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. 

Sustainability is an emerging field that seeks to address many of society's complex and interdisciplinary issues. We emphasize experiential learning where we find solutions to real-world environmental, social and economic problems.

The concept of sustainability encompasses a wide range of topics and endeavors, including ecosystems, energy, natural resources, economic development, population, food security, industry and conflict resolution. 


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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Pending SDBOR Approval – Master of Science / Juris Doctor (M.S./J.D.)

The M.S./J.D. – non-thesis only – is available to candidates who are concurrently enrolled in the School of Law. Students complete the first year of the J.D. before beginning the M.S. in Sustainability. 

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Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Sustainability in the current graduate catalogAdditional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

Application Deadline

Priority admission deadline: Feb. 1.

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.