Serving students across a broad range of interests, including both the natural and social sciences, the MS in Sustainability trains future leaders to work in the area of sustainability within a variety of fields and industries, with a focus on just and equitable solutions.


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MS in Sustainability

As communities and organizations of all sizes and types recognize the importance of prioritizing sustainability planning and initiatives, the demand for a workforce with graduate level training in this field continues to increase. As a student in the MS in Sustainability program, you’ll develop knowledge and skills essential to create and support socio-ecological systems that address the needs of the present while ensuring that future generations can flourish. The program emphasizes equitable sustainability solutions and problem solving, allowing you to enhance and apply your knowledge of natural and built systems to support just and sustainable communities.

Offered through the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, the MS in Sustainability is designed to be completed on a full-time basis in 12 months, although students may also complete the program part-time. With its flexible, interdisciplinary structure, the program gives students the opportunity to connect sustainability studies to their interest in other fields.

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Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Application Requirements

>Application fee
>Personal statement
>GRE scores are not required
>Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test, if applicable
>Three letters of recommendation


Julian Agyeman
Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate and Interim Chair
Ph.D. , University of London
Sustainability policy and planning, environmental and food justice, intercultural cities
Kate Davies
Kate Davies
PhD , University of Auckland
Adaptive governance, coastal and marine management, equitable sustainability transformations, resilience planning
Christine Cousineau
MArch AS, MCP , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban planning and design, green urban design, retrofitting suburbs, community engagement
Mary E. Davis
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Florida
Environmental health and economics
Laurie Goldman
Senior Lecturer
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Social welfare and housing policy, policy implementation, public and nonprofit management
Justin Hollander
Ph.D. , Rutgers University
Land use planning, urban design, shrinking cities, big data analytics
Shan Jiang
Shan Jiang
Eileen Fox Aptman, J90, and Lowell Aptman Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Big data analytics; spatial data science; urban mobility; urban science
Penn Loh
Senior Lecturer and Director of the M.P.P. Program and Community Practice
M.S. , University of California, Berkeley
Environmental justice, solidarity and new economy, community organizing
Rebecca Shakespeare, Lecturer, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Rebecca Shakespeare
Ph.D. , University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Geographic information system; urban geography; housing; critical GIS
Portrait of Shomon Shamsuddin.
Shomon Shamsuddin
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing policy, education, and community development
Portrait of Sumeeta Srinivasan.
Sumeeta Srinivasan
Senior Lecturer
PhD , Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Intersection of sustainable development and spatial inequities of access
Jon Witten
Senior Lecturer
J.D. , Suffolk University
Land use planning, local government law, natural resources policy

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact Kate Davies.

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