Master of Arts


This innovative and distinctive one-year program combines social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, management and law. Courses taught will include guest lecturers and off-site facility visits. As a result, students will have unparalleled opportunities to engage with professionals beyond the Wake Forest campus. In addition to completing the four core courses, students will engage with organizations outside of the classroom through the completion of a two-credit practicum in Applied Sustainability as well as through course electives. In the summer following the second semester, students will complete a research thesis or internship.

The program’s mission is to educate the next generation of leaders in sustainability and place them where they can be most effective. We provide students with a high caliber education and prepare them to enter the workforce or create new ventures to address the social, economic and environmental demands in their respective fields. We educate students to be change agents and develop a vision for ways to invest in and contribute to creating a sustainable future. The program expands Wake Forest’s commitment to sustainability and creates opportunities for faculty members to direct their teaching and scholarship toward sustainability-related topics. The multidisciplinary program strengthens collaboration among the different schools at Wake Forest University and the greater communities of business, government agencies, and non-government organizations.

Candidates do not share a typical background nor are they required to have completed specific prerequisites prior to matriculation. The profile of a candidate will typically take the form of an accomplished mid-career professional seeking to re-orient or supplement their career with deep expertise in the field of sustainability, or a recent undergraduate from an accredited institution of higher education. The integrated curriculum of our programs prepares students to join the vanguard of the sustainability movement, which is generating extensive and diverse opportunities for graduates in both large and small private business, as well as in NGOs, and government bodies. Candidates for the degree will explore and inform their calling in sustainability and add value to their professional endeavors while simultaneously satisfying the urgent societal need for highly knowledgeable leaders in the field of sustainability.