Environmental Management and Sustainability (M.S.)
Learn how to effectively make the business case for sustainability.
In an era of rapid globalization and ecological change, environmental sustainability presents major challenges for societies, governments, and businesses alike. The Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability Program (EMS) is designed to provide students who have backgrounds in engineering and other STEM fields with real-world skills, training, and knowledge that will prepare them to address those challenges.
With an applied approach and a curriculum that integrates business, science, and law, the program emphasizes how to use technological innovation and entrepreneurial activity to develop effective environmental management and sustainability systems.
Courses examine the interaction between economic growth and the environment, including how to apply environmental-economic models, the implications of environmental externalities, and pollution prevention and control strategies and policies in the areas of solid waste, water and wastewater, and air pollution. Students gain experience with cutting-edge managerial and analytical tools and techniques.
Chicago boasts a dynamic mix of high-tech companies, entrepreneurial activity, green businesses, and local efforts to build sustainable communities. Illinois Tech’s location and connections built by Stuart School of Business faculty put those resources within reach and provide students with opportunities for hands-on projects, networking with industry professionals, and pathways to careers in the nonprofit, governmental, and business sectors.
This is a STEM-designated program, and international graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an extension for Optional Practical Training.
The Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability program enables people with STEM backgrounds to develop their environmental management expertise and knowledge of law and policy, hone their technical skills, and learn how to apply technological innovation to build sustainable systems in government, industry, and corporate settings.
M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability graduates are equipped to work in a variety of environmental sustainability and compliance management positions, such as sustainability manager, energy and sustainability analyst, sustainability consultant, EHS (environmental, health, and safety) specialist, and many others.
Companies, organizations, and governmental agencies that have hired Stuart EMS graduates include:
- Motorola Solutions
- United States Environmental Protection Agency
- Solarmer Energy
- Fermilab (U.S. Department of Energy)
- Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
- TerraLocke Sustainability Consultants
The M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability program integrates business, science, law, and public policy to give students the knowledge and tools they need to develop sustainable business solutions.
- Completed online application
- Official transcript submission with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- No GMAT or GRE scores required
- Official TOEFL or IELTS score, if required. A minimum score of 85 on the internet-based TOEFL, 600 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 7.0 on the IELTS exam is required for admission consideration.
- Candidates for the EMS program should have an academic background in environmental engineering, civil engineering, or the sciences
- A one-page professional statement of goals and objectives
- At least one letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference
Domestic students pursuing the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability degree who seek to advance their careers in the Chicago-area market are eligible to apply for the Chicago Talent Pipeline Scholarship, which awards a maximum of $14,000 per degree.
International students pursuing the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability degree are eligible to apply for the Stuart School of Business Dean’s Scholarship, which awards up to $14,000 for the full two-year program.
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Prepare for leadership positions in the private or civic sectors by combining the M.S. EMS with another graduate degree in business (M.B.A.) or law (J.D.).
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“The curriculum is put together to provide the most valuable and actionable skills that can be translated to a profession, no matter what aspect of sustainability or environmental management or environment, health, and safety you get into.”
"The most valuable part of the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability program was the experience of the professors having hands-on knowledge of industry, and being able to explain what the theory is and then explain what companies actually do.”
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