Program Overview

The online M.S. in Sustainable Management program is designed primarily for adult and nontraditional students who hold an undergraduate degree and have the desire to continue their education towards a graduate degree. Particular attention is given to ensuring that students are well-versed in both business and organizations, and science by teaching them about complex topics that require both perspectives. The program will ensure that students gain a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which changing human activities affect the inseparable natural, social, and economic environments. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Effectively communicate complex issues related to sustainability
  • Analyze the relationship between human activity and the natural, social and economic environments
  • Apply performance metrics utilizing financial, natural, and social capital to drive organizational decision making
  • Understand and synthesize the role and impact of the built environment
  • Evaluate the social and political impact of sustainability in political systems and their obligations to future generations
  • Examine how organizational leaders develop and enable sustainable organizations
  • Apply supply chain management to impact the design of products, processes, energy production and use, waste minimization, and pollution prevention

The M.S. in Sustainable Management is a 34-credit graduate program is offered jointly by UW-Stout, UW-Superior, UW-Parkside, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Green Bay. Students apply to one of the five partner institutions, and (upon admittance) that institution will become the student’s administrative home for the degree.

The program has an academic director at each institution. Students receive academic advising regarding admission and graduation requirements and financial aid through their home institution. Faculty and academic advisers at each institution offer virtual office hours and online chat capabilities as well as access by telephone and email. Students have online library access through the home institution.

A program manager is housed at UW-Extension. The M.S. in Sustainable Management program manager works in concert with student services staff at the five partner institutions to provide general program information, problem resolution, and career advising online, by phone, or in person for students near Madison. The program manager is in close contact with the enrolled students and with the academic program directors to provide the hands-on active support that has been shown to be important for adult and nontraditional learners. Students enrolled in this program have access to an extensive array of online student services including writing labs, learning readiness assessments, and career advising offered by UW-Extension.

Types of individuals potentially interested in this degree include:

  • Those seeking an advanced degree.
  • Those working in the professional and business services sectors.
  • Those working in trade, transportation, and utilities sectors.
  • General and operations managers.
  • Construction managers.
  • First-line supervisors/managers of construction trade workers and production and operating workers.  
  • Entry- to mid-level management professionals.
  • Professionals within environmental health and safety positions.  
  • Individuals aspiring to positions as directors of sustainability or sustainability coordinators
  • Professionals within the construction, business services, manufacturing, and utilities sectors,
  • Adult and nontraditional students.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the M.S. in Sustainable Management program will be required to demonstrate a 3.0 cumulative GPA and completion of a bachelor’s degree. Fill out the Electronic Application Form and be sure to include a 500-word Main Statement. Additionally, mail two Letters of Recommendation and a Resume to

Students will apply and be admitted to one of the five partner institutions. The admissions determination will be made by a committee consisting of Academic Program Directors from the five partner institutions. Once admitted, the student’s home institution will remain constant for the duration of the degree program. Admissions will occur on a rolling basis with new applicants able to start the program during each of the academic terms: Fall, Spring, and Summer. To graduate from one of the partner institutions, students in the M.S. in Sustainable Management program will have to satisfy all degree requirements for their home institutions.

Admissions, financial aid, registration, and institution-specific academic advising will be done at the home institution by phone or online following protocols similar to those for on-campus students.

Delivery Method

The entire M.S. in Sustainable Management degree program is offered online. All of the courses, and corresponding student services, are offered online. Students can complete the degree program without visiting their home institution.


About the Program

University of Wisconsin Sustainable Management


The M.S. in Sustainable Management is a collaborative, online degree completion program offered by five UW System institutions with administrative and financial support from UW-Extension.

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