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Doctoral Degrees



Arizona State University- School of Sustainability

Arizona State University's innovative Sustainability program was launched in 2006. In addition to the Bachelor, Certificate, and Master programs, ASU offers a Doctorate in Sustainability. "The Ph.D. in Sustainability engages scientists and leaders in research to investigate the urgent sustainability challenges of the 21st century. The flexible, interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to focus on problems of interest to them, drawing upon relevant knowledge from a variety of disciplines."

Columbia University

Within the School of International and Public Affairs, the PhD in Sustainable Development is "designed to educate researchers, university teachers, and global policymakers in the social science and natural science disciplines that underpin sustainable development." The interdisciplinary program consists of ten core courses, integrative seminars, pre-dissertation research projects, and a PhD dissertation.

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Beginning in September 2008, The Golisano Institute for Sustainability established a Ph.D. in Sustainability. This multidisciplinary program was designed to give students skills in “such diverse areas as development of sustainable product and manufacturing systems, industrial ecology, economics of sustainability, risk analysis of sustainable systems, and multi-criteria decision making.”

Iowa State University

Iowa State University offers master and doctoral degrees in Sustainable Agriculture. "The intent of the Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture (GPSA) is to develop student competence and expertise in the design, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable agricultural systems."

Prescott College- Ph.D. in Sustainability Education

Prescott College offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education with a concentration in Sustainability Education. Sustainability Education focuses on global citizenship and promotes environmental responsibility. This low-residency, four-year program combines expansive interdisciplinary inquiry with intense individual research and practice.

Rochester Institute of Technology- Ph.D. in Sustainability

The Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. Coursework and research takes a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginal positive impacts.

University of Alaska, Fairbanks- Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability

The Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Sustainability at the University of Alaska Fairbanks prepares future leaders as academic researchers, educators, agency and industry professionals and analysts of non-governmental organizations and communities for careers at the frontiers of science in the management of natural resources and environment. The program objectives and its curriculum center around three thematic areas of study: Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Resource Policy and Sustainability Science, and Forest and Agricultural Sciences.

University of Michigan- Ph.D. in natural resources and environment

The University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment offers a Ph.D. degree in Natural Resources and Environment. The curriculum is research-based and support the pursuit of either a highly focused course of study or one that broadly addresses complex, interdisciplinary issues. The faculty’s research agenda can best be described as Global Change broadly defined. Scholars are focused on environmental changes and their relationship to a sustainable society. Areas of major concentration include Human Population, Food Production, Land Use, Biodiversity and Natural Products.

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