Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Master of Science in Environmental Science & Sustainability: Professional Track


820 N. Michigan Ave

Lewis Towers Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Environmental Science & Sustainability: Professional Track

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The environment needs our help. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, and air, water, and soil pollution are just some of the issues facing our world. Confronting the threats to our environment will be one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. To support sustainable development and protect the environment for future generations, the world needs professionals with interdisciplinary training in environmental sustainability.


The MS in Environmental Science and Sustainability is an innovative interdisciplinary degree that integrates the sciences, social sciences, and humanities and will equip students with the skills and knowledge to develop sustainability related solutions to environmental challenges.

Students choose between two tracks:

•   The RESEARCH TRACK is geared toward students who wish to pursue doctoral studies after obtaining a master’s degree. Students will research, write, and defend a thesis under the supervision of a faculty research advisor.

•   The PROFESSIONAL TRACK is ideal for recent college graduates and continuing professionals who want flexible options to expand their knowledge, experience, career options, and ability to make a difference. Students will complete electives in environmental science or sustainable society and business courses, as well as completing one of four concentration areas: Sustainability Assessment and Planning, Sustainable Business Management, and Geographic Information Systems or Environmental Law and Policy.

Students in both tracks will complete core courses addressing the global and interdisciplinary aspects of environmental sustainability by focusing on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Ecosystem Assessment Report.


•  The MS degree (Research Track) offers full-time enrollment only Average time to completion: 2 years (full time)
•  The MS degree (Professional Track) offers full- and part-time enrollment Average time to completion: 2 years (full time), 3–5 years (part time)
•  Graduate certificates offer full- and part-time enrollment Average time to completion: 1 year


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.” In addition, Illinois has the 8th highest average wage for environmental scientists and specialists in the country ($84,320), led by the Chicago metropolitan area ($88,600).

Students in the program can expect to:
•  Expand their professional competencies in areas such as interdisciplinary thinking, systems thinking, research design, data collection, data analysis, research ethics, and technical writing
•  Develop skills in environmental and sustainability sciences including qualitative and quantitative environmental data analysis, implementing UN Sustainable Development Goals, and sustainability tracking
•  Prepare for careers in the public and private sectors, such as government agencies, consulting firms, businesses, and not for- profit organizations
•  Get ready to pursue doctoral studies in their given area of specialization (Research Track only)


Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) is a nationally recognized leader in sustainability, with groundbreaking undergraduate curriculum and state-of-the-art
sustainability facilities.

In addition, Loyola:
•  The first and only school operation in the U.S. licensed to produce and sell biodiesel.
•  Ranked the 16th greenest campus in 2017 by the Sierra Club.
•  Earned a gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, & Rating System (STARS) of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).


Begin the financial aid process by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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