Sustainability Analytics and Management (M.S.)
In an era of rapid globalization and ecological change, environmental sustainability presents major challenges for societies, governments, and businesses alike. Across all industries and sectors of the economy, corporations and organizations are being driven by investors and other stakeholders, regulations, and public pressure to place more emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues and performance.
The Master of Science in Sustainability Analytics and Management (SAM) program at Stuart School of Business provides students who have backgrounds in engineering and other STEM fields with the training, knowledge, and real-world skills they need to address the full range of challenges facing today’s sustainability professionals.
Using an applied approach, the SAM program teaches you how to leverage technological innovation, data analytics, and entrepreneurship to develop and manage sustainability systems. Courses examine the interaction between economic growth and the environment, including how to apply environmental-economic models and pollution prevention and control strategies.
The program’s emphasis on technical analytics—a core competency that is increasingly required for sustainability professionals—prepares our graduates to excel in positions responsible for measuring and reporting on ESG data for companies and organizations.
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 industries and companies, entrepreneurial activity, green businesses, and local efforts to build sustainable communities. Illinois Tech’s location and connections built by Stuart faculty put those resources within reach and provide students with opportunities for projects and internships, networking, 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 M.S. in Sustainability Analytics and Management program, designed for students with STEM backgrounds, teaches the analytical and environmental management skills required to develop and manage sustainable systems in government, industry, and corporate settings.
Our graduates are equipped to work in management, analyst, and consultant roles in sustainability, environmental compliance, and EHS (environmental, health, and safety) across a wide range of industries.
An analysis in 2021 by the World Economic Forum indicates that employers across all sectors are seeking employees with “green skills” and that manufacturing, healthcare, construction, and public administration are the areas with the highest concentration of employees with green skills.
ZipRecruiter reports that sustainability analysts pull in an average starting salary of $65,757 in the Chicago area. According to salary.com, sustainability managers in the United States have an average base salary of $117,595 as of December 27, 2022.
Companies, organizations, and governmental agencies that have hired Stuart 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
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The M.S. in Sustainability Analytics and Management program integrates business, analytics, science, law, and public policy so that you can develop the managerial and in-demand quantitative skills for career advancement. The program requires successful completion of at least 33 credit hours (11 courses). View environmental management and sustainability (EMS), business (BUS), business administration (MBA), finance (MSF), and marketing analytics (MAX) course descriptions.
Required; 27 credit hours (nine courses)
BUS 550—Business Statistics
EMS 502—Environmental Law
EMS 503—Environmental Pollution Control
EMS 504—Industrial Ecology
EMS 541—Sustainable Energy Systems
EMS 512—Environmental Risk Assessment
EMS 505—Environmental Economics and Finance
EMS 513—Environmental Economics and Climate Change
MBA 504—Analytics for Decision Making
Choose two elective courses (six credit hours total) from the following list.
EMS 501—Environmental Policy
EMS 529—Social Entrepreneurship
EMS 532—Environmental Law Clinic
EMS 542—Economics of Energy Systems
EMS 543—Environmental Compliance and Regulation
EMS 595—Special Topics in Environmental Management and Sustainability
MBA 518—Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
MBA 501—Financial Statement Applications
MBA 509—Financial Management
MBA 513—Operations and Technology Management
MSF 503—Financial Modeling
MAX 503—Marketing Research and Engineering
MAX 506—Database Design and SQL
MAX 507—Visual Analytics—Data Analytics and Visualization
- 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 SAM 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 Sustainability Analytics and Management degree are eligible to apply for the Chicago Talent Pipeline Scholarship, which supports motivated individuals to advance their career paths in Chicago. This scholarship awards a maximum of $14,000 per degree.
International students pursuing the M.S. in Sustainability Analytics and Management 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. SAM with another graduate degree in business (M.B.A.) or law (J.D.).
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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.”
"The most valuable part of the [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.”
Move Your Career Forward
A global network of accomplished Illinois Tech alumni is available to engage with and support our students.
Transforming Our Food System
In the SAM program you’ll study with outstanding faculty such as Associate Professor Weslynne Ashton, a sustainable systems scientist whose research, teaching, and practice are oriented around transitioning our socio-ecological systems towards sustainability and equity. Find out about her recent projects, including two supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.Read More
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