St. John's College of Liberal Arts and SciencesQueens Campus
This program will begin fall 2020.
Sustainability is a growing field in both the public and private sectors. The Master of Arts in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making at St. John’s University will prepare you for opportunities in a rapidly evolving global community that spans the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.
This professional master’s degree program, which is grounded in St. John’s Vincentian Mission, combines science and policy, helps you acquire the skills you need to solve today’s complex environmental sustainability problems. Environmental catastrophes disproportionately affect poor people in underdeveloped regions. As a graduate of the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making, you will be a leader in addressing social injustice and its impact around the world.
ContactLaura Schramm, Ph.D.
Professor, Biological Sciences(718) 990-5558
The M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making is designed to provide students with undergraduate degrees in the natural and physical sciences, social sciences, political science, and humanities with the opportunity to expand their career options to the field of environmental sustainability. We also encourage prospective students with minors in these disciplines to apply.
Applicants must present a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, as well as 3.0 or better in the major discipline. No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.
Applications received by March 1 will receive priority review. Qualified applications received after March 1 will be considered based on available space in the program.
Graduate Admission InformationOffice of Graduate Admission
The M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making offers both a 33-credit non-thesis option and a 30-credit thesis option. The program’s culminating experience includes a choice of a capstone project, comprehensive examination, or thesis, which you will select in consultation with your advisor.
The program offers two concentrations, allowing you to design a curriculum that best fits your individual interests and career goals. Both concentrations—science and policy—combine training in core environmental science topics with coursework designed to train leaders in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making.
In addition to the required capstone project, thesis, or comprehensive examination, you also have the option of completing an internship or independent study to enhance your research and professional development.
Methods of Environmental Analysis & Sustainability
Statistics (Choose One)
SOC/CRM 127; 127L
Statistics for Social Science
Research Methods (Choose One)
Instrumental Methods of Analysis
Electives (Choose From Among the Following)
Scientific Literacy and Integrity
Separation Techniques in Chemistry
Geographic Information Systems
Current Topics in Waste Management
Global Environmental Sustainability & Health
Environmental and Occupational Toxicology
Environmental Health Sciences
Independent Study (Optional)
Special Research I
Special Research II
Thesis Research (3-6 Credits)
Master’s Thesis Research
Master’s Thesis Defense
Comprehensive Examination or Capstone Project
Modern Political Research
American Governmental Process: The Legislature
Global Environmental Politics
American Political Parties and Interest Groups
Global Energy Politics and Policy
Public Policy – American
Green Political Theory
Impact of International Organizations in Global Development
Project Management and Nongovernment Organizations
St. John’s University offers competitive graduate assistantships to qualified full-time applicants. These positions typically include tuition remission and a stipend. Read more about Graduate Assistantships.
Graduate Financial Aid
Learn more about additional forms of financial aid available to St. John’s graduate students.
Sustainability is a growing field in both the private and public sectors, with job opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As a graduate with an M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making, you will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving global community, directly related to the vision and mission of St. John’s.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the job outlook for environmental scientists and specialists will grow by 11 percent (faster than average) through 2024. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) identifies environmental Science as one of the top five projected highest paid mathematics and science majors at the master’s degree level. Coupled with projected growth in “green” jobs, this data shows that the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making is a key opportunity for students interested in environmental sustainability.
Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural and social sciences to protect human and environmental health. Some act as researchers analyzing environmental problems and developing solutions. Others work at the policy level in governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Still others work in the private sector for consulting firms that help companies comply with regulations and policies.
Whether your focus is in science or policy, the M.A. in Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making will help you develop the knowledge base, professional experience, and background in research to achieve your individual career goals.