Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 56.72
Liaison Christie-Joy Hartman
Submission Date May 12, 2017
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James Madison University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jeffrey Tang
Associate Dean
College of Integrated Science and Engineering
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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:
M.S. Integrated Science and Technology, Environmental Management and Sustainability– joint degree program with the University of Malta

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The master of science in integrated science and technology (ISAT) offers programs in Europe and at the JMU campus in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This M.S. in ISAT with a concentration in environmental management and sustainability is taught in Malta in collaboration with the University of Malta as a dual degree program; students who successfully complete the program of study are award a master of science degree from both universities.

A version of the ISAT master's degree is offered as a dual degree, international master’s program jointly with the University of Malta and is supported by JMU’s Office of International Programs. This 42-credit hour program offers a specialized course of study in environmental management and sustainability and is taught entirely in Malta as an accelerated 12-month degree program. Both JMU and University of Malta faculty contribute equally to instruction and project or thesis supervision. Students who successfully complete the degree requirements are awarded a master of science degree from each university.

The M.S. in ISAT with a concentration in environmental management and sustainability is designed to build holistic thinking and problem solving using systems perspectives on environmental and sustainability challenges. The curriculum explores principles of sustainability science from Earth systems, natural resource and societal perspectives. It also builds a suite of analytical methods and competencies including GIS, cross-cultural project management, field techniques and statistics. Elective course work builds depth through specialized classes in additional analytical methods, policy analysis, and resource conservation and management. Students broadly focus on either natural resource conservation (such as biodiversity, water resources or agricultural resources) or on sustainable technology management (such as energy conservation or industrial processes). Electives are selected in consultation with, and approved by, the student’s graduate adviser to help students build a coherent and meaningful program of study.

Students complete a four credit hour capstone project; exceptional students may opt to complete a master’s research thesis, which requires approval from the program’s Board of Studies. Students completing the thesis option should expect that their program of study will be 16 months instead of 12. Details on the curriculum structure, required course work, available electives and a program calendar may be found on the program website.

The 2015 curriculum guide can be found at https://www.jmu.edu/mems-malta/curriculum.shtml


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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:
M.A. in Communication and Advocacy, concentration in Environmental Communication

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

Graduate students interested in specializing in environmental communication 
will complete course work focusing on the multifaceted nature of environmental advocacy, key forums through which competing local to international interests are identified, contested, and managed, as well as how various levels of risk are framed, challenged, and negotiated. Students graduating with a concentration in environmental communication will be prepared to work in a variety of nonprofit, government and corporate settings constructing and evaluating environmental campaigns, facilitating organizational and group decision making about issues related to environmental practices, communicating effectively with varied stakeholders with conflicting interests, and educating and motivating diverse audiences regarding environmental interests.


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Information from JMU Graduate Catalog 2016-17, entered by Melissa Altman.

Responsible party for M.S. in ISAT: Dr. Maria Papadakis, Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology.

Responsible party for concentration in environmental communication: Dr. Peter Bsumek, Professor, School of Communication Studies

Reviewed by: Dr. Jeffrey Tang, Interim Unit Head, Department of Integrated Science and Technology

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