Environmental Management and Sustainability

Environmental Management and Sustainability (M.S.)

Learn how to effectively make the business case for sustainability.

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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.

Through Illinois Tech’s one-of-a-kind Elevate program, you are guaranteed hands-on experiences throughout your graduate education, such as virtual and in-person internships, and personalized guidance from a career adviser, academic mentor, and alumni coach.

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.

STEM-Designated Program

This is a STEM-designated program, and international graduates of the program are eligible to apply for an extension for Optional Practical Training.

Program Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

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
  • Abbott
  • 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.

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  • 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 statement of purpose, with 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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Tuition and Fees

More Program Options

Dual-Degree Programs

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.).

Interdisciplinary Focus

Enhance your expertise with the latest industry-relevant ideas, skills, and tools.

Accelerated Master’s Program

Current Illinois Tech undergraduates can earn both a bachelor’s degree and an M.S. EMS in as few as five years through the AMP co-terminal option.

Hone Your Skills with Hands-on Projects

“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.”

—Giovanni Rumbolo (M.S. EMS ’14), Sustainability Manager, Abbott

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"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.”

—Maureen Stroud (M.B.A./M.S. EMS ’11), Founder and Managing Director, Shinka Sustainability Consultants

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Move Your Career Forward

Alumni relations

A global network of accomplished Illinois Tech alumni is available to engage with and support our students.

Career development

Stuart’s Career Management Center offers individualized career counseling, resources for job and internship search, and opportunities to network with industry professionals.

Featured Faculty

Weslynne Ashton
Associate Professor Faculty Affiliate, Armour College of Engineering
Nasrin Khalili
Associate Professor Emerita of Environmental Management Adjunct Professor, Industrial Technology and Management
Ghazale Jafari Haddadian
Clinical Assistant Professor of Operations and Energy Management
Keith Harley
Adjunct Faculty Co Director PEEL Prog.
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Is Your Business Sustainable?

Associate Professor Weslynne Ashton and colleagues have developed a framework to measure the contributions of different types of capital in the sustainability of a system, which will inform decision-making by businesses, governmental agencies, and other entities.

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