The M.A. with a major in sustainability and development offers a graduate-level degree to students looking for advanced education in the growing fields of sustainability and development. The program will produce graduates who will connect and contribute to the local community, deal with problems on the national and international stages, and increase the profile of the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Southern Methodist University as a whole. It will also be synergistic with and an important contributor to the success of the new Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity. All graduate courses are offered with evening class times and via distance learning to accommodate the busy schedules of working professionals.
Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from an institution of standard collegiate rank, recognized by the accrediting agencies in whose jurisdiction the college is located, may apply for admission to the M.A. with a major in sustainability and development. Graduates of colleges not fully recognized will be treated as special cases and required to produce evidence attesting to the quality of their programs. Any student whose bachelor’s degree is not equivalent to the comparable baccalaureate degree from SMU may be required to take sufficient additional work to make up the deficiency. All applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale).
Candidates are required to satisfy these requirements: 30 credit hours, with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale. All students must complete at least nine credit hours of core requirements to include:
Students may enroll in a number of different sections of the special topics course CEE 7391. Different sections will be managed and prepared differently. It is the intent to provide seminar, research and site-based internship/service learning opportunities through the different sections. Students will have the option to choose which experience best matches their career path.
A depth component of an additional at least six credit hours is required in one specialty, either sustainable global development and design or sustainable management.