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Become an agent of lasting change.

Why here?
Why now?

There's a better way to lead change. The Chatham Master of Sustainability (MSUS) and MSUS + MBA dual degree programs attract people who know that only bold thinking and action can inspire organizations and restore a healthy planet. Whether you go on to launch a new energy startup or join a large multi-national conservation agency, you’ll apply a 360-degree understanding of how to lead teams and bring sustainable insights from the margins to the strategic center.

Windmills
Energy
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Transportation
Woman in field
Conservation
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Agriculture
U.S. Capitol building
Policy
Dean Peter Walker

Typical change management looks ahead months. We measure change in decades.

Peter Walker, Ph.D.
Dean, Falk School of Sustainability & Environment

Become a champion for resilience.

Chatham University's Master of Sustainability uses the framework of resilience and the UN Sustainable Development Goals to understand climate change and to organize and sustain effective responses. You're here to connect human needs and societal transformation.

Eden Hall Campus

Eden Hall Campus, the world's first university campus designed to be a showcase for sustainable solutions, is home to the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. The campus allows Master of Sustainability students to model sustainable approaches to energy, water, food and agriculture, air quality and climate, and the interaction of natural and built systems.

Community

The UN Sustainable Development Goals emphasize the need for the world's cities (home to 5 billion people by 2030) to lead the sustainability charge. The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment encourages Master of Sustainability students to address urbanization issues directly at the neighborhood, block and family level throughout Pittsburgh.

Business

Pittsburgh’s emerging economy — smart technology, renewable energy and vibrant startups — provides Master of Sustainability students access to a range of corporate internships and careers.

Global Relevance

Your thesis and capstone projects will ask you to apply insights from one or more of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the framework increasingly used by corporations and government agencies to build a more sustainable future. As a result, you step into your career well-versed in the global nature of climate change and the need for scalable and coordinated responses.

Shape your experience.

Five custom-fit tracks built for specific interests and growing demands. Cohort-based. Two-year. Master of Sustainability.

Business and Innovation

Sustainability is at the strategic center of nearly every business. Through our Business and Innovation degree track, you’ll examine the core of business foundations with a deep understanding that sustainable practice is best practice, and all aspects of innovation must consider the reality of climate change. Coursework emphasizes global business and management – honing skills that make the sustainability-minded business professionals of the future.

Ecology and Resource Management

Managing the natural environment sustainably is the bedrock of any society. Through our Ecology and Resource Management degree track, you will explore options for managing, conserving and utilizing our natural resources in a way that does not jeopardize the well-being of future generations. Graduates take on roles managing natural resources in the public sector, the corporate world and in NGOs – whether in the wilderness, rural or urban environments.

Food Systems

Food systems encompass nutrition, health and agriculture expertise that spans practice to business and policy. Our Food Systems degree track gives you the working knowledge to make a real difference in operational roles in the food industry. Graduates examine sustainable production and help organizations strive for more equitable approaches to local and national food systems from farm to table and beyond.

Policy and Economy

Driving lasting change relies on your ability to maneuver policy and regulatory standards. Our Policy and Economy degree track examines the current regulatory environment, as well as the economic, societal and ecological factors that impact environmental policy implementation and formation. Graduates are positioned to take on roles as professional change-makers who assist in drafting new policy and effectively lobby for differences that last.

Urban and Energy Systems

Creating a more sustainable, livable city requires a deep understanding of the interconnected systems that meet the needs of the current urban populations without compromising factors like mobility, health and safety. Through our Urban and Energy Systems degree track, you'll examine these systems – water and energy, local food, transportation and sustainable community development – to drive more resilient and equitable futures.

MSUS + MBA

Master of Sustainability

MBA Dual Degree Option

Leveraging the strengths of Chatham’s Master of Sustainability and Master of Business Administration programs, our dual degree option sets you on the fast track to sustainability leadership roles across sectors.

