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Sustainability Graduate Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online for 2020–21

  • Average Course Tuition


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Join a community of leaders dedicated to building a sustainable future.

You’ll learn to evaluate and design viable solutions to pressing environmental challenges.

What You'll Learn

Through the master’s degree program in sustainability you:

  • Gain knowledge of sustainability criteria and benchmarking measures to critically evaluate the health of the natural and human-designed world.
  • Concentrate your studies in one of five sustainability fields: corporate sustainability, sustainable cities and communities, environmental policy and international development, sustainable food systems, or natural resource management.
  • Develop an understanding of policies, technologies, and financial models that support sustainable development.
  • Build competency in a variety of quantitative and analytic skill-sets.
  • Learn to design more sustainable solutions that reduce environmental impact and increase benefits to society and ecosystems.

Your Harvard Degree
Master of Liberal Arts, Extension Studies. Field: Sustainability.

It may seem daunting to tackle schoolwork while working full time. But there’s a real advantage. You’ll meet peers who are making a career change to sustainability, as well as students already working in the field. Explore challenges you face in your work, test potential solutions, and see immediate results.

  • 37

    Average age

  • 77%

    Working full time

  • 1–2

    Courses taken each semester

  • 40%

    Have professional experience in the field

  • 98%

    Would recommend the program

  • Most

    Pursued for personal interest

Admission and Getting Started

Here at Harvard Extension, you begin your coursework before you even apply. Why? Because we believe the best way to prove you can succeed in the program is by first succeeding in the classroom.

To get started, you take two courses from the program curriculum. Earn at least a B in each to qualify for admission.

Ready to take the next step? Check your admissions eligibility, explore the curriculum, and get ready to enroll in your first course.

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Failure is temporary. And you fail one day, and the next day what you learn from that failure becomes the seeds of success.

Cost and Financial Aid

Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2020–21 rate) $2,900 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $35,000

After admission, you may qualify for financial aid. Typically, eligible students receive grant funds to cover a portion of tuition costs each term, in addition to federal financial aid options.

Learning & Connection

Deep learning springs from human connection. That’s why we work so hard to bring people together — whether in a live virtual classroom or an in-person seminar on campus.

Our approach to online learning fosters interaction without sacrificing flexibility. Each week, you’ll engage with your instructor, participate in peer discussions, and receive one-on-one support from teaching staff—all from your home or office.

Online Learning at Harvard Extension School
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