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University to offer online M.S. degree in sustainable management

August 24, 2012

Three years after helping develop an online Bachelor of Science degree in sustainable management, UW-Stout will join four other campuses in offering an online master’s degree in the same subject area.

The UW Board of Regents Friday approved the degree, which means that the collaborative online Master of Science degree in sustainable management will be offered by UW-Stout, UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside and UW-Superior.

“This is a logical next step after we started offering our online bachelor’s degree in sustainable management,” said Mary Hopkins-Best, interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “We are confident that this will be a popular advanced degree that will appeal to a wide range of working adults.”

A report given to the Board of Regents said: “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics handbook, jobs in environmental sustainability, or green technology careers, are becoming big business, especially as the global market expands and more companies increase their commitment to environmental sustainability. Indeed, careers in green technology are expected to grow much faster than the average job market as a whole, translating to a roughly 20 percent increase per year, at least until 2018.”

Officials said that about one-third of the applicants to the bachelor’s program already had a degree and some indicated they would have pursued a master’s degree if it had been available. Already, more than 200 students have indicated their desire to be contacted if a master’s degree is offered. It is projected that the program will have 146 students enrolled after five years.

Each of the campuses involved will provide up to 10 credits for the 34-credit curriculum. Students will apply to one of the five partner institutions and that campus will be the student’s administrative home for the degree. The students will receive all of their necessary services from their home campus.

UW-Extension will provide administrative support, financial investment, marketing and student services for the program. The program will establish a Sustainable Management Advisory Board to work closely with employers, including minority-owned businesses, interested in professional development for their employees.

For more information on the new degree program, go to www.uwstout.edu/programs/mssm/.

On Thursday, the Board of Regents approved asking Gov. Scott Walker to include two residence hall remodeling projects in the governor’s 2013-15 capital budget. The projects are a $7.9 million renovation of McCalmont Hall and a $13.2 million renovation of North Hall. The renovations are part of a 16-year residence hall renewal plan developed with the assistance of a consultant that called for infrastructure upgrades, redesigning bathrooms and stairwells and adding community spaces on each floor.

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