Sustainability Graduate

A Lasting Education

Join our commitment to preserve the health of both human society and the environment.

Studying sustainability will prepare students to pursue careers in the private sector or government.  Career areas include sustainable practices, natural resource management, renewable energy, community planning, non-governmental organizations and education. 


Master of Science (M.S.)

The Master of Science in sustainability - thesis and non-thesis option - is ideal for students studying social and/or environmental aspects of sustainability.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Doctor of Philosophy in sustainability - dissertation only - is available for students seeking the highest degree in sustainability.

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Admission Requirements

Priority admission deadline: Feb. 1.

Application requirements can be found at Graduate School Admission Requirements and include:

  1. Completed Graduate Application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. One official transcript verifying receipt of an undergraduate degree and official transcripts of all academic work at the undergraduate and graduate levels are required of all students
  4. Three (3) professional letters of recommendation
  5. Statement of Purpose
  6. Official copy of GRE scores. Scores are not required for the following:
    1. Current USD students pursuing at least a bachelor’s degree in a related area and those who have graduated from USD with at least a bachelor’s degree within the last five years OR
    2. Applicants with an earned master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States
  7. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to the current graduate catalog.

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Graduate Assistantships Available for Fall 2019

    Several assistantships are available for students admitted to sustainability graduate program (M.S. or Ph.D.) for the fall of 2019. Teaching and recycling assistantships available. Apply by the priority admission deadline of Feb. 1 for consideration.

  • We work to increase sustainability awareness and initiatives within the University of South Dakota and it's community. 

  • Morgan Appley wants to change the world, and she said she is going to do it one backyard at a time.