Program Overview

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers the Master of Science in Sustainability Studies for students and professionals in local government, sustainable business, and community programs. Students who are interested in developing knowledge necessary to fill the role of planner and developer of rules and regulations for improving community and environmental conditions through local government efforts may benefit from this program.
Students will explore factors that contribute to the success of communities, including civic involvement, demographic analysis, and programs for sustainable living. Students will also learn about protection of natural resources in development, including protection of land and water resources. Through this specialization, students will gain the skill necessary to develop and plan effective strategies for promoting growth and enrichment of the community in a way that has an ecologically sound basis. Students will study sustainability, livability, and practicality on the local government, regional government, and community levels and apply their knowledge toward guiding efforts to improve living conditions for communities.

Students will focus on developing an understanding of sustainable development in addition to sustainability studies involving protection and conservation of environmental and natural resources. Those classes include current issues in regional and local public policy, tools for sustainable community development, elements of sustainable and livable communities, and finance and budgeting for the public sector.

Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications for roles in government and environmental protection involving the development and research of sustainable systems. These qualifications include the ability to apply major theories and concepts associated with the development of U.S. public policy and public administration.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    School Overview

    Lenoir-Rhyne University is a four-year, private, liberal arts academy that is located in Hickory, North Carolina. The school was founded in 1891 by four Lutheran pastors. Lenoir-Rhyne University is associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Lenoir-Rhyne University offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. The school offers more than 60 different majors in a wide variety of career fields, and many master's degree programs are offered completely online.


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