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Stevens: School Launches New Master's Program in Sustainability Management


6/28/2016

 

Hoboken, N.J. — June 27, 2016 — This fall, Stevens will welcome the first class of students into its newest graduate program: the Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainability Management. 

Offered through Schaefer School of Engineering & Science (SES), the M.S. in sustainability management gives green advocates from a wide range of backgrounds the opportunity to innovate for environmental progress.

The program is unique among other sustainability management degrees in the tristate region for convening students from both technical and non-technical backgrounds who have a common passion for sustainability.

The aim of the program is to give students with degrees in the humanities, social sciences, business, policy, and law an advanced knowledge of sustainability technology, while students from engineering, design, and science backgrounds will acquire the soft skills required to succeed in management.

Program founder and director Dr. Dibyendu “Dibs” Sarkar believes this approach will serve to bridge the gap between scientific progress on sustainability and social implementation.

“One thing that makes us different is that we adhere to students’ basic academic preparation,” Dr. Sarkar commented. “They don’t have to be engineers and we’re not trying to turn everyone into engineers. The whole idea is that we want to put students on the same platform so they can communicate across disciplines. Engineers can communicate their designs to gifted communicators who can translate them for public consumption and impact.”

The M.S. in sustainability management responds to demand in the marketplace for qualified sustainability professionals, which is growing at a rapid rate. In 2014, 49 percent of CEOs polled in a McKinsey Global Survey said sustainability was a top priority, compared with 34 percent in 2010. Correspondingly, 5.4 million jobs in renewable energy were created globally between 2009 and 2014, according to the International Monetary Fund.

The program’s strong emphasis on professional development helps students seize what Dr. Sarkar calls “the sustainability moment.” Core curriculum courses focus on skills in business management as well as environmental assessment, research, and policy, while elective tracks cater to hard and soft technical disciplines, allowing students to tailor the program to their interests. Students without workplace experience in sustainability will receive assistance with securing internships — and all students in the program will benefit from a seminar series with sustainability experts and built-in networking opportunities with industry leaders.

Other distinctive features of the program include part-time or full-time flexible enrollment, including an option to complete the program in three semesters, as well as hybrid courses that combine in-class and online coursework for busy professionals.

For more information on the M.S. in sustainability management, visit the program's website.

Stevens Institute of Technology is a private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J., overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programs for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 290 full-time faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. 


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