College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2012-2013
Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities
Sustainable Communities, Master of Arts
Among the earliest of its kind to be developed, this degree can enable students to merge the field of liberal studies with critical issues related to sustainability and community life.
Since sustainability implies interconnectedness and a systems understanding of knowledge, "SUS" students study the intersections between human social structures and the natural world, paying attention to the philosophical, ethical, and practical dimensions of such study. This program is issue-based: Rather than learn a discipline, SUS students focus on a particular issue or nexus of issues.
What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in Sustainable Communities?
You create your own course of study, focusing on your personal, intellectual, ethical, and practical concerns. Through this program, you will take an integrated approach to several areas of study, such as anthropology, business, economics, the performing arts, and many more. Building your expertise in sustainable community practices will prepare you for a wide range of employment opportunities.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Community organizer
- Non-profit administrator
- City planner
- Ecological restoration professional
- Ecological entrepreneur
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||36|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Thesis||Thesis is required.
|Oral Defense||Oral Defense is required.
|Research||Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- The program application includes a Comprehensive Statement of Intent and three Letters of Recommendation, preferably from university professors.
Take the following 36 units:
- SUS 601, in Fall Semester (3 units)
- SUS 602, in Spring Semester ( 3 units)
- Graduate electives related to sustainable communities and focused on your particular issue or area of study, chosen in careful consultation with your graduate advisor. Courses may include independent study and fieldwork experience, as well as special topics courses and courses from disciplines across the University (21 units)
Select one of the following (6 units):
- Integrative Project: SUS 689, for the preparation of a final integrative project.
- Thesis: SUS 699, for the research, writing, and oral defense of an approved thesis.
- Select one of the following (6 units):
- SUS 695 (3 units)
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
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