Environmental Science and Sustainability MS

About the Environmental Science and Sustainability Master's Tracks at Loyola

Climate change heightens social injustices, and global economies drive climate change. Solutions to today's complex environmental challenges are informed by the sciences and implemented in the socio-economic-political arena. Lasting solutions require a diverse interdisciplinary understanding of the issues and a robust skill set.

Loyola's School of Environmental Science and Sustainability takes a whole-systems approach to our greatest environmental and sustainability challenges. The Loyola MS in Environmental Science and Sustainability (MSESS) program challenges you to deepen your understanding of complex socio-ecological systems and develop your ability to make accurate and ethical evidence-based decisions on sustainable development goals. Our students are academics and activists: you'll learn the skills needed to join the growing number of researchers and environmental science and sustainability specialists while earning a degree that can advance your professional standing—and make a positive impact on our collective future.

MSESS students come from a variety of backgrounds. No matter what your undergraduate degree is, you are encouraged and supported as you enhance your understanding of the growing world of sustainability and prepare for a wide variety of careers in sustainability and environmental science.

Two tracks allow you to focus your studies on the academic area that matches your interests and goals:

Environmental Science and Sustainability Professional Track

The Professional Track prepares you with the toolkit necessary for today's sustainability challenges. You'll gain pragmatic workplace skills through coursework in some of our most prominent sustainability areas: sustainability assessment and planning, environmental law and policy, sustainable business practices, or geographic information systems.

In the Research Track you will work with our faculty to examine research questions on pressing environmental issues such as environmental conservation, environmental economics, invasive species, climate change, and sustainability.

Program Structure

The Environmental Science and Sustainability master’s program can be pursued full-time or part-time. Classes are held at the School of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola’s convenient Lake Shore Campus, a short train ride away from downtown Chicago.

Students in the Professional Track have the opportunity to take both classroom and online courses (the program is not offered 100% online).

Are you a current Loyola undergrad?

This program is eligible for an Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's degree. Earn a Master’s with only one extra year of study following the completion of your eligible undergraduate degree.


Why Choose Loyola for Your Environmental Science and Sustainability Master's?

As an institution of higher education, sustainability at Loyola is driven by our Jesuit tradition of social justice and service to humanity. It is embodied in an educational experience and activities that seek to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the future of generations to come. We are committed to an inclusive process considering social, economic, and environmental impacts in a transformative education for our students.

The concept of “environment” begins in our facilities

Students at the School of Environmental Sustainability study, research, work, and even eat in a unique, immersive learning environment. School facilities include a working biodiesel lab, a greenhouse, vegetable gardens, and labs equipped to study ecotoxicology, aquatic ecology, analytical chemistry, and more.

Analyze the intersection of environmental science, social justice, business practices, economic structures, and legal systems. You will learn from faculty experts and researchers working together in a team that spans a wide variety of areas of expertise and research.

You'll get hands-on experience with field research, habitat restoration, and sustainable agriculture at the Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus, located on 98 acres of green space in Woodstock, Illinois.

Our building on the Lake Shore Campus has state-of-the-art features that minimize energy use, reduce waste, and conserve water. The cafe at SES offers sustainably grown, fair-trade coffee and seasonal, organic, and locally grown food. Learn more about the school's facilities and explore Loyola's campus-wide sustainability efforts through the Office of Sustainability.

Hands-on internship opportunities allow you to get deeply involved in our environmental initiatives. SES has connections with some premiere partner organizations for additional opportunities beyond the University. Our active student organizations also provide avenues for building teamwork and leadership skills while taking action on vital sustainability issues.

Design your personal curriculum to gain practical knowledge and skills in this rapidly expanding career field. Expand your professional impact and strengthen your interdisciplinary expertise—the program's diverse core and elective courses allow you to explore the scientific, social, political, and business impacts on our changing environment.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Environmental Sustainability faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Environmental Science and Sustainability MS program.

Faculty and Staff