Jun 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sustainability Management and Policy, M.S.

The Master of Science in Sustainability Management and Policy (MSSMP) is designed to provide students with the advanced and highly sought-after expertise needed in the field of sustainability management. The program provides training designed to prepare students to apply the concepts of sustainability within an organization and the regulatory environment by engaging them in advanced and in- demand training. This program will provide a transdisciplinary graduate degree that will empower students with technical, managerial, and problem-solving skills to guide the decision-making process in the context of sustainability. The curriculum design objective is to offer a balance between theory and application by illustrating the holistic dynamics of social, economic, environmental, business, and technical systems.

Program Admission

Admission decisions are based on consideration of the applicant’s previous academic record, statement of purpose, resume, letters of recommendation, and performance on admission and English proficiency exams:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in science and/or engineering or other discipline that includes the following coursework (labs not required):
    • General Chemistry
    • Mathematics through college-level Calculus
    • Additional science courses, which could include Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, or Physics.
  • Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines may be considered if the applicant has the above course work completed prior to applying.
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the last 60 semester units attempted and in good standing at the last college attended.
  • A statement of purpose
  • A recent resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A satisfactory score is required on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) that demonstrates balance between verbal and quantitative skills and ability
    • A score of 4.0 or higher on the writing portion of GMAT/ GRE can be used to waive the TOEFL requirement of the Center for International Education and Global Engagement for international students. All other international applicants must take TOEFL and score 80 (550 paper- based) or higher. 
    • U.S. institution located in a country where English is a primary language of communication have satisfied the GWAR and are not required to complete additional assessment.
  • Applicants with a score of 3.5 or lower on the GMAT/ GRE writing portion will not be admitted to the program.

University Graduation Requirements

Satisfactory completion of 36 units of approved graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Completion of the culminating activity course with a grade of “B” or better.

Compliance with all other university graduation requirements.


Culminating Experience - REQUIRED (6 units, 2 courses)

The Integrative Capstone Experience course (6 units) will serve as the culminating educational experience for students in the M.S. in Sustainability Management and Policy Program. It is designed to integrate the transdisciplinary fields of the program’s curriculum. Students must draw on both the practical skills and the analytical knowledge they have gained in order to address crucial sustainability management issues as consultants for a real-world client, potentially related to the student’s ongoing professional positions. Under the guidance of faculty mentors, interdisciplinary teams of students will engage in a twelve-week project with partner companies and non-profit organizations.

In accordance with the California Code of Regulations: Title 5 Education, Section 40510, the projects will be a significant undertaking appropriate to the professional sustainability field. Each project will investigate a range of sustainability issues, including: aligning business strategies with social and environmental goals; developing methodologies to measure business impacts on the environment; and measuring the return on investment from environmental and social initiatives. The project will include a written report documenting the project’s significance, objectives, methods, and recommendations for potential solutions to the problem. In addition, students will be required to do an oral presentation of the project results and recommendations.