Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.85
Liaison Amy Butler
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2019
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Michigan State University
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amy Butler
Campus Sustainability Director
MSU 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:
Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management - Master of Science

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The Master of Science degree in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management provides students with opportunities to engage in integrated and applied research and to acquire professional skills for the study, management, administration and planning of tourism and protected areas under the overarching concept of community sustainability.  


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management - Doctorate of Philosophy 

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

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management is designed to enable students to generate new knowledge in the complementary fields of tourism and protected area management under the overarching concept of community sustainability.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Community Sustainability - Masters & PhD

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

The Department of Community Sustainability offers Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in Community Sustainability. Graduate programs in the Department of Community Sustainability provide students the opportunity to create individualized programs that draw from several complementary areas of scholarship. These areas include: community food and agricultural systems; natural resources and the environment; tourism and recreation systems; education and civic engagement; and international development. Today’s communities face complex problems due to ongoing changes to our environmental, social and agricultural/food systems. To aid in meeting these challenges, students’ programs are designed to provide a thorough grounding in integrative, applied research based on multiple paradigms, disciplines and methods. Master's and doctoral students in the department may choose either degree.  Masters students in both degrees select either the Plan A (research-based) or Plan B (project-based) degree.  A student may not earn a master's degree in both programs.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
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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:
Environmental Science & Policy Program (ESPP) Doctoral Specialization

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

Doctoral students pursue a Ph.D. in one of MSU's many existing doctoral programs that have an environmental focus. In addition, they complete the coursework for the Specialization in Environmental Science and Policy. The Specialization provides students with an understanding of the diverse disciplines brought to bear on contemporary environmental problems. It is designed to provide an understanding of how various disciplines conceptualize environmental issues and how scientific information can be brought to bear on environmental decision-making and environmental policy


The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Ecological Food & Farming Systems Graduate Specialization

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


The Graduate Specialization in Ecological Food and Farming Systems is designed to foster an understanding of biogeochemical,socioeconomic, and policy concepts using experiential learning within the individual’s program of study as a venue for multidisciplinary work. For global perspectives, students are encouraged to participate in either a study abroad course with ecological food and farming systems content, or in a course with international focus


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):
Graduate certificate - Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management

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

The Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management provides students with interdisciplinary training necessary to plan, manage, monitor and evaluate climate change mitigation projects that seek to retain or sequester carbon in forest ecosystems. Students will gain specific expertise needed internationally to participate in market-based, climate change mitigation activities such as the United Nations Collaborative Program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).


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:

Biosystems Engineering (BE) - http://www.egr.msu.edu/bae/ Chemical Engineering and Materials Science - http://www.chems.msu.edu/ Fisheries and Wildlife - http://www.fw.msu.edu/ Forestry - http://www.for.msu.edu/ Environmental Geography - http://geo.msu.edu/undergraduate-information/undergraduate-degrees-2/ Crop and Soil Sciences - http://www.psm.msu.edu/ Packaging -http://www.packaging.msu.edu/


Additional documentation to support the submission:

see attached inventory of degrees

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