M.S. in Environment and Sustainability Management

Georgetown University

Year Founded: Aug. 5, 2021
Date Posted: Aug. 11, 2021
Submitted by: maria petrova
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree
Completion: 11 months
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time


The Georgetown Master of Science in Environment and Sustainability Management (MS-ESM) is a jointly offered degree that blends scientific knowledge with business principles—a powerful combination that will enable you to decisively address looming environmental threats and help build a more sustainable future within almost any organization.

The Georgetown Environment Initiative (GEI) along with the McDonough School of Business and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences created this degree with the understanding that science and business principles are both critical to achieving sustainability goals across the globe.

Georgetown’s MS-ESM is a full-time, 11-month interdisciplinary program held on-campus in Washington, D.C. The unique curriculum combines principles of environmental science with a foundation in business management, delivering the comprehensive knowledge you need to become a principled leader in environment and sustainability.

While learning and working toward a career focused on protecting the environment, you will enjoy the unparalleled access only Washington, D.C. offers to thought leaders, policymakers, industry experts, transnational organizations, global corporations, nonprofits, and government entities. Learn from instructors at the forefront of sustainability equipped with the creativity, knowledge, and technical skills needed to make a strategic societal impact within any organization or sector.

Learning Outcomes

The primary mission of the MS-ESM degree program is:

To educate leaders to manage the sustainability and resilience of their organizations in order to protect the natural environment.

“Leaders” include those who are currently, and who want to be, involved in protecting the natural environment at all levels within their organizations. The “organizations” include those involved in environmentally focused missions, or any facet of business, government, and nonprofits who want to build sustainability into their core mission and in their day-to-day enterprise. Incorporating sustainability and resilience into core operations for the good of the environment involves a striving to maintain an awareness of the resources used in daily operations, including a decrease in waste and the carbon footprint at every opportunity.

The key objectives of this student-focused program that will drive its impact are to:

● Prepare students for successful careers in public or private organizations within the profit and nonprofit sectors to have an influence on environmental sustainability; ● Provide students an interdisciplinary understanding of the most critical methods, tools, and data of environmental science, management, and business; ● Develop within its graduates a strong sense of business, environmental intelligence, and ethics delivered through a leading-edge curriculum that provides the combination of advanced business competence and environmental science; ● Instill a vision for a sustainable future and provide graduates with the creativity, knowledge, and skills to get there; and ● Train students to advance sustainability with the understanding that to do so will require behavioral, cultural, and institutional transformations at multiple temporal and spatial scales.

Student Career Opportunities: In terms of jobs upon graduation, occupations in the fields of environmental studies and sustainability studies cut across a variety of industries and positions – from working on the ground and in the field to working in organizations designing and planning programs that impact the environment. Typical job titles include the following:

  • Sustainability Manager or Researcher
  • Recycling and Materials Coordinator
  • Transportation, Storage and Distribution Manager
  • Manager, Corporate Communications, Sustainability
  • Project Specialist, Sustainability Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Research Associate
  • Natural Resources Environmental Coordinator