Sustainability is the key to giving today's businesses a competitive edge – financially, environmentally, and socially. Our Master of Science in Sustainable Management provides you with the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders within business, industry, and nonprofit organizations.

Parkside's Sustainable Management master's is an online program designed for working adults with real-world experience. It offers flexibility and value so you can balance academics with family, work, and other commitments.


12 courses. 34 credits. 100% online.

Provided in a convenient 100% online format, you can complete this degree during a time that is convenient for you. 

You will learn from faculty from across the UW System and graduate with a degree that is in-demand and that employers will respect. Some career options that you will be prepared for are:

  • Building energy consulting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and sales
  • Environmental insurance management
  • Local government and public policy
  • Renewable energy
  • Community development
  • Agriculture
  • Accounting
  • Landscape horticulture
  • Product development and improvement

UW-Parkside is your local connection to this degree program, where you can meet with faculty advisors and connect to the resources our campus provides. 

Program ineligible for international F-1/J-1 visa holders

Field Museum Sustainability Officer Deepens Expertise 

For Carter O’Brien, establishing himself in the sustainability world has been a winding journey dotted by moments of being in the right place at the right time with the right support. Along with his roles of sustainability officer at the Field Museum in Chicago, Carter is also enrolled in the online University of Wisconsin Master of Science in Sustainable Management program at UW-Parkside.

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The Master of Science in Sustainable Management is a graduate degree program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree. The admissions requirements are as follows:

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Resume
  • All undergraduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of personal intent


Submit letters of recommendation, statement of personal intent, and resume by email to:

NOTE: Transcripts may not be sent by the applicant; they must be sent directly from the institution.

Application Deadlines

  • For priority consideration, candidates should apply no later than two (2) weeks prior to the start of the semester they wish to begin.
  • Student can enter the Masters program in Sustainable Management in the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms.

If you have a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, you may apply directly to the program. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission but should speak with an adviser.

Interested students should complete an electronic application and submit official transcripts, a statement of up to 1,000 words, 2 letters of recommendation, and a resume.

Five University of Wisconsin System campuses – UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior – collaborate to offer this 14-course online sustainable management master's program. Faculty members have developed a cutting-edge curriculum, combined with input from industry leaders, to ensure the program's learning objectives are up to date and of value to future employers.

UW-Parkside is a member of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, a partnership that provides students with opportunities for water-related coursework, hands-on experiences, internships and research opportunities at campuses throughout the UW System. Learn more at


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Faculty Highlights

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    John Skalbeck
    Professor of Geosciences

    Dr. Skalbeck is a Professor of Geosciences and the Academic Director for the Master of Science in Sustainable Management program. He earned his B.A. in geology from Gustavus Adolphus College, M.S. in geology/geophysics from Western Washington University, and Ph.D. in hydrogeology from University of Nevada-Reno. Dr. Skalbeck spent over 10 years as a groundwater consultant specializing in soil and groundwater contamination and remediation. His current research includes modeling of gravity and magnetic data for hydrogeologic applications, wetlands characterization, and water quality of beaches.

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    Julie Kinzelman
    Associate Lecturer in the Center for Environmental Studies

    Dr. Julie Kinzelman joined the UW-Parkside faculty in 2007. She has a B.S. in Medical Technology from UW-Parkside, a Supervisory Management certificate and M.S. in Health (Clinical Laboratory Sciences) from UW-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology/Public Health from the University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom. In addition to teaching, she is the director of the City of Racine Public Health Department Laboratory (Racine, WI) where she conducts an active research program; working with local, state, and federal agencies to find applied science solutions to improve water quality, protect public health, create coastal resilience and restore natural habitat/utility. 

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