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Master of Science in Sustainable Management

UW-PARKSIDE 2017-19 CATALOG

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College:
Natural and Health Sciences

Degree offered:
Master of Science

Program Overview

This program is a collaborative online Master of Science in Sustainable Management degree program offered jointly by UW-Green Bay, UW- Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, UW-Superior with administrative and financial support from UW-Extension. This online M.S. in Sustainable Management programs focuses primarily on adult and nontraditional students who hold an undergraduate degree and have the desire to continue their education to achieve a graduate degree.

Goals of the Program

Particular attention will be given to ensuring that students are well versed in business and science by teaching them about complex topics that require both perspectives. These topics include climate change, renewable resources, and industrial ecology. The program will ensure that students gain a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which changing human activities affect the inseparable natural, social, and economic environments. This knowledge will position UW graduates, many of whom will work for Wisconsin businesses and organizations, to gain a competitive advantage while preserving natural resources and strengthening communities.

Admission to the Master of Science in Sustainable Management

Students seeking admission to the M.S. in Sustainable Management program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university (in any discipline) and a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for a provisional admission. Please contact the Academic Director (skalbeck@uwp.edu) for more information.
  • A personal statement of not more than 1,000 words describing your reasons for pursuing a Master of Science in Sustainable Management, your short- and long-term career goals, and what value you would add to the learning experience of your fellow students. Space for the personal statement is included in the online application.
  • Your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

The GRE will not be required for admission to the program. Writing samples or recommendations may be requested and used toward an admissions decision if warranted. Students will apply and be admitted to one of the five partner institutions. The admissions determination will be made by a committee consisting of academic program directors from the five partner institutions. Once admitted, the student’s home institution will remain constant for the duration of the degree program. Admissions will occur on a rolling basis with new applicants able to start the program during each of the academic terms: fall, spring, and summer.

Requirements for the Master of Science in Sustainable Management (34 credits)

To graduate with a master of science in sustainable management students must satisfy all degree requirements for their home institutions.

  1. Required Core Courses (24 credits)
    SMGT 700 Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability 3 cr
    SMGT 710  The Natural Environment 3 cr
    SMGT 720 Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line 3 cr
    SMGT 730 Policy, Law, and the Ethics of Sustainability 3 cr
    SMGT 740 Economics of Sustainability 3 cr
    SMGT 750 The Built Environment 3 cr
    SMGT 760 Geopolitical Systems-Decision Making for Sustainability on the Local, State, and National Level 3 cr
    SMGT 770 Leading Sustainable Organizations 3 cr
  2. Specialty Track Courses (6 credits)
    Choose two courses:  
    SMGT 780 Corporate and Social Responsibility 3 cr
    SMGT 782 Supply Chain Management 3 cr
    SMGT 784 Sustainable Water Management 3 cr
    SMGT 785 Waste Management and Resource Recovery 3 cr
  3. Required Capstone Experience Courses (4 credits)
    SMGT 790 Capstone Preparation Course 1 cr
    SMGT 792 Capstone Project 3 cr

Courses in Sustainable Management (SMGT)

700 Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
The changing relationships of humans to the natural environment; changes in dominant scientific perspectives and the process of scientific debate. The quest for understanding, manipulating, and dominating the natural world. Cultural and organizational structures; the role and impact of technology; the systems approach to problem solving and its implications for the future.

     
710 The Natural Environment 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Natural cycles, climate, water, energy, biosystems, ecosystems, the role of humans in the biosphere; human impacts on natural systems.  The carbon cycle as a unifying theme.  Specific topics to be studied include: disturbance pollution and toxicity, carrying capacity, and natural capital. Use of case studies.

     
720 Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Document and project internal and external costs resulting from the inseparability of the natural, social, and economic environments. Assess sustainability issues using basic modeling techniques; cause and effect, root cause analysis, regression analysis, and business scenario–based cases.

     
730 Policy, Law, and the Ethics of Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
The law and ethics regarding sustainability of economic development and emerging environmental challenges at national and international levels; including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), carbon footprints, Kyoto Protocol, and Brundtland Commission. The policy and role of government and its agencies such as the Army Corps of Engineers and Department of Interior, in building a more just, prosperous, and secure environmental common future.

     
740 Economics of Sustainability 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Understand the economy as a component of the ecosystem within which it resides, with natural capital added to the typical analysis of human, social, built, and financial capital.   Explore traditional micro, macro, and international trade theory and policy and the implications of sustainability. Topics include: history of economic systems and thought; globalization and localization; distinguishing between growth and development; the nature and causes of market failure; consumption, consumerism, and human well-being; emerging markets; technological change; business organization and financial market alternatives; demographic change; and the global food economy.

     
750 The Built Environment 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Explore how the built environment came to be and the intersection of human needs:  water, air, food, water, waste, transportation, healthcare and education.  Evaluate community design: what does a sustainable community look like? Study related technologies and evaluate alternatives, discuss unintended consequences.   Course will include case studies.

     
760 Geopolitical Systems-Decision Making for Sustainability on the Local, State, and National Level 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
An examination of decision making and public policy for sustainability at the national, state, and local level, with emphasis on the social, economic, political factors affecting decisions within both the public and private sectors. Attention is given to formal American policymaking processes, informal grassroots activities and consensus building, public engagement with sustainability decisions, corporate sustainability actions and reporting, the promise of public-private partnerships and collaborative decision making, and practical examples of how decision making fosters effective transitions to sustainability goals at all levels.

     
770 Leading Sustainable Organizations 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
A macro-level perspective on  leading  sustainable  organizations. Topics addressed include: organizational change and transformation processes, strategic and creative thinking, organizational structures and their impacts, conflict management and negotiation, stakeholder management and situational leadership styles and behaviors. Focuses on how organizational leaders develop and enable sustainable organizations, especially in times of environmental change.

     
780 Corporate and Social Responsibility 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Corporate social responsibility and an organization.  Evaluation of risks and potential impacts in decision making recognizing the links between the success of an organization and the well-being of a community. Integrating corporate social responsibility throughout an organization, creating  metrics  and  communicating  CSR  policies  internally  and externally.  Development of best practices in an organization pertaining to corporate social responsibility.

     
782 Supply Chain Management 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Planning, organizing and controlling the organization’s supply chain is examined in context of the triple bottom line.   Total cost analyses or product and process life cycles are considered in the context of strategy and  operations.    Topics  include:    sourcing,  operations,  distribution, reverse logistics and service supply chains.   Process measurements and  the  impact  on  organizational  performance  in  the  context  of footprints (e.g. carbon, water, pollution).   Discussion of existing and potential software systems.

     
784 Sustainable Water Management 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
This course addresses practical applications of sustainability in aquatic environments. Topics covered include water and health, water quality and quantity, governance, assessing the aquatic environment, water treatment technologies, environmental mitigation, and impacts of climate change. Emphasis will be on selected areas of interest from the perspective of public health, engineering, and municipal conservation management.

     
785 Waste Management and Resource Recovery 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Topics include the generation, processing, management and disposal of municipal, industrial and agricultural waste with an emphasis on the technical, economic and environmental aspects of various recovery processes.  Additional topics will include producer responsibility, design for environment and life cycle analysis.

     
790 Capstone Preparation Course 1 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Research, data analysis, scholarly inquiry resulting in project proposal.

     
792 Capstone Project 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Completion of approved project utilizing concepts from coursework.

     
795 Special Topics in Sustainable Management 3 cr
 

Prereq: Consent of program adviser. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Various specialized areas in sustainable management will be examined. May be repeated for credit with different topic

     

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