San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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A Multidisciplinary Master of Sustainability ProgramABSTRACT: A center for sustainability was established in the fall of 2009. As part of the center amultidisciplinary two years cross disciplinary Master of Sustainability program integratesknowledge on sustainable business practices, effective public policy and innovative design andengineering approaches. The rigorous course work and field training offered will enable ourgraduates to confront sustainability related issues with a systems approach to solutiondevelopment.The common first year starts with foundational core courses that cover general sustainabilitytopics across the degree's integrated disciplines: Business, Engineering/Technology, PublicPolicy/Social Work, and Environmental Sciences. Beginning in their second year, candidateshave the option to build a custom curriculum that supports a broad sustainability practitionercareer path (sustainability generalist) or a specific discipline-oriented focus (sustainability careertrack). The second year concludes with a field experience designed to immerse the candidateinto a practitioner role inside an organization or group that connects to their respective disciplineor area of interest. A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for the Saint Louis University’sMaster of Sustainability.The required core courses taken during the first year enable a sharing of background andexperiences, while providing a critical knowledge foundation upon which to build throughout theprogram. Candidates are able to identify how sustainability concepts, models, and theoriesconnect, thereby reinforcing the systems perspective necessary to work productively acrossdisciplines on sustainability problems. Candidates may begin their study in the summer or fall oftheir first year, which provides some flexibility with respect to course structure, load, andschedule. The required curriculum is comprised of five core courses plus a SustainabilityCapstone, totaling 18 credit hours. The program has attracted students from diverse backgrounds at various stages of their careers.The program is in its second year and currently enjoys more than 32 traditional andnontraditional students. The continued success of the program is greatly due to collaboration byfaculty members with varied expertise. The program has received a great attention and supportfrom the University and local corporations. The major financial support from a local corporationwill ensure the success of the program in the present and the future. The program is assessed on acontinuous basis to ensure its quality and continued updates. A group of leaders from localcorporations and organizations are members of the Program Advisory Board.
Gharabagi, R., & Mallikarjuna, H. S., & Webb, D. E. (2012, June), An Interdisciplinary Master's of Sustainability Program Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/20932
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