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Combined Environmental Science/Studies (BS/BA) + Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MSSM)


The combined degree provides environmental science/studies students with advanced knowledge of business systems and practices, focusing on environmental sustainability, to create leaders for business, government and civic organizations. For more information on the full Master of Science in Sustainable Management curriculum, go to MSSM degree requirements found within the graduate programs section of the University Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Current DePaul Environmental Science or Studies majors who meet the following criteria may apply to this program:

  • Junior standing or higher (at least 88.0 credits)
  • A minimum cumulative DePaul grade point average of 3.300

Admission to the combined program does not require the GMAT, essays, or letters of recommendation. 

Classes During Senior Year

If accepted into the combined program, students will take three graduate classes during the senior year. These three graduate classes at 12 quarter hours will count toward the bachelor’s degree - as indicated below - and toward the master's degree.

Students must apply for degree conferral in order to be eligible to graduate with either the BA in Environmental Studies or the BS in Environmental Science before matriculating into the MSSM program.Students are limited to applying a maximum of three graduate courses as 12 quarter hours toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Students should note that expectations for graduate classes are typically more rigorous than for undergraduate classes. Students can choose from the following list of core MSSM courses; other options available upon consultation with the MSSM advisor.

Course Title Quarter Hours

Final Quarter of Senior Year 

During the final quarter of the bachelor’s degree, students must petition for formal admission into the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. The admission criteria are as follows:

  • Completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies or Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
  • A minimum cumulative DePaul grade point average of 3.300
  • A minimum grade point average for graduate courses of 3.000.  
  • Student must apply for undergraduate degree conferral of their Environmental Science or Studies program in anticipation of completing their fourth year of study.

After Senior Year 

After completion of the undergraduate degree including the three graduate courses, students take nine additional graduate classes to complete the graduate degree, for a total of twelve graduate classes. Information on the MSSM degree can be found in the graduate program degree requirements section of the University Catalog.

For an application to the combined program (at the end of your junior year) or to learn more about it, please contact the chair of the Environmental Science and Studies department.

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