Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Gabrielle Brewer
Sustainability Analyst
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
M.S. in Energy and Environment

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:
The professional master’s degree in Energy & Environment provides a professional training degree for the student with an undergraduate degree in the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, or engineering. This program prepares students for professional opportunities in energy-related fields by employers in the private sector (e.g. consulting companies, electric utilities), the government sector (e.g. Energy Information Administration, public utility commissions) and nongovernmental organizations (e.g. Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Inc. NEEP).

Website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
M.A. in Earth & Environment

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):
The MA in Earth & Environment provides students with extensive coursework and research opportunities within the earth and environmental sciences, geography, remote sensing, sustainability, and energy, environment analysis, and policy. Upon completion of the MA, students should be prepared for further postgraduate training or employment in industry, government, or nonprofit agencies.

Website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
M.A. in Global Development Economics

A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The Global Development Economics (GDE) program is designed for those seeking rigorous training in economics supplemented by training in the related disciplines of politics, international relations, public health, and environmental issues. The GDE provides an intensive three-semester program combining a strong foundation in economics with development policy training. In addition to the economics core, the GDE includes a set of economics elective courses which focus on various aspects of development issues and the global economy. Candidates for the GDE also join students from the GDP program in taking courses in Governance and Political Economy, Environment and Development, International Public Health, and a capstone seminar.

Website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
PhD in Environmental Health
http://www.bu.edu/sph/academics/degrees-and-programs/doctor-of-philosophy-phd/doctor-of-philosophy-in-environmental-health/

PhD in Earth & Environment
https://www.bu.edu/earth/academics/phd-earth-environment/

Master of City Planning
https://www.bu.edu/met/degrees-certificates/master-city-planning/

Master of Urban Affairs
https://www.bu.edu/met/degrees-certificates/master-urban-affairs/

M.S. in Climate and Health
https://www.bu.edu/sph/education/degrees-and-programs/ma-ms-programs/master-of-science-in-population-health-research-climate-and-health/

M.A. in Global Policy
https://www.bu.edu/pardeeschool/academics/graduate/ma-in-global-policy-mgp/

M.S. in Population Health Research: Climate and Health
https://www.bu.edu/sph/education/degrees-and-programs/ma-ms-programs/master-of-science-in-population-health-research-climate-and-health/

M.S. in Remote Sensing & Geospatial Sciences
https://www.bu.edu/earth/academics/ms-remote-sensing-geospatial-sciences/

MBA, Energy and Environmental Sustainability Concentration
https://questromworld.bu.edu/grad/mba/concentrations/

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:
Applied Sustainability Graduate Certificate

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Sustainability is a unique interdisciplinary look at what it takes to make urban and economic development compatible with the natural environment. Taught by Metropolitan College faculty from the departments of Applied Social Sciences, Administrative Sciences, and Computer Science, coursework guides students through the foundations of ecology; current theories of sustainability; methods for optimizing energy and land use; building management techniques; the politics, law, and economics of the global green movement; and the relationship between IT and the consumption of resources.

Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Urban Policy & Planning Graduate Certificate

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The Graduate Certificate in Urban Policy & Planning at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) provides an in-depth, multidisciplinary perspective on complex twenty-first century urban issues, including housing and community development, public health, economic and infrastructural management, and environmental sustainability. The program is ideal for mid-career professionals who seek to advance their careers as urban managers, policy analysts, city planners, researchers, and consultants in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors, as well as students and recent graduates who want to gain an interdisciplinary perspective of how urban systems work.

Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Certificate in Environmental health (when pursuing a MPH)

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
This certificate provides students with state of the art practice tools for understanding and evaluating the toxicology and health effects of environmental hazards and the risks associated with exposure. Students collect primary environmental data, learn methods for assessing exposure to environmental hazards, and will be introduced to geographic mapping techniques for understanding relationships and patterns in exposure and disease (GIS).

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:
Certificate in Faith & Ecological Justice
https://www.bu.edu/academics/sth/programs/sth-certificates/certificate-in-faith-ecological-justice/

PhD in Biology; Ecology, Behavior, Evolution and Marine Biology Track
https://www.bu.edu/biology/biology-graduate-program/phd/

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Biogeoscience
https://www.bu.edu/academics/grs/programs/biogeoscience/

MPH Context Certificate: Human Rights and Social Justice
https://www.bu.edu/academics/sph/programs/mph/human-rights-and-social-justice/

MPH Context Certificate: Global Health
https://www.bu.edu/academics/sph/programs/mph/global-health-2/"

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