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Sustainability Master’s Degree Program

  • Earn Your Way In

    Excel in 2 Degree Courses to Qualify for Admission

  • Format

    Online and On Campus

  • Average Course Tuition


  • Total Number of Courses


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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.
  • 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 sustainable solutions that reduce environmental impact and increase benefits to society and ecosystems.
  • Earn an optional graduate certificate in corporate sustainability, environmental policy, sustainable cities, natural resource management, or sustainable food systems.

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

Our Community at a Glance

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 or already working in the field. You'll explore challenges you face in your work today, test potential solutions, and see immediate results tomorrow.

  • 36

    Average age

  • 75%

    Work Full Time

  • 1

    Average Courses Taken Each Semester

  • 47%

    Professional Experience in the Field

  • 98%

    Would Recommend the Program

  • Most

    Pursued for Career Change

Getting Started: Admissions and Degree Requirements

At Harvard Extension School, your admission is based largely on your performance in two specific Harvard Extension courses that you complete before submitting an application.

To get started, we invite you to explore the degree requirements, confirm your initial eligibility, and learn more about our unique “earn your way in” admissions process.

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 (2021–22 rate) $3,100 per 4-credit course ($775 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $37,200

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.

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

Learn From Industry Experts

A hallmark of the sustainability program is its versatility. You’ll choose from a diverse set of courses to design a curriculum that meets your unique needs and interests. And you’ll learn from Harvard faculty and industry leaders who help you gain real-world perspectives.

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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