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Arizona State University — School of Sustainability

Program Type:
Master's International
School of Sustainability
Degrees Awarded:
Sustainability (MA), Sustainability (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:
Application deadline is December 15 for the following Fall semester.
Admissions Cycle:
Review of applications from December to May for Fall semester.
Program Start:
Fall (end of August)
Program Founded:
November, 2009


Our graduate program increases students' understanding of sustainability principles. Students learn to organize collaborative, transdisciplinary teams to conduct research and provide adaptive solutions to specific sustainability problems. The strength of the graduate program derives from a diverse and outstanding group of faculty and students, and an extensive and well-funded research and outreach program.

The degree programs in sustainability not only build on the skills generated by discipline-based study, but make it possible to address the linkages between people and their social, natural, and built environments. Students work on real-world challenges making the School of Sustainability an ideal context in which to pursue the Peace Corps MI degree.

Graduates are prepared for admission into strong graduate and professional schools or may assume positions in higher education, industry, consultancy, utilities, regulatory agencies, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, or local, state or federal government.

Peace Corps MI students can earn up to 6 credits for independent study courses related to their Peace Corps service or master's research. They are eligible for department and university funding, assistantships, fellowships, and travel or research support, and for needs-based federal financial aid.


The School of Sustainability offers diverse areas of study to prepare graduates for a wide variety of careers. Tracks in the School include International Development and Sustainability, Food System Sustainability, Sustainable Urban Dynamics, Sustainable Energy and Material Use, Sustainable Water, and Sustainable Ecosystems.


  • Admissions criteria include the ability to complete the degree requirements successfully and in a reasonable time period; match between the applicant's background and interests and the school?s research, teaching, and outreach programs; and contribution to the diversity and balance of our overall graduate program.
  • Students must have at least a 3.25 grade point average (on a 4.0 = best scale) in the last 60 semester hours or last 90 quarter hours in their undergraduate program. Students not meeting the minimal requirement may apply to the School, but additional documentation of their ability to undertake graduate study will be required.
  • Students must take the general test of the Graduate Record Examination. There are no minimum scores, but admissions prospects are enhanced by scores above the 70th percentile for verbal and quantitative.
  • Applicants must include a statement of purpose and three letters of recommendation.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Katie Kinast
Graduate Academic Success Coordinator

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University PO Box 875502
Tempe, Arizona 85287