What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Community Sustainability provides students with opportunities to engage in integrated and applied research and acquire professional skills.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, students must meet the requirements specified below. Students may not be admitted to both the Master of Science degree in Community Sustainability and the Master of Science degree in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Area Management.

The student may elect either Plan A (with thesis) or Plan B (without thesis). Plan A emphasizes integrated and applied research and is designed as the foundation for doctoral study. Plan B focuses on the acquisition of well-defined professional skills, appropriate for a terminal degree and for professional employment.

A minimum of 30 credits is required for the degree under Plan A and Plan B. The student’s program of study must be developed in cooperation with and approved by the student’s guidance committee and must include the requirements.

All of the following courses (10 credits):

  • CSUS 800 Foundations of Community Sustainability I
  • CSUS 801 Foundations of Community Sustainability II
  • CSUS 802 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry
  • CSUS 805 Proposal Development for Interdisciplinary Inquiry I

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 30 credits)

Tuition fees
USD $1,484.50 per credit hour
Start date

28 August 2019, 6 January 2020, 2 September 2020

Venue

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture,

446 W. Circle Drive, Room 102 ,

EAST LANSING,

Michigan,

48824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a program leading to a master’s degree requires completion of a level of education comparable to a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Other English Language Requirements accepted: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum average score of 550, no sub score below 52 on Paper-based test (PBT); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) minimum average score of 83, no sub score below 80; MSU English Language Test (MSUELT) Minimum average score of 80 to 84, no subscore below 80; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A): Minimum Overall Score of 53; no sub score below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub score below 59.

For international students

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or comparable degree requirements from an educational institution. Relevant experience and strong academic backgrounds in the natural, physical, or social sciences are encouraged for applicants to the Master of Science in Community Sustainability.

Minimum English requirements

TOEFL – PBT: minimum average score of 550, no sub score below 52, iBT: no sub score below 19 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub score below 22; with a minimum average score of 80; IELTS - Minimum average score of 6.5, No sub score below 6.0; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum Overall Score of 53; no sub score below 51 for reading, listening, and speaking; no writing sub score below 59.

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