Joint M.S. in Sustainable Organizations and Policy 

Offered by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the Whitman School of Management, this joint program leverages the national reputations and programmatic strengths of both schools in preparing students to be versatile, multidisciplinary, forward thinking experts and leaders ready to take on the important challenges across the globe related to sustainability. 


This program can be completed in one year as a full-time student and is composed of a minimum of 30 credits. Central to this program is that students will take courses from both Maxwell and Whitman—12 credits from each school, ensuring that students learn about sustainability from a variety of perspectives, such as economics, entrepreneurship, environmental studies, international affairs, public administration, political science, statistics, sociology and supply chain management.


This program is designed for those who are passionate about sustainability and seek an interdisciplinary approach that features experts in business, policy, governance, and entrepreneurship and will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to manage programs and lead organizations in addressing the challenging issues of sustainability in a complex global environment.


Students will come from a variety of undergraduate and professional backgrounds, including from the social sciences, humanities, sciences, engineering and business. This is a STEM-designated program, allowing international students to have 36 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon completion of the program.


Admission requirements will be the same as other master’s degree programs at the Maxwell School and Whitman School. Competitive scholarships are available based on merit.


See the M.S. in sustainable organizations and policy website for more detailed information about this new joint program.


For more information on this new program please contact:


Cory Meyers

Director, Graduate Enrollment
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs



Mary Collier

Executive Director, Graduate Recruitment
Whitman School of Management