Graduate Program Overview

All ISP graduate programs introduce, prepare and equip professionals in the emerging academic theory and technical application of sustainability by addressing the interactions between the planet, business, and society.  Each course provides opportunities for students to research and incorporate chosen focus areas of sustainability into assignments, case studies and presentations. Students encounter sustainability concepts in a variety of settings, including the classroom, on-line, professional interactions, team building, community events, service opportunities, domestic and international travel and research.

The Institute for Sustainable Practice programs cover a broad range of concepts and disciplines that enable a student to specialize in key focus areas of sustainability, regardless of their professional goals.  In this curriculum, scientific, economic, social, moral, ethical and spiritual considerations are integrated with environmental protection, business performance, public policy and decision making.

Students encounter these concepts in classroom, on-line, professional interaction, team building, community event, service opportunity, domestic/international travel, and research venues that prepare them to immediate fulfill the growing demand for professionals with knowledge of sustainability trends and practices.


To view all ISP degree plans, requirements and programs, view the Graduate Studies in Sustainable Practice catalog.

These programs provide:

  •  3-hour courses offered each month
  • ISP classes meet two weekends (Friday evening and Saturday) each month, with one evening orientation at the beginning of each course.
  • All books, materials and weekend meals are included in course fees.
  • All assignments, homework submissions, exams and grading are conducted electronically.
  • Multiple on-campus and local events with business and environmental leaders for networking opportunities.
  • Travel opportunities to notable sustainability destinations, conferences and cultural experiences (additional travel fees not included in tuition).
  • Opportunity to pursue professional certifications such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited certification and other approved options within graduate credit.

Certificate Program

The Certificate of Graduate Studies is comprised of five graduate courses (15 credit hours). The Certificate of Graduate Studies in Sustainability is designed for professionals who seek a short-term educational experience, with formal documentation, that broadens their knowledge of theories and best practices in the sustainability field. Whether you already have a master’s degree or have many years of professional experience, a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability can add value to what you offer employers and clients, and will position you within your chosen field as a leader in sustainability.

Master of Science in Sustainability Program

The Master of Science in Sustainability, consists of the five foundation graduate courses (15 credit hours) offered in the Certificate program and continue with graduate-level courses in technical specialties such as sustainable food systems, green building principles, sustainable site design, and renewable energy, as well as further studies in sustainable enterprise and opportunities for student designed courses and projects. The program requires 30 credit hours and may be completed in one year.

The Master of Science in Sustainability from Lipscomb University is designed for professionals who seek to develop or advance their career in a broad variety of business, management and advocacy professions, armed with important core knowledge of science, business and social trends within the sustainability field. Whether you are recent baccalaureate graduate, or have years of professional experience, a Master of Science in Sustainability can add unique value to what you offer employers and clients on their path to sustainability.

Dual Degree Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Sustainability Program

The Dual Degree program is designed for professionals who want both a comprehensive business school experience and more in depth training and education in sustainability principals. The program consists of 48 credit hours.

Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sustainability

The Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Sustainability (a Green MBA), is provided through Lipscomb University's College of Business. The Sustainability concentration is an option for students admitted to the MBA program and requires 9 hours of sustainability coursework. To attain the Certificate in Sustainability, in addition to the MBA degree, students must complete an additional 6 hours of ISP course work for a total of 15 ISP credit hours.