The MA/MS in Sustainability Studies offers a unique interdisciplinary educational opportunity to develop knowledge about sustainability applicable to a changing and complex world. With occupations changing to include environmentally conscious knowledge, “green” vocations are in higher demand. The graduate degrees in sustainability studies prepares committed leaders to address emerging sustainability issues. This program builds the interdisciplinary knowledge to support a sustainable world and enables students to successfully respond to the sustainability challenges facing society in the 21st century. Students completing the program will have the technical skills to formulate and solve problems at the appropriate scale, as well as the breadth of vision to recognize the interconnectedness and complexity of human-environment systems. The program is tailored to accommodate both full-time and part-time graduate students. Faculty involved in the program are housed in the colleges of Applied Arts, Liberal Arts, and Science and Engineering and represent a diversity of disciplines including agriculture, biology, family and consumer sciences, geography, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The faculty members include researchers engaged in projects spanning many sustainability-related fields, award-winning teachers, and leaders in professional societies within their disciplines.
The M.A. in sustainability studies is designed for students inclined toward the humanities, arts, communication, urban or regional planning, or related fields. The M.S. in Sustainability Studies is designed for students inclined toward social sciences, natural sciences, economics, policy, ethics or related fields.
There are no prerequisites for this degree
The need for environmental protection services is creating excellent job opportunities for those with advanced degrees. The graduates of the Sustainability Studies program will graduate with methodological, statistical, and critical thinking skills that will make them competitive in the emerging sustainability market. Graduates will be prepared for admission into doctoral programs in addition to important positions in the growing field of sustainability-related careers in local, state or federal government, regulatory agencies, nongovernmental organizations, consulting firms and other relevant industries.
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One requirement of the Sustainability Studies application is for students to find a faculty mentor at Texas State University. The faculty mentor must be willing to write an intent to mentor letter in support of students’ applications. The student’s mentor ensures that students are taking the best classes to enhance the degree’s link to the student’s career plans. Hence, the applicant must find a mentor who is doing research and/or teaching in an area of sustainability that is closely tied to the student’s career goals.
Tips on finding a mentor:
Dr. Craig Hanks (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Philosophy, http://www.txstate.edu/philosophy/people/faculty/hanks.html
Dr. Gwendolyn Hustvedt (email@example.com), School of Family and Consumer Sciences, http://www.fcs.txstate.edu/people/faculty/hustvedt.html
Dr. Vincent Lopes (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Biology, http://www.bio.txstate.edu/contacts/faculty/vicente-lopes.html
Dr. Dianne Rahm (Dianne.Rahm@txstate.edu), Department of Political Science, http://www.polisci.txstate.edu/people/faculty/rahm.html
Dr. Chad L. Smith (email@example.com), Department of Sociology, http://www.soci.txstate.edu/People/faculty/c_smith.html
Finally, you may also contact the graduate advisor of the MA/MS program (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need more advice. Send your career statement to her or him with your inquiry.