You’ll gain hands-on experience with sustainability monitoring, as well as advanced business knowledge in strategic management, corporate finance, accounting, marketing and supply chain management. Data-driven decision making will guide you as you examine the intersections of sustainability with operational efficiency, cost-cutting measures, innovation and ethics. Graduates are uniquely prepared to drive the future of business – whether this means leading a major corporation to new heights, pursuing a government position or starting an NGO.

Rachel Carson with microscope

In nature, nothing exists alone.

Rachel Carson
Writer, scientist, ecologist and Chatham University alumna, 1929

Lead the sustainability economy.

Four top reasons why you should apply.

Hands-on Skill Building

Chatham Master of Sustainability and MSUS + MBA dual degree students gain practical skills — GIS, carbon footprinting, lifecycle analysis and more. You’ll choose from a wide range of experiential learning opportunities; from studying urban stream ecosystems to learning how corporations use data to link sustainability goals to HR measures. By the end of your time here you’ll have mastered core data, technical, and field skills that position you to thrive in a sensor-based economy where sustainability is linked to 5G connectivity and AI technology.

World-Class Sustainability Campus

Chatham's Eden Hall Campus gives you daily experience working with sustainable methods like solar energy, stormwater management, rainwater harvesting, crop irrigation, wastewater recycling, organic farming, weather station data collection, LEED certification and more.

Pittsburgh. A Sustainability Laboratory

Pittsburgh, long a global model of post-industrial economic transformation, offers students a laboratory for sustainability, across new technologies and industries. Blessed with abundant rivers, woodlands and geological resources, the region continues to challenge itself toward sustainable ecological recovery and urban renewal.

Systems Mindset

Nearly 90 percent of program graduates work in areas of organizational operations, advocacy and change management. As a Chatham student, you will gain both hands-on technical experience and a deep grounding in systems thinking and organizational behavior.

Invest in your professional development.

Chatham offers full-service professional development with workshops to help you navigate internships and employment opportunities.

Graduate Student Funding

Chatham Master of Sustainability and MSUS + MBA dual degree students have access to scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, research, conference and travel stipends, paid internships, work and other opportunities. Three full and six partial scholarships are available on a competitive basis to full-time students. The Coverdell Fellows Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers provides up to five (5) Coverdell Fellowships (25% tuition) each year. Approximately ten graduate assistant positions ($5,000 per year) offer the opportunity to work with a faculty member in their ongoing research. Each year, five currently enrolled graduate students will receive a $5,000 grant to carry out their own summer research or community development activities in the broad field of sustainability.

Qualified applicants from partner universities — Slippery Rock University, Indiana University Pennsylvania, Allegheny College, Washington and Jefferson University, Davis and Elkins University, St Vincent College — receive a 20 percent tuition discount.

Career Services

A senior administrator with extensive career placement experience works directly with Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, helping all graduate students develop a personalized career plan as soon as they begin the Master of Sustainability and MSUS + MBA dual degree program. The career office maintains an extensive list of available internships, projects and full-time career positions, and brings corporate sustainability officers, and other speakers to campus to discuss hiring needs.

Student Exchange

Opportunities exist for students to pursue collaboration with international partners in Scandinavia, South Asia and the Caribbean. Two all-expense paid awards allow graduate students to participate in a student exchange in Norway and India, to be completed during the fall term of their second year in the program (August-December). The semester abroad begins at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology in Trondheim, Norway, where students will participate in the master’s program in Urban Ecological Planning (UEP). They will then travel to India for 6-8 weeks, to attend lectures and begin data-based investigations/fieldwork with students from SPA-Delhi and network partner VNIT-Nagpur. They will present this data analysis at a national seminar with stakeholders before traveling back to Norway to write their final reports. Students also study abroad at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica in partnership with the Jamaica Conservation Development Trust (JCDT). During their time abroad, Students will focus on projects to enhance the protection and management of Jamaica’s largest and only terrestrial national park, the Blue and John Crow Mountains. They’re encouraged to apply this experience towards their theses.

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