With a concentration in Sustainability and Sustainable Development, you'll be prepared to help organizations and people strike a balance between meeting immediate needs and ensuring a secure, livable future. Your study will combine environmental, economic, social, and political elements.
Power the present, protect the future
The field is green … and open
By completing this concentration, you will be well prepared to work in a variety of settings, including governments and government agencies, private businesses, nonprofit entities, and other special-interest organizations that seek to sustain and improve current and future conditions for life on earth.
A broad base, plus depth and detail
You'll begin by mastering the fundamentals reflected in the MPA program's core competencies. These five courses (15 credit hours) will give you well-developed analytical skills and a broad understanding of policy issues and government processes. In addition to these highly transferable core skills, the Sustainability and Sustainable Development concentration includes two required courses which provide the fundamental theories and tools of sustainable development:
- Sustainable Communities (S 515)
- Sustainable Development (S 596)
You'll also choose at least two courses that will help you develop a set of analytical tools.
Personalize your program
The remainder of the coursework comes in a wide range of elective courses. These will allow you to tailor your Sustainability and Sustainable Development program to your own specific interests. The electives are grouped into two categories:
Development, Policy, and Entrepreneurship
- Human Behavior and Energy Consumption (G 511)
- Principles and Practices of Social Entrepreneurship (V 559)
- Approaches to Development (D 576)
- Seminar in Urban Economic Development (L 622)
- Environmental Economics and Policy (R 625)
- Natural Resource Management and Policy (R 643)
- Economic Development, Globalization, and Entrepreneurship (D 669)
- Energy Economics and Policy (R 674)
- Topics in Public Policy: International Environmental Policy (V 710)
The Natural Environment
- Fisheries and Wildlife Management (E 460)
- Urban Forest Management (E 522)
- Forest Ecology and Management (E 528)
- Introduction to Applied Ecology (E 532)
- Restoration Ecology (E 534)
- Lake and Watershed Management (E 545)
- Conservation Biology (E 557)
Our MPA offers far more than traditional lectures and lessons. You'll also get the benefit of experiential learning—typically through an approved internship. What's more, your concentration's course work will culminate in a project-oriented course—a capstone—that lets you apply the knowledge you gained throughout the program.
Combining your Sustainability and Sustainable Development concentration with another MPA concentration—such as Economic Development, Policy Analysis, or Public Financial Management—may offer you unique advantages in pursuing a particular career. As they help you design your program, our faculty will work to accommodate your specialized professional interests.