The Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability is a revolutionary, national low-residency program that will provide graduate level study in urban ecosystem science, urban planning and policy, activism and advocacy, urban environmental education, program evaluation, conflict resolution and mediation, sustainable practice, and research methods.
M.A. in Urban Sustainability
AULA has a long-standing, deeply-rooted commitment to promoting various forms of justice in our community. The consequences of climate change and unsustainable communities will fall largely to the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised citizens and will exacerbate pre-existing imbalances of social and economic well being. The M.A. in Urban Sustainability Program provides education to those who seek to mitigate these imbalances through advocacy for change in policy and practice. In response to the growing awareness of the interconnections between environmental, economic and social issues, and the urgency of our current global environmental crisis, the M.A. in Urban Sustainability (U.S.) program seeks to inform and train current and aspiring community leaders and activists to advocate for sustainable urban policy and social change. This interdisciplinary program immerses students in a place-based context, fosters a systems-thinking approach, and promotes community engagement throughout the course of study. Students and faculty engage in dialog about sustainability issues, expand their environmental literacy, think critically about social, economic, and political strategies and the effects of rapid change on urban and global communities, and consider the policies and practices required to ensure economic, social and environmental justice.