Global Sustainability Science

Masters Programme

***Update: The Master's programme Global Sustainability Science is currently being revised. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to register for the winter semester 2021/22. Further information will follow here as soon as the update of the programme has been completed.***

Sustainable development is one of the major global challenges facing the twenty-first century - this much is beyond dispute. Yet, it still remains unclear in which direction, within which social and ecological framework, and by means of which strategy sustainable development can move forward. These questions form the starting point of our international, inter- and transdisciplinary research-oriented, and sustainability-problem-focused Masters Programme in Global Sustainability Science.

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Global Sustainability Science – the programme

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  • Programme Structure
  • Programme Structure - Overview
  • Programme Director Leuphana
  • Programme Director ASU

Global Sustainability Science – the programme

The two-year dual de­gree stu­dy pro­gram­me has been joint­ly de­ve­l­o­ped by Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty in Pho­enix/​USA and Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg. The Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence pro­vi­des an aca­de­mi­cal­ly well ba­lan­ced edu­ca­ti­on in en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty re­se­arch on the Mas­ter le­vel. The goal is to pro­vi­de the theo­re­ti­cal, me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal, or­ga­niza­t­io­nal, and com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ve skills that are ne­cessa­ry to de­ve­lop, rea­li­ze, and re­flect on one’s own di­sci­pli­na­ry and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch work and pro­jects in the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces.

The pro­gram­me aims at stu­dents com­mit­ted to en­ga­ge in the wide ne­xus of sustaina­bi­li­ty. By fo­cu­sing on nor­ma­ti­ve as well as trans­for­ma­ti­ve as­pects of sustaina­bi­li­ty, the stu­dy pro­gram­me links the cur­rent sta­te of the art of re­se­arch with prac­tical im­ple­men­ta­ti­on of sustaina­bi­li­ty. Roo­ted in a wide ar­ray of di­sci­pli­nes and ai­ming at their joint fo­cus on the "gre­at trans­for­ma­ti­on", stu­dents are edu­ca­ted to fos­ter and fa­ci­li­ta­te sustainable de­ve­lop­ment in all its re­le­vant as­pects. Ty­pi­cal fiel­ds for fu­ture jobs in­clu­de sustaina­bi­li­ty as­sess­ments and fur­ther de­ve­lop­ment of im­ple­men­ting trans­for­ma­ti­on across sca­les, in­clu­ding go­vern­men­tal, so­ci­al, eco­no­mi­cal and eco­lo­gi­cal as­pects.

Due to the in­ter­na­tio­na­li­ty of the dou­ble-de­gree Mas­ters Pro­gram­me, the stu­dents ac­qui­re ex­ten­si­ve in­ter­cul­tu­ral, col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve, and lan­gua­ge skills in ad­di­ti­on to their pro­fes­sio­nal trai­ning, in par­ti­cu­lar through the in­te­gra­ted one-se­mes­ter stu­dy pe­ri­od at Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty. Sin­ce the­se skills are in­cre­a­sin­gly re­co­gni­zed and re­qui­red of the next ge­ne­ra­ti­on of sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­tists, in both re­se­arch and ap­p­lied fiel­ds, stu­dents of the Mas­ters Pro­gram­me in Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence will be well pre­pa­red to en­ter their field.

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­ti­on of the pro­gram­me, stu­dents will be awar­ded a Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.) in Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty Sci­ence from Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg and a Mas­ter of Sci­ence (M.Sc.) from Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty.

Programme Structure

The first semester takes place at the students' respective home university - either the Leuphana University of Lüneburg or the Arizona State University. Here they will take similar basic courses in the main topics and begin their collaboration with virtual classes, first transnational team assignments, and shared preparation for the intercultural research (research project 1).

The second semester takes place at Leuphana University in Lueneburg. There, all students take advanced courses in sustainability science , develop their research project in teams , and deepen their studies with electives.

The third semester takes place at Arizona State University, where students pursue advanced courses in sustainability science, conduct their research projects, and further deepen their chosen emphasis through electives.

The fourth semester takes place at the students' respecitve home university - either Leuphana University of Lüneburg or Arizona State University, where they will complete the research projects, and document them in a scientific paper. This publication is supported by the course Scientific Paper at ASU, and by the Master Forum at Leuphana. Teamwork will continue in virtual work environments, and the exchange through the "virtual classroom" provides a space to complete the study programme together.

Programme Director Leuphana

  • Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang
  • Prof. Dr. Henrik von Wehrden

Programme Director ASU

Arizona State University
Rob Melnick
Director, International Programs, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures
Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
PO Box 875402
Tempe, AZ 85287-5402
Fon 1.480-965-5233


Career Prospects & Perspectives

Alumni Careers

Students will be prepared both for an employment in internationally operating institutions and organizations and for a scientific career. Depending on their individual academic profile, graduates will have a wide range of career options in sustainability-focused research, particularly in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research contexts. They will also have access to leading positions in business and consulting, public administration, national and international third sector organizations as well as political advising.

Due to the internationality of the programme and the educational focus on intercultural aspects of sustainability challenges and collaboration in solving them, alumni of this study programme will find new job opportunities in addition to already established fields.

At a glance

Degrees awarded: Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree from Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Arizona State University
Extent: 120 ECTS
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: English
Location: Lüneburg and Phoenix/Arizona


First contact point

Con­sult the Information Office in or­der to gain fur­ther in­for­ma­ti­on

  •  on the pro­ce­du­re of ap­p­li­ca­ti­on
  •  on the stu­dy pro­gram­mes at the Leuphana University
  •  or to make an ap­point­ment of student counselling in the Graduate School aside the open consultation hours 
    Di 14 - 16 and Do 16 - 18 

Information Office

Building 8, Ground Level
Fon +49.413.677-2277

Opening Hours
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Fr 9am - 12 midday

Student Counselling

Graduate School

Tuesday, 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Thursday, 4.00 – 6.00 pm
Building 14, Room 026

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