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Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Ruairi O'Mahony
Submission Date May 1, 2015
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University of Massachusetts Lowell
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Juliette Rooney-Varga
Director & Associate Professor
Climate Change Initiative & Biological Sciences
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (1st program):
M.S. Environmental Studies

A brief description of the graduate degree program (1st program):
The environmental science field is interdisciplinary in nature and blends a strong science core with focused areas in the humanities/social sciences leading to a program of study that is compatible with the student's strengths and goals. This program prepares students for employment in the private and government sectors where knowledge is required in management and protection of the environment, environmental laws and regulations, natural resources and environmental economics. Graduates of this concentration can pursue a variety of careers. Alumni have become doctors, environmental lawyers, teachers, environmental analysts, planners, water treatment plant operators, hydrological consultants, noise and air pollution specialists, and managers in private industry and government.

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The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Ph. D. Global Studies

A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Graduates of this program will demonstrate the following competencies: 1. Globally shared political, social, economic, cultural, artistic, environmental, and security issues. 2. Current academic research in the fields covered by one of the program tracks (Security and Human Rights; Socio-Economic Development; or Comparative Cultures) as well as a broad familiarity with key topics in all three areas. 3. An understanding of the key concepts, theories, and methodology in the new and emerging field of Global Studies. 4. An understanding of the diverse aspects of global civil society--such as political economy, relationships, security, human rights, religion, ethical and historical perspectives, artistic expression, culture, and environmental protection--that affect our contemporary world in significant ways. 5. A working knowledge of the organizations, institutions and global systems having important roles in the development and maintenance of global civil society, human rights and social justice, and economic growth and stability. 6. Both advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods. 7. A second language.

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The name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
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A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):
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The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program(s):
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Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Yes

The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Sc.D and M.S. Work Environment, Concentration in Cleaner Production and Pollution Prevention

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The current way we are making our products and organizing our services is harming our environment and creating health problems. Every product has a life cycle, which includes raw material extraction, transport of materials to production sites, manufacturing, transport of the finished product, sales, service, and disposal or (ideally) recycling. In Clean Production, the goal is to create a cradle-to-cradle process with minimal negative impact and maximum positive impact on human health and the environment. Cleaner Production Processes conserve raw materials and energy, eliminate toxic materials and reduce the generation of wastes and emissions.

The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Sc.D and M.S. Work Environment, Concentration in Work Environmental Policy

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
UMass Lowell’s Work Environment master's degree programs train you to be an effective leader in occupational and environmental health and safety. You’ll graduate with skills to enhance any industry, government agency, consulting firm, insurance agency, or labor and community organization. The doctoral degree programs groom you for a career as an educator, research scientist or policy specialist with the creativity and critical thinking needed to generate new knowledge. Whether you select a career in academia, governmental or private research, private industry, or public policy, you’ll be ready to push the envelope for innovation.

The website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
The name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
M.A. Economic and Social Development of Regions – Environment and Sustainability Focus Area

A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Environmental issues are some of the most important challenges facing communities at the local, national, and global level. This focus area introduces students to some of the most significant issues arising from the connections of economic activity and economic development to the quality and sustainability of the environment. Students learn skills in the economic and political analyses relevant to the design and implementation of policy alternatives that have emerged domestically and globally over the last 40 years or so. From global climate change to brownfields, concern about environmental damage has created a rich legacy of economic and political analysis, policy, and politics to which students are exposed through the courses in the focus area.

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:
M.S. Environmental Studies – Environmental Engineering Sciences Concentration and Atmospheric Sciences Concentration: http://www.uml.edu/Catalog/Graduate/Engineering/Civil-Environmental-Engineering/Masters-Program.aspx#Master%20of%20Science%20in%20Environmental%20Studies Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Infrastructure for Developing Nations – Civil and Environmental Engineering Department: ttp://www.uml.edu/Catalog/Graduate/Engineering/Civil-Environmental-Engineering/Graduate-Certificates.aspx#Sustainable%20Infrastructure%20for%20Developing%20Nations D.Eng, Ph.D, M.S. Energy Engineering – Renewable (Solar) Energy Concentration: http://www.uml.edu/Catalog/Graduate/Engineering/Energy-Engineering/Masters-Program.aspx Professional Certificate in Energy Conversion - Electrical and Computer Engineering Department: http://www.uml.edu/Catalog/Graduate/Engineering/Electrical-Computer-Engineering/Graduate-Certificates.aspx#Energy

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