The online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Sustainable Management will prepare you to make the connection between business and organizations, environmental science, and social systems for successful sustainable outcomes, and is an ideal choice for adult students who need the flexibility an online program offers. Students with a wide range of work experience and education have found success in the program and are making a difference in the world today.
In 1987, the United Nations defined sustainability as “meeting the present needs of society without compromising the needs of future generations.” Today, more organizations recognize the role they play in conserving the planet’s resources and improving the communities in which they do business, and they need professionals with the skills and knowledge to develop strategic and successful sustainable initiatives.
What you get with a UW Sustainable Management degree
Flexibility. The Sustainable Management master's program is fully online, so you can earn a graduate degree and still have time for family, work, and other commitments.
A University of Wisconsin education. Classes are taught by diverse and distinguished faculty from five University of Wisconsin campuses. You will earn a degree from one of the five respected UW institutions, and your diploma and transcript will be identical to those earned by students studying on campus.
Student success. Even though the classes are online, you are not alone. You have ready access to advisers and faculty by phone and email. And on-campus resources, such as career assistance and libraries, are available to you.
The potential for positive change exists in every industry—agriculture, forestry, mining and extraction, marketing and communications, education, supply chain, healthcare, entrepreneurship, investing and finance, manufacturing, construction, waste management, water conservation, public policy and administration, and more.
"According to executives from more than 3,300 organizations across a wide variety of industries, sustainability is becoming a more strategic and integral part of their businesses. In 2014, 43 percent said their companies sought to align sustainability with their overall business goals, mission, or values—up from 30 percent who said so in 2012."
— McKinsey & Company 2014 Global Survey