Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Graduate Programs

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Advance your career and help save the world.

Attend our Virtual Graduate Open House on October 30. LEARN MORE

Empowering the Next Generation of Environmental Leaders

We know you’re passionate about the environment. We know you’re passionate about finding sustainable solutions to environmental challenges. At IES, we are looking for students to become environmental leaders with the courage to define and confront the century’s greatest challenges.

Expand your professional impact and strengthen your interdisciplinary expertise through our Master of Science in Environmental Science and Sustainability program. 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.

  • Examine research questions in pressing environmental issues such as environmental conservation, ecotoxicology, climate change, and sustainability.
  • Analyze the intersection of environmental science, social justice, business practices, economic structures, and legal systems.
  • Explore the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and Ecosystem Assessment Report that address global and interdisciplinary aspects of environmental sustainability in science and society.
  • Design your own personal curriculum to gain practical knowledge and skills in this rapidly expanding career field.
  • Learn from experts and researchers working together in a truly interdisciplinary team.
  • Complete your degree in as little as 16 months or two years, depending on the track and courses you select.

By the numbers

$84,320

Average annual salary for environmental scientists and specialists with a Master’s degree. - Illinois Department of Employment 2017

11%

National projected growth rate in the environmental science and specialties employment sector from 2016 to 2026. - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

2X

In Illinois, jobs in environmental science and specialties are opening at twice the rate of all other job sectors. - Illinois Department of Employment Security

We Live Our Commitment to Sustainability

At Loyola we don’t just talk about sustainability, we live it – and people are noticing:

  • AASHE Gold STARS seal of approval
  • Higher Education Climate Leadership Award – U.S. Green Building Council
  • 5th most eco-friendly campus in the nation and top in the Midwest – College Magazine
  • Student-run Farmer’s Market and greenhouse
  • LUREC –Loyola’s 98-acre Retreat and Ecology Campus where IES students conduct field and lab studies
  • 10 LEED-certified buildings
  • Carbon neutral by 2025 goal

Inside IES

Ray Dybzinski

Assistant Professor, PhD, Ecology

“I’m really interested in understanding the causes and consequences of biological diversity, and plants are a fascinating way to explore this.”

Tania Schusler

Assistant Professor, PhD, Natural Resource Policy & Management

“I am interested in how community development can simultaneously foster personal well-being, social equity, economic vitality, and environmental protection. Community participation in decision-making plays a central role.”

Nancy Tuchman, PhD

Founding Dean of Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability

“At Loyola, we take a whole-systems approach to sustainability. We live it, we teach it, and we engrain it in our students. Our newest graduate and certificate programs are designed to train people to develop innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to today’s environmental crisis. Join us and you’ll work with a group of solution-driven faculty at a university committed to leading the sustainability movement.”