The Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies is an innovative program designed to prepare candidates for a future role as change agents in a world that is rapidly transforming. Ecological, social and economic systems around the world and at local levels are deteriorating and facing potential collapse. These crises present unique challenges, as well as extraordinary opportunities. The long-term future of human civilization rests on our success at meeting these challenges by grasping and actualizing the opportunities available to us, to remake the world closer to the way things properly ought to be.
Students move as a cohort through the two-year program, taking two courses each semester. In addition, there is a summer practicum between the first and second years, during which students have the opportunity to work with a practitioner of sustainability. This practicum serves as a node point in each student’s journey toward the culmination of the program—their final Capstone project. This project is developed over the entire duration of the program, exploring the diverse perspectives each of the courses brings to bear on the practice of sustainability.
Throughout the program, students are exposed to a breadth of views on the subject of sustainability practice from a diverse and interdisciplinary perspective. The program draws on a broad pool of expertise represented by the faculty of Ramapo College, ensuring that each student receives the support and advisement necessary for the successful completion of their studies.
Courses are often team taught, or have a modular structure, with faculty from a variety of schools being called in to lecture. The Program faculty, themselves, represent a diverse pool of expertise, ranging from sustainability planning and policy to community level assessment, earth system processes, global and local ecological analysis, social processes, economic development, business management from within a sustainability frame, and research methods from diverse perspectives.
Candidates are admitted in the Fall semester only. Review of applications begins on December 1 in the year preceding the Fall session for which admission is being sought. All candidates are required to submit a statement of purpose accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae, in addition to meeting all other requirements set by the Graduate School. Admission. The GRE is not required. All candidates are required to submit a substantial statement of purpose (about four pages), accompanied by a Curriculum Vitae.