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As the global human population climbs toward 11 billion this century and consumption demands increase, we must find ways to meet the needs of people in ways that do not forgo possibilities for future generations. The sustainability challenges we face today are marked by extreme complexity, urgency, conflicting demands, and often a paucity of resources or political will to address them. Transforming these challenges into powerful opportunities requires a new kind of leader – one who can design the practices and cultivate the partnerships essential to building that future.

The Change Leadership for Sustainability Program prepares students to advance sustainability across complex systems in pursuit of human well-being now and in the future. The Change Leadership for Sustainability Program prepares students and professionals to advance sustainability across complex systems in pursuit of human well-being now and in the future. Our coterminal master’s program and executive education programs integrate theoretical and conceptual knowledge with practical skills and tools, enabling students and professionals to develop core knowledge and competencies across three core curricular elements:

  1. Understanding Complex Social-Environmental Systems
  2. Understanding Decision Making and Developing Strategies for Leading Change
  3. Designing Innovations with Impact at Scale

The coterminal master’s degree in Sustainability Science and Practice is available to eligible Stanford undergraduates as a Master of Science or Master of Arts, depending on the chosen set of courses. Executive education is offered through online courses, open-enrollment programs hosted on campus, and custom programs designed for individual clients.

Degree Programs

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Sustainability Science and Practice MS/MA

Executive Education

Leadership for Sustainability

Speaker Series

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Our May 2018 Speaker Series 

What can I do with an MS/MA in Sustainability Science and Practice?

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  • Develop and lead programs or strategies for NGOs, private-sector companies, government agencies, social enterprises.
  • Launch your own enterprise
  • Pursue a doctorate or other advanced degree in a range of disciplines.