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About Master’s Program in Sustainable Communities

The master’s program in Sustainable Communities at Binghamton University integrates the three pillars of sustainability – environmental protection, economic vitality and social equity – to provide a balanced, holistic perspective on sustainability. Collaboration is at the heart of the Sustainable Communities program, which draws upon diverse academic disciplines: anthropology, economics, environmental science, geography, geology, philosophy, political science, public administration, and sociology.

Through this two-year program, you can pursue a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MS) in Sustainable Communities. The flexibility and versatility of our program allows you to discover the areas of sustainability and gives the option to choose a concentration that interests you most to create a pathway to job opportunities in different sectors.

Graduates will acquire the knowledge and experience to become skilled problem solvers and policymakers who champion more sustainable futures. We aim to develop inspired advisors, analysts, consultants, planners and leaders who can think broadly and act collaboratively – who will rise to the forefront of sustainability.

The goal of the master’s program in Sustainable Communities is to provide professionally oriented students with the skills, knowledge, experiences and networks necessary to meet their career goals. Graduates should be able to:

  • demonstrate an intellectual and experiential understanding of sustainability;
  • communicate effectively about sustainability to different audiences and for different purposes;
  • conceptualize the origins and definitions of sustainability and interconnectedness of environmental, social, and economic frameworks;
  • understand the ethical implications of decisions and actions across diverse cultural, political, and social perspectives;
  • develop analytical skills for applying and assessing sustainability policies in various settings;
  • and collaborate with and lead others to translate the needs of sustainable communities into policy solutions and public/private action.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "although their specific career paths might differ, sustainability professionals promote environmental protection, social responsibility and profitability." Our first-of-its-kind Sustainable Communities program integrates the sciences, social sciences and the humanities to expand your job opportunities.

Sustainability jobs continue to grow in every market sector. The ​U.S. ​Bureau ​of Labor ​Statistics indicates that the employment outlook for sustainability and environmental specialists is projected to grow 11 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. A master's degree in Sustainable Communities will allow you to pursue a career in many existing and emerging fields, including: corporate citizenship, climate change research, green architecture, government sustainability, conservation organizations, green transportation, urban planning and non-profit management.

Last Updated: 4/20/17