|Submission Date||Feb. 28, 2021|
University of Pittsburgh
AC-4: Graduate Program
|3.00 / 3.00||
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for graduate students?:
Name of the sustainability-focused graduate-level degree program:
A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:
The M.S. Degree in Sustainable Engineering (MS SE) is housed within the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI), with the degree granted from the Swanson School of Engineering. The 30-credit degree was designed to integrate with current M.S. programs in engineering, providing students with the opportunity to complete two M.S. degree programs with a limited time increase.
+ Provide advanced education to graduate students to identify and solve sustainability issues using systems approaches in the context of the triple bottom line of environmental, societal, and economic problems.
Create a rigorous program with breadth and depth to propel graduate students to foster sustainable technologies, science, and practices in the U.S. and abroad.
+ Create regional and nationally scalable sustainability solutions through service learning projects with a cohort of students.
Provide students with experiences that enable them to communicate sustainability issues and solutions to multiple audiences.
Website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
A brief description of the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Pitt’s Graduate School of International & Public International Affairs offers an “Energy and Environment” focus to either its Master’s of International Development or it’s Master’s of Public Administration. This topic focus allows students to explore the economics, politics, and policies of pressing environmental and energy issues. GSPIA Energy & Environment students lead the charge for sustainable energy and learn about balancing affordable energy with environmental stewardship. at an epicenter of one of the biggest energy revolutions of the 21st century. GSPIA students study the economics of the global energy industry, environmental sustainability, and regulatory policy in one of the world’s best living laboratories. Areas of focus include:
• Impact evaluation of energy and environmental policies
• Global energy markets and policies
• Natural resources governance and management
• Shale gas and fracking
• Food sources and sustainability
Website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
A brief description of the graduate degree program (3rd program):
Graduate study in Pitt's Department of Geology and Environmental Science provides students with a strong foundation in various aspects of the geosciences while considering human-environmental interactions. Students can pursue research in a wide variety of areas, including:
• Tectonic, Volcanic, and Surface Processes
• Planetary Science and Astrobiology
• Paleoclimate and Environmental Change
• Environmental Geochemistry and Biogeochemistry
• Energy Geosciences
• Hydrologic Processes
Website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:
+ International Development and/or Public Administration - Urban Affairs, https://www.gspia.pitt.edu/academics/majors/urban-affairs-and-planning
+ Public Health (https://publichealth.pitt.edu/masters)
Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate:
A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Any Katz MBA student is eligible to pursue the Katz Graduate Certificate in Sustainability in addition to their declared degree program. This 10.5 credit certificate guides students to act as ethically responsible leaders. Students learn how companies manage their social (people), environmental (planet), and financial (profits) risks, obligations, and opportunities to positively impact both stakeholders and financial well-being. This certificate is managed by the Center for Sustainable Business.
Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Global health refers to health issues that transcend national boundaries. The field faces unprecedented challenges brought on by issues such as shifting immigration patterns, climate change, conflict, and global commerce. The Certificate in Global Health prepares students for occupations in public health, health care, and affiliated fields that increasingly demand interdisciplinary and international thinking skills and competence in responding to challenges brought on by this dynamic global environment.
Website URL for the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the graduate-level sustainability-focused minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
A brief description of the graduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Graduate students from the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and Pitt’s professional schools can tailor a unique plan of interdisciplinary study through GSC’s graduate certificate, drawn from more than 200 courses across 5 global concentrations. Students gain a solid understanding of the academic debates over globalization and their policy implications in both the global and local contexts. Students also achieve foreign language proficiency in one of 35 languages offered at Pitt.
The graduate certificate requires 18 credits of interdisciplinary course work, integrating relevant courses from their major as well as courses outside of the student’s discipline. A graduate student earning a certificate must take at least 6 credits over and above the total credits required for their degree.
Students must select one of the five global studies concentrations:
Ecology and Sustainability
Politics and Economy
Peace, Conflict and Security
Health and Well-Being
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 Studies - Cultural Dynamics
Global Studies - Peace, Conflict and Security
Global Studies - Health and Well-Being
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