M.S. Sustainable Management

Are you ready to lead your organization into a sustainable future?
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

Learn to Lead the Way to a Sustainable Future.

The Master of Science degree in Sustainable Management is a 34-credit online program that combines coursework in business, sustainability and environmental management. Our graduates are well-versed in both business and in science, with skills including:

  • Communication about complex issues.
  • Ability to analyze the relationship between human activity and various environments.
  • Application of performance metrics for decision-making.
  • Understanding the role and impact of the built environment.
  • Evaluation of social and political impact of sustainability.
  • Development of organizational leaders in sustainable organizations.
  • Ability to impact the design of products, processes, energy production and use, minimize waste and prevent pollution.

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.



100% online: complete this degree entirely at your own pace and schedule.

As a graduate of this program, you'll find career opportunities in a wide variety of industries:

  • Professional and business services
  • Trade, transportation and utilities sectors
  • General and operations managers
  • Construction
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Manufacturing

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This unique program is offered collaboratively by five partner institutions: UW-Stout, UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside and UW-Superior with administrative and financial support from UW Extended Campus.

Scholarships Available Fall & Spring Semesters

Scholarships for new and continuing Master of Science students. UW Sustainable Management has awarded nearly $1,300,000 in scholarships since 2011.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be admitted to a campus and registered for at least one course in the UW Sustainable Management Master of Science program. Certificate and special students are not eligible.

Student Status & Support

Students will be admitted to one of our five partner institutions. The admissions determination will be made by a committee consisting of Academic Program Directors from the five partner institutions. Once admitted, the student’s home institution will remain constant for the duration of the degree program. Admissions will occur on a rolling basis with new applicants able to start the program during each of the academic terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer. To graduate from one of the partner institutions, students in the M.S. Sustainable Management program will have to satisfy all degree requirements for their home institutions. 

Admissions, financial aid, registration, and institution-specific academic advising will be done at the home institution by phone or online following protocols similar to those for on-campus students. 

The program has an academic director at each institution. Students receive academic advising regarding admission and graduation requirements and financial aid through their home institution. Faculty and academic advisers at each institution offer virtual office hours and online chat capabilities as well as access by telephone and email. Students have online library access through the home institution.

A program manager is housed at UW-Extension. The M.S. in Sustainable Management program manager works in concert with student services staff at the five partner institutions to provide general program information, problem resolution, and career advising online, by phone, or in person for students near Madison. The program manager is in close contact with the enrolled students and with the academic program directors to provide the hands-on active support that has been shown to be important for adult and nontraditional learners. Students enrolled in this program have access to an extensive array of online student services including writing labs, learning readiness assessments, and career advising offered by UW-Extension.

Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate Studies. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


To be admitted to this program, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • Have earned an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Program-Specific Application Requirements

To successfully apply for the program, first complete the UW System Application and receive your Application ID. Then, use this ID to fill out the UW-Stout Graduate Studies Collection Form, where you will provide the following:

  • Personal Statement (included in the general Graduate School application above)
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
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*The Collection Form Site requires an Application ID provided upon completion of the UW-System Application
Program Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Members

JuliaChapmanProgram DirectorUW-Stout
SteveDunnAcademic DirectorUW-Oshkosh 
AmandaGoetschProgram ManagerUW Extended Campus
MichaelHollyAcademic DirectorUW-Green Bay
Mark McCoonAcademic DirectorUW-Superior
JohnSkalbeckAcademic DirectorUW-Parkside
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Program Information

Read UW System's guide to the program, complete with information on courses, careers, and tuition.