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Program Overview

Respond to a changing planet by leading initiatives to implement sustainable practices. Learn the science of sustainability and help both businesses and people transform careless behaviors into mindful habits. Explore the broader field of sustainability, choose a concentration or customize your own emphasis.

Study under academically credentialed and real-world sustainability practitioners. Gain field experience to see how theories become tangible and how problems become solutions. Grow and network with your cohort to eventually participate in a growing discipline that impacts every sector.

Hone in on almost anything—from the move toward green schools to alternative food systems to renewable energy in construction, sustainability is transdisciplinary and diversely relevant. No matter your academic or professional background, sustainability impacts your future. 

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. 

Admissions Requirements

Candidates pursuing the dual degree must meet admission requirements for both the sustainability program and the MBA program. 


Foundational Core Course Requirements

  • SU 6003    Sustainable Earth Systems (planet)

  • ICM 5003  Survey of Conflict Management (people)

  • SU 6023    Sustainable Enterprise (profit)

  • SU 6043    Capstone Project in Sustainability (application class)

Advanced Core Course Requirements

  • SU 6063  Sustainable Enterprise II (profit)

  • SU 6073  Applied Earth Systems and Biomimicry (planet)

  • SU 6153  Zero Management (people)

Elective Specialization Course Options

  • SU 6033 Special Topics in Sustainability

  • SU 6083  Professional Experience and Study in Sustainability

  • SU 6103  Creation Care and Spiritual Formation

  • SU 6123  Introduction to Green Building Design, Construction & Operation

  • SU 6133  Renewable Energy Options and Design Applications

  • SU 6143  Sustainable Food Practice

Research/Professional Application Course Requirements

  • SU 609V  Sustainability Travel

  • SU 6043  Capstone Project in Sustainability (application class)

Tuition & Aid

Tuition per credit hour: $963

Tuition to audit: 50% of tuition

Application fee: $50

Application for Graduation: $195

Returned payment fee: $30

TouchNet payment plan enrollment fee (per semester): $60

Withdrawal fee: $195


Master of Science

Credit Hours:

15, 30, 48


In-person, online or hybrid

Lipscomb’s online program is extremely user-friendly, and I had excellent communication with all of my instructors. Beverly Richardson, dental hygienist

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.