Sustainable Communities 4+1 Program, Master’s of Arts
Explore this unique, accelerated learning program for NAU students in SES and SUS
The School of Earth and Sustainability has partnered with Sustainability Studies to offer this program for students to earn a BS/BA plus an MA in Sustainable Communities in only five years! This accelerated Master’s program pairs with the BS or BA in Environmental & Sustainability Studies.
Program information Accordion Open
This program will allow students to move seamlessly from working toward a BA/BS in Environmental & Sustainability Studies to an MA in Sustainable Communities. The program will be ideal for students who want to build on their undergraduate degree by focusing their graduate study on a social systems perspective on environmental problems. The program takes advantage of the flexible, electives-heavy structure of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Some unique aspects of this integrated program include:
- A minimum of 120 units are required for the Bachelor’s degree and 36 units for the master’s degree. Up to 12 units can apply to both degrees.
- You must maintain a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.25 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for ESS major requirements to retain your admission status into the integrated Bachelor’s/MA program.
Admission requirements Accordion Closed
Admission into the program requires a GPA of 3.25 cumulative and 3.5 in ESS major. Students must submit an academic writing sample to Sustainable.Communities@nau.edu prior to submitting an application to the Graduate College. Taking the GRE is not required.
How to apply Accordion Closed
Submit an application once you have:
- completed 60 semester hours with at least a 3.25 GPA, 24 hours of which were completed at NAU
- completed at least 12 hours of ESS classes with a GPA of 3.5 or greater (these hours are included in the 60 total hours required).
You must apply and be admitted to the integrated program before you take any of the credits that will be used for both degrees. You will maintain undergraduate status (for tuition and financial aid purposes) while taking graduated classes until you receive your BS degree.