Master of Arts/Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability
Master of Arts/Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability
Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability (MA/MS) 1
INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES: CONCENTRATION IN SUSTAINABILITY (MA/MS)
Master of Arts/Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in Sustainability (IS MA SUS/IS MS SUS) Unit: School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (GI) Department: Sustainability Program Webpage: louisville.edu/upa/programs/master-of-interdisciplinary-studies-in-sustainability
The large-scale goal of the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability Degree program (both MA and MS degrees) is to prepare students to address complex regional, state, national and global challenges posed by the intersection of human exponential growth and increasingly limited resources that support society. Students seeking a career involving research or doctoral program should consider pursuing the Master of Science option.
The exponentially rising demands that human populations make on natural resources and ecological systems that supply us with energy, food, water and many other ecosystem services will be further threatened by climate change and the pollution of air, soil, and water. Continued reliance on a “business as usual” approach to the economic production and consumption of goods and services, often characterized by the stresses it places on The Commons and by a disregard for environmental and social justice, now threatens the ability of the natural world to absorb our collective impact, erodes our collective security, and polarizes our societies. Substantial changes in social contracts, economic systems, as well as individual and institutional behaviors will be needed to provide more sustainable, healthy and secure societies. National, regional and local experimentation is needed to find solutions to societal challenges.
This Master of Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability program is an initiative of the University of Louisville’s Sustainability Council which seeks to integrate sustainability into everything that goes on at UofL. Students in the program are encouraged to contribute to the Sustainability Council’s efforts to explore sustainable solutions for UofL and our community. More information about the UofL Sustainability Council can be found on their website at louisville.edu/sustainability
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree (any major is acceptable), and provide a completed application form, a transcript of all undergraduate course work, scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. The GRE code for the University of Louisville is 1838.
Admission is competitive. The minimum requirements for unconditional admission are the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and competitive scores on all sub-tests of the Graduate Record Exam.
Those applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a university where the language of instruction is English, must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 79 on the internet-based test or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with a minimum score of 6.5.
The program maintains a rolling admissions policy.
The following materials must be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies at graduate.louisville.edu/apply/:
- Application Form
- Application Fee
- Transcript(s): Transcripts of your college records from all of the schools you have attended must be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.*
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE): The program requires only the general sections of the GRE (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing). Scores should be directly reported to the university using the University of Louisville institution code of 1838. Those for whom English is not their native language must also submit TOEFL scores.*
- Two Recommendation Letters/Forms: Two letters of recommendation from academic sources are required and must be submitted online to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions.
The committee for reviewing student applications will consist of faculty currently serving on the Sustainability Council's Education Committee.
For answers to commonly asked questions by applicants, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (https://louisville.edu/graduate/futurestudents/admissions-faq-for-prospective-graduate-students) page of the Graduate School website.
*There are additional requirements for international students. These requirements are listed at louisville.edu/graduate/futurestudents/international-applicants/international-students.
After applying and submitting the application fee online, please be sure to send all application materials (transcripts, GRE scores, personal statement of interest, and three letters of recommendation) directly to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies University of Louisville, 105 Houchens Bldg. Louisville, KY 40292 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
The minimum requirements for unconditional admission is the baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution, an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and completion of the Graduate Record Exam.
The committee for reviewing student applications will consist of a subcommittee of faculty currently serving on the Sustainability Council's Education and Research Committee.
The Department of Urban and Public Affairs administers a limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships (GRAs). Apply for GRA here.
GRAs carry a monthly stipend and are granted tuition remission. In return students are required to carry at least nine hours of courses per semester and assist a faculty member (in their preferred core area and correlating department of concentration/ specialization) for 20 hours per week over a 10-month period. GRAs are required to carry at least 9 hours of courses per semester. Students interested in a GRA should consult the program director.
There are four different types of GRAs available to students within the Department of Urban and Public Affairs. They all include full tuition remission, a monthly stipend, and health insurance and are all highly competitive. The first is departmental funding awarded primarily based on merit, thus the higher the GRE score and GPA, the better the chances of the student receiving funding. There are typically 1-2 available positions per academic year and thus are highly competitive and students can apply here at Graduate Research Assistantship/Fellowship Application. The second type is offered via grant or contracts obtained by our various research centers within the department: State Data Center, Center for Hazards Research and Policy Development, etc. These funds are awarded based on the student’s skills and experience with similar projects. The third type of funding is awarded through departments outside of Urban and Public Affairs. In the past, some students were able to secure funding through positions in the International Center, Cultural Center, Athletics, and Alumni Center and the REACH campus tutoring service. These funds are awarded based upon the student’s skills and experience related to the position. Contact information for these departments is available on the www.louisville.edu A-Z website. The fourth type of funding is available to qualified Ethnic Minority Students through the graduate school and is awarded through a competitive nomination process.
The deadline for application for the departmental GRA application is March 1st.
Please fill out and submit the application below to be considered for the GRA.
For more information on general student financial aid (loans, grants, and work study) contact the UofL Financial Aid Office.
Tamara Sluss, Ph.D.
Director of MA/MS Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration in Sustainability
The Graduate School
Department of Urban and Public Affairs
University of Louisville
426 W. Bloom Street, Room 109
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Phone: (502) 852-7906
Fax: (502) 852-4558