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Environmental Sustainability and Decision Making, Master of Arts

33 Credits

St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus

Overview

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.

Contact
Laura Schramm, Ph.D.
Professor, Biological Sciences
(718) 990-5558
[email protected]

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Admission

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 Information
Office of Graduate Admission
718-990-1601
[email protected]

Courses

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.

 

Requirements

ENV 005

Colloquia

0 credits

ENV 101

Environmental Principles

3 credits

ENV 102

Methods of Environmental Analysis & Sustainability

3 credits

Statistics (Choose One)

PAS 252

Biostatistics

3 credits

PSY 603

Inferential Statistics

3 credits

SOC/CRM 127; 127L

Statistics for Social Science

3 credits

Research Methods (Choose One)

BIO 248

Biotechniques

3 credits

CHE 101

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

3 credits

PSY 604

Psychology Laboratory

3 credits

Electives (Choose From Among the Following)

BIO 299

Scientific Literacy and Integrity

3 credits

CHE 101

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

3 credits

CHE 200

Environmental Chemistry

3 credits

CHE 202

Separation Techniques in Chemistry

3 credits

ENV 200

Geographic Information Systems

3 credits

ENV 201

Current Topics in Waste Management

3 credits

MPH 316

Global Environmental Sustainability & Health

3 credits

TOX 216

Environmental and Occupational Toxicology

3 credits

TOX 285

Environmental Health Sciences

3 credits

Internship (Optional)

ENV 350

Internship I

3 credits

ENV 351

Internship II

3 credits

Independent Study (Optional)

CHE 260

Independent Study

3 credits

ENV 352

Special Research I

3 credits

ENV 353

Special Research II

3 credits

Thesis Research (3-6 Credits)

ENV 900

Master’s Thesis Research

3 credits

ENV 105T

Master’s Thesis Defense

0 credits

 

 

Required 

ENV 005

Colloquia

0 credits

ENV 101

Environmental Principles

3 credits

ENV 102

Methods of Environmental Analysis & Sustainability

3 credits

Statistics (Choose One)

PAS 252

Biostatistics

3 credits

PSY 603

Inferential Statistics

3 credits

SOC/CRM 127; 127L

Statistics for Social Science

3 credits

Research Methods (Choose One)

BIO 248

Biotechniques

3 credits

CHE 101

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

3 credits

PSY 604

Psychology Laboratory

3 credits

Electives (Choose From Among the Following)

BIO 299

Scientific Literacy and Integrity

3 credits

CHE 101

Instrumental Methods of Analysis

3 credits

CHE 200

Environmental Chemistry

3 credits

CHE 202

Separation Techniques in Chemistry

3 credits

ENV 200

Geographic Information Systems

3 credits

ENV 201

Current Topics in Waste Management

3 credits

MPH 316

Global Environmental Sustainability & Health

3 credits

TOX 216

Environmental and Occupational Toxicology

3 credits

TOX 285

Environmental Health Sciences

3 credits

Internship (Optional)

ENV 350

Internship I

3 credits

ENV 351

Internship II

3 credits

Independent Study (Optional)

CHE 260

Independent Study

3 credits

ENV 352

Special Research I

3 credits

ENV 353

Special Research II

3 credits

Comprehensive Examination or Capstone Project

ENV 105

Comprehensive Examination

0 credits

ENV 354

Capstone

3 credits

Required 

ENV 005

Colloquia

0 credits

ENV 101

Environmental Principles

3 credits

ENV 102

Methods of Environmental Analysis & Sustainability

3 credits

Statistics (Choose One)

PSY 603

Inferential Statistics

3 credits

SOC/CRM 127; 127L

Statistics for Social Science

3 credits

Research Methods (Choose One)

GOV 205

Modern Political Research

3 credits

PSY 604

Psychology Laboratory

3 credits

Electives (Choose From Among the Following)

ENV 200

Geographic Information Systems

3 credits

ENV 201

Current Topics in Waste Management

3 credits

GOV 146

American Governmental Process: The Legislature

3 credits

GOV 156

Global Environmental Politics

3 credits

GOV 198

American Political Parties and Interest Groups

3 credits

GOV 212

Global Energy Politics and Policy

3 credits

GOV 218

Public Policy – American

3 credits

GOV 275

Green Political Theory

3 credits

MGD 130

Impact of International Organizations in Global Development

3 credits

MGD 172

Project Management and Nongovernment Organizations

3 credits

Internship (Optional)

ENV 350

Internship I

3 credits

ENV 351

Internship II

3 credits

Independent Study (Optional)

CHE 260

Independent Study

3 credits

ENV 352

Special Research I

3 credits

ENV 353

Special Research II

3 credits

Thesis Research (3-6 Credits)

ENV 900

Master’s Thesis Research

3 credits

ENV 105T

Master’s Thesis Defense

0 credits

Required 

ENV 005

Colloquia

0 credits

ENV 101

Environmental Principles

3 credits

ENV 102

Methods of Environmental Analysis & Sustainability

3 credits

Statistics (Choose One)

PSY 603

Inferential Statistics

3 credits

SOC/CRM 127; 127L

Statistics for Social Science

3 credits

Research Methods (Choose One)

GOV 205

Modern Political Research

3 credits

PSY 604

Psychology Laboratory

3 credits

Electives (Choose From Among the Following)

ENV 200

Geographic Information Systems

3 credits

ENV 201

Current Topics in Waste Management

3 credits

GOV 146

American Governmental Process: The Legislature

3 credits

GOV 156

Global Environmental Politics

3 credits

GOV 198

American Political Parties and Interest Groups

3 credits

GOV 212

Global Energy Politics and Policy

3 credits

GOV 218

Public Policy – American

3 credits

GOV 275

Green Political Theory

3 credits

MGD 130

Impact of International Organizations in Global Development

3 credits

MGD 172

Project Management and Nongovernment Organizations

3 credits

Internship (Optional)

ENV 350

Internship I

3 credits

ENV 351

Internship II

3 credits

Independent Study (Optional)

CHE 260

Independent Study

3 credits

ENV 352

Special Research I

3 credits

ENV 353

Special Research II

3 credits

Comprehensive Examination or Capstone Project

ENV 105

Comprehensive Examination

0 credits

ENV 354

Capstone

3 credits

Tuition and Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships

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.

Career Outcomes

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.