Sustainability, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • N/A
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    32400 USD/full
    Tuition fee
    3240 USD/full
    Tuition fee
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #1 (ARWU) , MA,
Gain insight into critical environmental factors affecting air, water, climate, and ecosystems. In this masters degree program, you learn to evaluate and design practices, technologies, and systems that bring sustainable solutions to communities and organizations. The Sustainability degree is offered by Harvard University.

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Key learnng outcomes

Through the masters degree program in Sustainability at Harvard University you develop:

  • Gain knowledge of sustainability criteria and benchmarking measures to critically evaluate the health of ecological and human developed systems.
  • Develop an understanding of policies, technologies, and financial models that support sustainable development.
  • Build competency in a variety of quantitative and analytic skill-sets requisite for success as sustainability professionals; and with these skill-sets.
  • Learn to design more sustainable solutions that holistically reduce impacts and increase benefits to society and ecosystems.
Program Overview

The degree includes either nine courses and a thesis or 11 courses and a capstone, with at least one course taken on campus.

  • Get started. You begin the admission process by completing three admission courses from the program curriculum. This is your opportunity to demonstrate your commitment and ability to perform well as a Harvard student.
  • Apply to the program. While you are completing your third admission course, you submit your application. We have application periods in the fall, spring, and summer.
  • Continue your studies, online and on campus. As you progress through the program, you choose from courses offered on campus or online, in the fall, spring, or summer. To fully experience Harvard, you take at least one course on campus as part of your degree. Short, intensive on-campus options are available.
  • Complete your thesis or capstone. If you choose the thesis track, you'll work independently with a thesis director to conduct in-depth research on a topic relevant to your professional plans. You'll emerge with a solid understanding of how scientific research is executed and communicated, producing publishable quality results. In the capstone track, you work in a classroom setting to apply knowledge and skills obtained in the program to design a significant, hands-on, applied research project, or you'll design and execute a real-world consulting project for an industry client in need of an innovative sustainable solution to a pressing business need.

Programme Structure

Including the admission courses, youll complete the following courses to earn the degree:

  • Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • Environmental Management
  • Three knowledge-set courses
  • Three skill-set courses
Additional Thesis Track Requirements
  • One Crafting the Thesis Proposal course on the Harvard campus
  • A masters thesis
Additional Capstone Track Requirements
  • Three capstone electives
  • One capstone course on the Harvard campus
The Harvard On-Campus Experience

Many courses can be taken online, but you are required to come to Cambridge for at least one courseeither the thesis proposal course or capstone coursewhich gives you access to faculty, campus resources and the academic community.

You may complete the thesis proposal course either in our three-week January term or three-week summer term. You may complete the capstone through the three-week summer term or four intensive Saturdays during our fall or spring semesters.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      Regular mandatory meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

To begin the admission process, complete:

  • Proseminar: Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems
    • To register, you must pass the critical reading and writing skills test or earn a B or higher in the relevant expository writing course.
    • You need to earn the minimum grade of B in a maximum of two registration attempts. The proseminar cannot be more than two years old at the time of application.
  • Environmental Management or Energy and the Environment
  • One knowledge- or skill-set course

You need to have an undergraduate degree to begin taking degree-applicable courses. The admission courses must be 4-credit, graduate-level courses. You complete all admission courses with a grade of B or higher, without letting your overall Harvard cumulative GPA dip below 3.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32400 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32400 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
  • National

    3240 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3240 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .

Affordability is core to our mission. Graduate tuition is $2,700 per course, and the total tuition cost of earning the masters degree is approximately$32,400.

Funding

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.