Doctorate of Philosophy
To assure maximum applicability, Akamai’s Sustainability Studies Program is interdisciplinary
and individualized, permitting participants to pursue studies and research that cross the fields of
applied psychology and human services, business and economic development, ecological and
environmental studies, education and literacy, health and wellness, peace, diplomacy and
international studies, and transpersonal and consciousness studies. Students are also asked to
apply their studies as a required element of their program, selecting a field site, which supports
their studies and research.
Participants in the Master of Science program in Sustainability Studies complete a minimum of
40 credits above the baccalaureate degree, including a thesis and final review. The coursework
requirements include the academic major, academic minor and research preparation coursework,
and additional electives, as needed, to satisfy the minimum credit requirements. Participants also complete a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the academic coursework, prepare a
formal thesis proposal, complete the thesis project, and prepare the manuscript for faculty
review. They then complete an oral review of thesis at the conclusion of the research review.
Core Academic Requirements (Required: 18 credits)
Major Concentration (Required: 9 credits)
Research Preparation (Required: 3 credits)
Comprehensive Examination (Required: 2 credits)
Thesis Proposal (Required: 2 credits)
Thesis Project (Required: 4 credits)
Oral Review of Thesis (Required: 2 credits)
Akamai is internationally accredited by the International Distance Education Accreditation League (IDEAL), a member of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA), a recognized network of accrediting bodies in the Philippines. IDEAL is a full institutional member of the Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN), an important agency recognized by UNESCO as a regional leader in the developing and serving the needs of quality assurance agencies in higher education. The Commission on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in USA lists APQN as a quality network of accrediting agencies with full validity in accrediting institutions of higher education across the Asia and Pacific Region.
International Student Requirements:
Akamai University is an English language university. All submissions and communications, written or verbal, from students to the faculty or the administration of the University should be in the English language and of scholarly standard. This policy applies to course papers, project reports and other course submissions, student portfolios, comprehensive examinations, final projects, and oral reviews.
Applicants must clearly demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal English language communication skills according to American collegiate standards. A sample of scholarly or professional writing and a telephone communication with a member of the Akamai University faculty are both required elements of the admission process. International students with English as a second language or if prior college study was with non-English language colleges, applicants are required to submit a record of a recent TOEFL examination with acceptable skill levels.