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Master of Science in Sustainable Management


The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the University of Wisconsin-Superior have collaborated to offer an online master’s degree program in Sustainable Management. The master’s degree in Sustainable Management is appropriate for students with an existing bachelor’s degree in a range of disciplines and the desire to continue their education in this developing field. The interdisciplinary nature of this degree encourages students to examine sustainability from different perspectives and the curriculum ensures that students gain a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which changing human activities affect our natural, social and economic environments.

Admission Requirements

Each student’s prior academic background is evaluated by the Chair at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Students with a GPA of 3.0 or greater will be admitted to the program.  Students with a GPA above 2.5 may be considered for provisional admission by an Admissions Committee consisting of representatives from all the participating campuses, although additional verification of academic record and potential could be requested.

Degree Requirements

Students who are adequately prepared when they enter the program may earn the degree by satisfactorily completing a minimum of 34 credits of course work, which includes 1 credit for a capstone preparation course and 3 credits for a capstone project. Those who lack appropriate prerequisites may need to take additional courses to strengthen their backgrounds. Credits earned in undergraduate courses cannot be applied toward the graduate degree in Sustainable Management.

All students in the Sustainable Management program are required to complete a core curriculum of 24 credits, the capstone preparation course and the capstone course. The remaining 6 credits can be selected from a group of specialty track electives based on the student’s areas of interest.

Core Curriculum24
Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability
The Natural Environment
Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line
Policy, Law and the Ethics of Sustainability
Economics of Sustainability
The Built Environment
Geopolitical Systems: Decision Making for Sustainability on the Local, State and National Level
Leading Sustainable Organizations
Speciality Electives - choose two of the following courses:6
Travel Course
Corporate Social Responsibility
Supply Chain Management
Sustainable Water Management
Waste Management and Resource Recovery
Capstone Experience4
Capstone Preparation Course
Capstone Project
Total Credits34

Steps Toward the Degree

  1. The candidate applies to the Master of Sustainable Management program by submitting an application, official transcripts, resume, statement of intent and two letters of reference to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
  2. The candidate is admitted to the Master of Sustainable Management program by the program Chair.
  3. The student fulfills the degree requirements for the program.
  4. The student is awarded a Master of Sustainable Management degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.


Chandna, Vallari, Assistant Professor, Business Administration (Management). BA.LL.B-Honors (2007);  MBA. (2011) University of North Texas; Ph.D. (2016) University of North Texas.

Fields of Interest: Teaching interests include Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Business Policy (capstone), Leadership and Human Resources Management. Research interests include virtual entrepreneurship, new organizational forms (temporary organizations), degrowth, sustainability, individual and organizational issues in start-ups, and inter-organizational relationships. Currently a Board Member for Southwest Academy of Management serving as a Representative-at-Large. (EMBI) and Track Chair for the upcoming International Conference on Entrepreneurship & Family Business (ICEFB). 

Katers, John F., Dean, College of Science and Technology. Academic Director, Master of Science in Sustainable Management (SMGT). Frederick E. Baer Professor in Business. B.S. (1991), M.S. (1993) UW-Green Bay; Ph.D. (1996) Marquette.

Fields of Interest: Waste management, recycling, pollution control, pollution prevention, renewable energy, and waste water treatment.

Wheat, Elizabeth, Associate Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs (Political Science). B.A. (2002) Alma College, M.P.A. (2004) Indiana University, Ph.D. (2013) Western Michigan University. 

Fields of Interest: Teaching interests include environmental law and policy; global environmental politics; natural resources; constitutional law; and global politics. Research interests include environmental law at the U.S. Court of Appeals; wildlife smuggling; environmental justice; environmental policy, particularly endangered species and water policy; and policy analysis.