S. in Sustainable Management will attract primarily adult and nontraditional students who hold an undergraduate degree and have the desire to continue their education toward a graduate degree for the purpose of engaging in this developing, interdisciplinary field and increasing their professional prospects.

The interdisciplinary focus encourages students to examine sustainability from different perspectives. The curriculum will also ensure that students gain a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which changing human activities affect the inseparable natural, social, and economic environments.

The M.S. in Sustainable Management is an online 34-credit graduate program offered jointly by faculty from UW-Superior, UW-Stout, UW-Parkside, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Green Bay. Each institution will supply up to 10 credits in areas of expertise.

A signature feature of the program is that students can work with their academic advisor to plan and formalize a unique capstone experience that could involve an internship/preceptorship and faculty/student research project.

Upon completion of the M.S. in Sustainable Management, graduates will be able to:

  • Effectively communicate complex issues related to sustainability;
  • Analyze the relationship between human activity and the natural, social, and economic environments;
  • Apply performance metrics, utilizing natural and social capital to drive organizational decision-making;
  • Understand and synthesize the role and impact of the built environment;
  • Evaluate the social and political impact of sustainability in political systems and their obligations to future generations;
  • Examine how organizational leaders develop and enable sustainable organizations; and
  • Apply sustainable management principles to impact the design of products, processes, energy production and use, waste minimization, and pollution prevention.


Students will apply to one of the five partner institutions. Admission requirements include an application, a 500-word statement of intent, two letters of recommendation and a resumé. Upon admittance, that institution will become the student’s administrative home for the degree.


The requirements for the M.S. in Sustainable Management degree include (a) completion of at least 34 semester hours of graduate credit with an overall graduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (b) 24 credits from core, 6 credits of a specialty track, and 4 credits of a capstone course sequence (c) a course distribution as outlined here:

General Requirements
Master of Science Degree

Total for graduation 34 credits  
Core Curriculum 24 credits  
Specialty Electives 6 credits  
Capstone Experience 4 credits  

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