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Program Overview

You believe in stewarding the Earth, so advance your knowledge with one of the top sustainability programs in the South. Learn the science of sustainability and help both businesses and people transform careless behaviors into mindful habits. Gain field experience to see how theories become tangible and how problems become solutions. Our expert faculty will guide you through green building and sustainable development. You'll learn about what makes sustainable earth systems successful.  From conflict management to change management, our project-based learning will sharpen your mindset. Let us put you on the path to make a difference in your own community.

As you study renewable earth systems, resource allocation and emerging technologies, you'll gain the knowledge to provoke societal change. No matter your academic or professional background, sustainability impacts your future. Businesses and organizations will value your insight on corporate responsibility, which will propel you to global leadership. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be equipped with a holistic approach that helps focus on the triple bottom line: people, profit and planet. Add regenerative energy to your community and the world.

Choose the Sustainability certificate, the Building Systems certificate or the Renewable Energy certificate to distinguish yourself in the field. Earn all three and you'll receive your master's degree in sustainability.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two recommendations
  • Resume
  • Interview with lead faculty
  • Minimum undergrad GPA is 2.5. If GPA is below a 2.5 a standardized test score or evidence of substantive professional experience is needed.

Courses cover urban resilience, building systems, global leadership; travel course option available.

Tuition & Aid

$899 per credit hour.



Credit Hours:

15 hours for a Sustainability Certificate


8 week format

I wanted to be able to complete a master's degree online, from home, and in my own time, but I still wanted the opportunity to come to campus to meet in-person if I felt like I needed it. Mary Riddle, MS in Sustainability Candidate, Memphis, TN

Why Lipscomb Online?


Both our deeply connected faculty and our experiential learning opportunities offer myriad ways for you to form relationships with leaders in your chosen industry. These connections will serve and support you throughout your career.


Study in a program where you don’t have to sacrifice academic quality in order to enjoy the flexibility of online school. A Lipscomb master’s degree is more than just letters after your name—it’s next-level innovation that will drive the success of your organization.


Each of our graduate degrees is specially designed to work with your busy schedule. Our online class model allows you the best of going to school as a full-time working professional, without having to put your life on hold.

Step into your future.