Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Master of Science in Environmental Science & Sustainability: Research 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: Research Track

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Climate change heightens social injustices, and global economies drive climate change. Solutions to today’s complex environmental challenges are informed by the sciences, and implemented in the socio-economic-political arena. Lasting solutions require diverse interdisciplinary understanding. At IES, we proudly take a whole-systems approach to our greatest environmental and sustainability challenges. As one of our Research Track graduate students you will have the opportunity to work with our diverse, interdisciplinary faculty in a range of critically important areas. Conduct an original research project with an expert and explore the scientific, social, political and business impacts on the changing environment with your fellow classmates through our diverse core and elective courses.

Learning Outcomes

  • Deepen your understanding of complex socio-ecological systems and their connection with sustainable development goals.
  • Increase your ability to make accurate and ethical evidence-based decisions from scientific literature.
  • Expand your capacity to communicate environmental science and sustainability issues to the scientific community, professional colleagues, policy makers, and the general public.
  • Demonstrate competence of in-depth knowledge and skills through completion of an original research project and thesis.

This program is rolling admission.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
  • GRE results
  • At least one letter of recommendation (three preferred)
  • Statement of research interests identifying a thesis advisor (approx. 250-500 words)
  • For non-native speakers who have not earned a degree in an English-speaking institution: TOEFL/IELTS – 213 computer, 550 written, 79-80 iBT, 6.5 IELTS


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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