Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.17
Liaison Megan Litke
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2018
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American University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Hannah Moskowitz
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
Environmental Science (MS)

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

The environmental science master's degree program prepares students to develop innovative solutions to pressing environmental issues. Grounded in rigorous scientific research and analysis with a multidisciplinary examination of the natural sciences, the MS in environmental science also delves into the politics, policies, and economics of environmental concerns.
Students are encouraged to gain practical field experience through an internship at one or more of the many public and private environmental organizations in the Washington, DC, area. Students have opportunities to conduct research with faculty in the department, associated and affiliated faculty at AU, or at one of the many renowned research institutions in the area.
Graduates will be prepared to engage in high-level, environmental problem solving. Typical positions our graduates hold are with the Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and National Science Foundation, although some move on to PhD programs in environmental science.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
MS Sustainability Management

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):

The Master's in Sustainability Management degree program (MSSM) from the Kogod School of Business is designed to integrate business education with environmental science and public policy. It prepares students who want to be part of the first generation of professionally-trained sustainability experts and managers.

The MSSM is the only interdisciplinary business-based degree of its kind in the country, and is offered by one of the greenest universities in the U.S.

Graduates of the program will be well poised to successfully lead in developing and implementing multi-faceted solutions to environmental, societal, and other cross-sector problems in business organizations, not-for-profits, or the government.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Global Environmental Policy (MA)

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):

In the Global Environmental Policy MA program students explore the causes of
environmental degradation and the social, cultural, economic and political
mechanisms that advance environmental protection. This interdisciplinary program
builds a foundation in global environmental policy by integrating the study of
environmental politics with natural science and economics.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

MA in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development: http://www.american.edu/sis/nrsd/

MS in Professional Science: Environmental Assessment: http://www.american.edu/cas/psm/ms-environmental-science-assessment.cfm


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
Graduate Certificate, Environmental Assessment

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:

Offered by the Department of Environmental Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

Courses include Environmental Science, GIS, and Environmental Risk Assessment.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Environment & Development

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

Offered by the School of International Service, the concentration in environment & development allows students a particular focus of concentration to fit their interests.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Environment, Peace, and Conflict Resolution

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

Offered by the School of International Service, this certificate program equips students with the knowledge and skills to address a growing set of challenges at the intersection of environmental change, natural resource management, violent conflict, and the mediation and resolution of conflict.


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other graduate-level, sustainability-focused minors, concentrations and certificates:

Global Environmental Policy (Graduate Professional Development Certificate)
http://catalog.american.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=9&poid=4721


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