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Graduate Academic Degree Programs

Master's in Geoscience

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jason Polk, jason.polk@wku.edu, (270) 745-5015

The graduate program in Geoscience provides advanced professional training for careers as hydrologists, environmental resource managers, city and regional planners, engineering geologists, geophysical and geochemical geologists, meteorologists and climatologists, earth science teachers, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, consultants in business and industry, and professional educators. The program also provides a scientific foundation for graduate students who plan to continue advanced studies leading to the Ph.D. 


Master's in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities

Program Coordinator: Jane Olmsted, jane.olmsted@wku.edu, (270) 745-5787

The master's in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities is an interdisciplinary program of study that provides students with the tools to lead communities toward social justice and sustainability. It is designed especially for students inclined toward the humanities, social sciences, and related fields. Students take a core set of courses that provide interdisciplinary grounding in social justice and sustainability, economic and policy issues, leadership issues, community-building, and community-based research. Students may focus their elective courses on environmental sustainability, social justice (broadly understood), gender & women’s studies, or community studies, depending on their interests and availability of courses, and in consultation with their adviser. Students will cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to be economic, political, and social change agents for more just and sustainable communities. Students in the SRSC master’s program learn skills in community based research that help them to understand the challenges and interconnections of social justice and sustainability and to identify possible solutions.  The master’s program culminates with a week-long residency where students explore a community in Kentucky and then share their scholarly and activist learning with peers and faculty in a conference style symposium.


Global Pathways to Sustainability Certificate

Program Coordinator: Jane Olmsted, jane.olmsted@wku.edu, (270) 745-5787

The Global Pathways to Sustainability graduate certificate prepares professionals working in organizations and institutions to understand the complex environmental and social problems and apply community-based solutions. The certificate offers a multidisciplinary study of the environmental, social, and policy dimensions of sustainability. Students will gain an understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability and will participate in community-based projects. The program consists of 15 hours, including two core courses, SUST 512 and SUST 514, and three electives drawn from three categories: social and human impact; environmental health and education; and policy and practice. Courses may be taken in any order, but students are encouraged to take the two core courses early in the certificate program.


Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability

Program Coordinator: Dr. Bob Hatfield, bob.hatfield@wku.edu, (270)-745-6581 

The graduate certificate in Business Sustainability provides an educational framework of sustainable business opportunity to equip current and future business leaders. You can choose sustainable business as an emphasis area along with your Master's in Business Administration or take it as a stand-alone program. The program is available in a convenient online format featuring bi-term courses of approximately 7 weeks. 

Skill sets you will gain include the following:

  • Fluency in current major legal, governmental, and business standards related to sustainability
  • Ability to identify opportunities for sustainable actions and policies throughout the value chain
  • Proficiency with quantitative operations models and techniques to analyze and evaluate the viability of sustainable opportunities throughout the product life-cycle
  • Social Entrepreneurship acumen
  • Understanding of the major voluntary codes and best practices about sustainability which impact business. As well as how the activities and reports relating to sustainability fit into the broader policy arena of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
  • Providing oversight for sustainability initiatives in your organization
  • Experience in evaluating and creating effective sustainability marketing strategies



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 Last Modified 7/22/19