Sustainable Development and Climate Change Master’s Program Launched by Antioch University New England

Contact: Jan Fiderio at 603.283.2107

May 24, 2010 for Immediate Release

Sustainable Development and Climate Change Master’s Program Launched by Antioch University New England

New 20-month concentration trains leaders for a sustainable future


Summary: Antioch University New England’s innovative master’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change is a multi-disciplinary program that prepares students for diverse careers in the private and public sectors. Studies include ecological and climate sciences, policy formulation and implementation, resource management, stakeholder participation, and organizational decision making. The program is ideal for recent graduates and working professionals. Twenty-month completion, practical experience, and a hands-on internship are key program components. Classes meet once per week and three to five weekends per semester. Applications are now being accepted for start in the fall.

(Keene, NH) – Students can prepare for careers that will help ensure a sustainable future, with Antioch University New England’s master’s degree in environmental studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Climate Change (SDCC). The twenty-month, innovative multi-disciplinary program incorporates environmental and social sciences with organizational leadership, and integrates theory with practice. Ideal for recent graduates or working professionals, it prepares students for a wide range of careers in the private and public sectors including environmental regulation, environmental consulting, local and regional planning, and environmental nonprofit leadership.

“This unique program prepares graduate students to embrace complexity and use multidisciplinary approaches to address the food, energy security, and water security challenges of the twenty-first century,” said program director Michael Simpson. “The program emphasizes practical application opportunities while providing service to the community.”

Working in a collaborative environment, immersed in field studies and hands-on projects, students learn to operate in an environment of uncertainty and build skills in spatial and quantitative analysis, rapid environmental assessment, managing and leading innovative organizations, and building local stakeholder capacity to move towards more sustainable communities. Studies include both ecological and climate sciences; policy formulation, implementation and assessment; facilitative leadership and dispute resolution. In addition to developing proposal writing and project management skills, students gain systems thinking knowledge and practice, and build their communication expertise.

The five-term program allows students the flexibility to continue with professional and personal commitments. Courses are held one day per week and three to five weekends per semester. Applications are now being accepted for start in the fall.

About Antioch University New England’s Department of Environmental Studies
The Department of Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England was founded in 1971 and is one of the largest graduate environmental studies programs in the country. The department has a thirty-nine-year history of delivering visionary, progressive, and interdisciplinary programs. AUNE has conferred the environmental studies degree on more students than any other graduate school in the nation and produces some of the brightest scientists, managers, educators, and activists in the field.

About Antioch University New England (AUNE)
The Department of Environmental Studies at AUNE has a thirty-year history of delivering visionary, progressive, and interdisciplinary programs. This is Antioch University New England’s forty-sixth year as an institution of higher education. Located in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE offers rigorous, practice-oriented, values-based master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs to more than one thousand students. Degrees in education, leadership and management, environmental studies, and psychology reflect a dedication to activism, social justice, community service, and sustainability. Antioch University New England is the oldest and largest of Antioch University’s graduate campuses. For more information about Antioch University New England visit our web site at: www.antiochne.edu.

About Antioch University
Antioch University, a visionary academic community composed of five campuses in four states, is uniquely capable of bringing its students’ brightest ideals and highest ambitions to life. Each campus has its own distinct academic programs, community life, and regional or national identity. Antioch University is founded on principles of rigorous liberal arts education, innovative experiential learning and socially engaged citizenship. The multiple campuses of the University nurture in their students the knowledge, skills and habits of reflection to excel as lifelong learners, democratic leaders, and global citizens who live lives of meaning and purpose. For more information visit: www.antioch.edu.