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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.

Global Sustainability Science – the programme

  • Content
  • 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 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


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 
     Tuesday 2 - 4 pm and Thursday 4 - 6 pm

Information Office

Building 8, Ground Level
Fon +49.413.677-2277

Opening Hours
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Fr 9 am - 12 noon

Student Counselling

Graduate School

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Thursday, 4 – 6 pm
Building 14, Room 026

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