The M.S. in Sustainability: Energy and Materials Management will help you advance your career or step into a new job in a growing field. This flexible, 100% online, 30-credit hour, 10-course degree program can be completed in 18 months. The degree helps build an understanding of the science, policies, technologies, financial models, and practices that support sustainable development, preparing students to lead their organizations to a more sustainable future.
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Higher ROI for graduates in the field with a master's degree, Additional earning potential and increased access to job opportunities implies significant value for a degree focused on sustainability. Employer-advertised potential ROI of at least $21,500 higher salary for those with a master’s, with an average median salary of $100,200 annually (Emsi Burning Glass, 2022).
Opportunity for collaboration and shared learning via group project: Students will take a required group project elective to demonstrate in dissertation format the combined materials learned from all courses. Possible projects could be recycling of asphalt, techno-economic analysis of CO2 sequestration, or cradle-to-cradle design of materials, etc.
OU Online’s MS in Sustainability is open to students of all backgrounds. This makes pivoting to a sustainability career easier for interested students that may not have a STEM or engineering-specific background. This will help students meet the rising pressure to understand, comply with, and implement governance surrounding ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) sustainability regulations.
OU Online’s MSS program has identified objectives aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals, and ten courses offered within the MSS program will contribute to achieving those objectives.
Earn the credentials needed for opportunities in any industry looking to advance, implement, maintain, or improve sustainability practices. Graduate with a valuable degree from a world-renowned university while expanding your professional network as part of the global OU alumni community.
Earning an MS in Sustainability from OU Online gives you the skills and credentials to succeed in a growing field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the OU alumni community. Put yourself at the forefront of where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.
Tuition and fees for the program are $29,550* ($985 per credit), not including books and course materials.
*Tuition and fees are subject to change at the discretion of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Offered through the University of Oklahoma’s Gallogly College of Engineering, the online Master of Science in Sustainability intends to focus on the energy and materials sectors of sustainability, leveraging the current expertise and cutting-edge research conducted within the School of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering, while diversifying the economy, fulfilling socio-economic gaps identified by the policymakers and enabling under-represented minorities to engage in managerial positions successfully. Focusing on the energy and materials sectors, the degree integrates relevant economics, social sciences, project management, and leadership studies, empowering students to be change agents and equipping them with the skills to develop solutions that move the world forward.
Students can start in the fall or spring, joining synchronous sessions led by world-class OU faculty. Courses are conducted over Zoom one evening per week, Monday-Thursday. Students will also be allowed to collaborate and shared learning in the “Challenge- Group Project” course, where groups of students complete an independent study on topics of their choice, with the option to attend in person at OU’s Norman campus.
To apply to the online Master of Science in Sustainability program, you must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent). In addition to completing an online application, you will need to provide the following:
The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before the start of classes. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.
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