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Submission Date March 6, 2020
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Washington University in St. Louis
AC-4: Graduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Cassandra Hage
Sustainability Manager
Office of 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:
Master's Dual Degree in Engineering and Business

A brief description of the graduate-level degree program:

The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (EECE) along with the Olin School of Business launched a new dual degree program - M.Eng. and MBA. The program was initiated due to the rapidly growing interest in the intersection between the Engineering and Business school approaches to the issues of sustainability, energy, the environment and corporate social responsibility. An interdisciplinary approach will be adopted to approach these issues with effective, innovative and critical thinking leading to solutions that are effective and impactful. The dual degree program capitalizes on two programs that are well positioned to help address this critical intersection.


The website URL for the graduate-level degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (2nd program):
Master of Engineering in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

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

This is a coursework based Masters Program requiring 30 credits. A full-time student could complete the degree program in 12 months. Part-time students will require a longer duration. The curriculum is geared to enhance skill sets for practice in industry. Courses required for this program will provide a broader background in project management, business, leadership and entrepreneurship.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, graduate-level degree program (3rd program):
Master of Urban Design/Master of Architecture

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

This dual degree program prepares architects to be cognizant of the larger urban context of architectural practice and to extend their expertise into another discipline. Students entering the MUD/MArch program complete a substantial portion of the design studios for the Master of Architecture prior to completing the Master of Urban Design studios, which are then followed by the MArch Degree Project. Other course requirements in urban design theory typically are spread out over the entire study period. The length of study is dependent upon the MArch program (3, 2+, 2, 1) in which the student is enrolled, but typically adds an additional semester and summer to the student’s curriculum.


The website URL for the graduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused graduate-level degree programs:

Master of Urban Design/Master of Architecture (MUD/MArch)
http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/4115
Master of Landscape Architecture/Master of Architecture (MLA/MArch)
http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/6113
Master of Landscape Architecture/Master of Urban Design (MLA/MUD)
http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/9009
Master of Business Administration/Master of Architecture (MBA/MArch)
http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/4117
Master of Construction Management/Master of Architecture (MCM/MArch)
http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/4118
Master of Social Work/Master of Architecture (MSW/MArch)
http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/node/4119
Doctor of Sustainable Urbanism
http://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/programs/drsu


Does the institution offer one or more graduate-level sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates?:
No

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Although there are no MBA core courses specifically addressing corporate social responsibility or environmental issues, virtually every course touches on topics related to sustainability to some degree. More specific coverage of sustainability-related topics can be found in the electives for this dual degree program and it is virtually assured that students will be addressing such issues as the program is designed to attract graduate students who are passionate about sustainability.

Please visit the announcement on this new degree program at http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/22017.aspx

Full listing of graduate programs:
o Archaeology (grad only)
o Biological Anthropology (grad only)
o Biology – Ecology, Evolution, and Population Biology (both)
o Construction Management (grad only)
o Electrical Engineering (both)
o Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering (grad only)
o Landscape Architecture (grad only)
o Mechanical Engineering (both)
o Public Health, Urban Design Specialization (grad only)
o Public Health, Global Health Specialization (grad only)
o Sociocultural Anthropology (grad only)
o Sustainable Urbanism (grad only)
o Systems Science and Engineering (both)
o Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology (Grad only)
o Urban Design (grad only)
o Energy Conservation and Efficiency (grad only)

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