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MS Sustainability Management, AU

MS Sustainability Management Take the next step in your sustainability career today.

If you've got a passion for sustainability and 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.


AU's LEED certified campus provides opportunities to practice sustainability.

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 a sustainable business practices.

The MSSM curriculum focuses on:

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

We Know Success

Top Employers
  • 2U
  • Deloitte
  • Marriott International
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
Joshua Kaplan, MSSM Alumni

Joshua Kaplan
Sustainability Management

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

Read Joshua's Story

Get The Experience That Matters

Kogod students apply classroom knowledge to improve living conditions at-home and abroad.

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 experience that help meet American University's goal of "acting on our values of social responsibility, service, [and] an active pursuit of sustainability."

MSSM Overview


Integrating business education with environmental science and public policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

The MSSM is a 30 credit-hour program that can be completed either full-time or part-time. Full-time students can finish within one year and part-time students can finish in five semesters. Learn more about the full degree requirements.

Nine of the 30 required credit hours are electives. Students may choose from one of four elective tracks: sustainability executive, sustainability entrepreneur, sustainability consultant or sustainability policy/communications executive.

All applicants, including international applicants, are considered for merit scholarships during the application review process; a separate application is not required for consideration. There is a question on the application that asks you to confirm if you would like to be considered for scholarship. Please answer 'yes' to this question to be considered. 

Please Note: The answer to this question will not impact your admissions decision. Typically only students who are otherwise funded from an employer or government agency would decline scholarship consideration. 

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