The Masters in Sustainability program integrates environmental, economic, social, philosophical, and ethical themes of sustainability. Our 30 s.h. program is designed to give students real world, hands-on experiences solving sustainability problems. Students in this sustainability program may attend full- or part-time.

Sustainability is often defined as using resources wisely now to ensure the quality of life for future generations.  However, this program delves deeper into the concepts of sustainability and asks students to seek different ways of analyzing and achieving sustainability in different settings.  This sustainability program also takes a balanced approach in trying to understand how to make developed countries more sustainable while also addressing the real-world sustainability crisis that exists in the developing world. Students are required to complete either a thesis or an internship to complete the sustainability degree.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a discipline that will allow them to study some aspect of the field of sustainability at an advanced level and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.  Please also send a letter explaining your interests in sustainability studies to the graduate director, Dr. Jase Bernhardt at

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This is the suggested course grid for students in the program.

Sustainability, MA


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The department does have a limited number of partial scholarships available. All applicants will be automatically considered, with the most outstanding receiving support. Those who apply by January 31st for admission in the fall semester will be given priority scholarship consideration.

Given that we are a small program, full funding is not currently available, and students must be able to self-fund most of their tuition and fees.

The MA in Sustainability requires 30 semester hours of coursework.  As part of these 30 hours, students must complete 6 semester hours of internship or 6 semester hours of thesis credits.

Required Core Courses (12 hours) 
SBLY 201  Sustainable Development 3 s.h.
SBLY 206  Sustainability Theory and Practice 3 s.h.
SBLY 210 Sustainability Studio 3 s.h.
GEOL 251 Readings  3 s.h.

In addition:
SBLY 340 Sustainability Internship 6 s.h.
SBLY 301 Sustainability Thesis 6 s.h.

Students can take either the thesis or the internship for credit.  Only six hours of one of these courses counts for the degree.  Students must take SBLY 201 and 206 before or concurrently with SBLY 340 and 301.

15 hours of graduate courses from the Departments of Biology; Computer Science; Community Health; Engineering; Geology Environment, and Sustainability; Management; Philosophy; Public Health; or Sociology with the approval of the advisor.  Other courses may count with the approval of the Graduate Director.

Contact:  Dr. Jase E. Bernhardt, Graduate Director
(516) 463-7348
Roosevelt 104A

Other Contacts:
Graduate Admissions
Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability

Students are encouraged to select a mentor from the list of faculty in the Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability or from the list of Affiliated Faculty in other academic departments.  Your faculty mentor will help you select the appropriate electives to reach your goals and assist you with developing a thesis or with finding a suitable internship.

Core Faculty

J. Bret Bennington (Chair), Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability: paleoecology, conservation paleobiology, glacial geomorphology, geologic history of Long Island, coastal sedimentology

Jase Bernhardt, Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability (Director of Sustainability): Climate Change, Human Impacts on Climate, Meteorology, and Risk Communication.

Annetta Centrella-Vitale, Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability: Sustainable Development, Sustainable Agriculture, Food Studies, and Renewable Energy.

E. Christa Farmer, Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability: paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, climate change, trace metals in soils and sediments

Sasha Pesci, Department of Geology, Environment, and Sustainability