Master of Arts Program in Natural Sciences

Best 50 Masters of Arts in Natural Sciences 2017

Natural Sciences

An MA is a master’s degree awarded to students that have completed a program studying humanities or fine arts subjects such as history, communications, philosophy, theology or English. A Master of Arts degree typically requires coursework, research and written examinations.

Master of Arts (MA) in Natural Sciences

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Environmental Law and Justice MA

Middlesex University London
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  October 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

The devastation of the environment and ecosystems is of increasing concern across the world. In addition to the impact of climate change and reduced biodiversity, both legal and illegal economic activity is a challenge to legal frameworks and agencies at national and international levels of governance. [+]

Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences. This master's degree has been designed to tackle these issues and equip students with high-level knowledge and skills to enable them to develop professional careers in the environmental sector. Successful completion of the course will ensure you have the required practical skills and knowledge applicable to careers in environmental policy and enforcement, with an emphasis on employability and engagement with contemporary environmental debates. Course highlights - Learn from experts in the field of environmental law justice - You may be eligible for related internship and work-based learning opportunities, including the Practicum in International Organisations, which gives you the chance to intern at institutions such as the United Nations, Global Union Federations and NGOs. - Gain practical experience on an Erasmus-funded internship. [-]

M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Campus Full time July 2017 India Bangalore

Access to land is a key determinant for livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly from land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates. These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labour, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency. [+]

M.A. in Land & Livelihood Studies Access to land is a key determinant for livelihood security, and it is becoming highly contested in rural and urban areas. Increasingly, livelihoods based directly from land are becoming precarious; and land for the basic necessity of housing is also becoming unaffordable. In the last two decades we have witnessed changes in the pattern of investments and the nature of industrialization, growth of the service sector, rapid urbanization, agrarian distress, and rather polarized environmental debates. These changes have added a new dimension to the set of relationships that have previously determined ownership of land, work based on land including labour, the environmental quality of land, and food security. The increasing commodification of land is contributing to widening inequalities in rural and urban communities. Moreover “livelihoods” are also being fetishized in many State and non-State interventions, where people are viewed only as beneficiaries, and not as real actors with their own sense of agency. Given that the overarching economic processes are mediating access to land and livelihoods in many different ways today, it has become imperative to study the issues of land and livelihood in a trans-disciplinary manner, and reorient the way in which we approach questions about who gains access and who controls access to land and how, and the changing meaning, value, and nature of land and land based livelihoods. We imagine that design thinking when integrated with theoretical engagement and context-specific fieldwork will nurture a new generation of thinkers and makers to innovate interventions, critique existing policies, design archives and interfaces that can constructively address the land and livelihood needs of a democratic society. Disciplines The M.A. in Land and Livelihood Studies will draw from various disciplines and provide a vibrant platform for students to engage with the above-mentioned issues in a design environment. Aesthetics and Critical Studies Anthropology Critical Geography Political Science History Cultural Studies Ecology and Environment Policy Studies & Environmental Law Urban Studies & Design Research - Art & Design Research and Collaboration Srishti Films Design+Environment+Law Laboratory (DEL Laboratory) Bangalore Human Sciences Initiatives (BHSI) UNESCO Chair at Srishti Center for Public History (CPH) The Kabir Project Art in Transit designEARTH lab IMPACT EDGE Grass Roots Innovation Design Studio (GRIDS) Key Values: We believe the following values form the basis for an approach that will equip a new generation of practitioners with a sensitive disposition to rethink the contentious issues surrounding land and livelihoods in our country, in order to design interventions that will provide diverse groups of people with a sense of agency: Reflexivity: As interventionists who seek to grapple with land and livelihood issues in our society we believe it is of utmost importance to cultivate a disposition of reflexivity – we too are part of the “problem” and we can never take ourselves out of the equation. Endurance: Patience and endurance are key to staying with a problem, and gradually deepending understandings. Oftentimes understanding complex social issues happens only over time and in layers. Adaptability: To be creative and design interventions that are equitable and timeless, we should be able to sensitively question received categories, navigate the messiness of the world outside and within ourselves, and change our views and positions. Sustainability: To develop practices, methods, approaches, and platforms that are enduring and integrate the values of equity, respect, and justice, to include humans, environment, flora, and fauna. Course Structure Studios: provide intense learning experiences and enable discourse through making and thinking. It will be a core practice space where students will draw from their learning and critical thought from individual M.A. seminar-studios here for a more enriched understanding and experience. It is envisioned as a space for experimenting, synthesizing knowledge and practices through immersive engagement, intuition, contextual learning, design processes and creative methodologies. Seminar-Studios - To fully explore different learning potentials offered by the humanities and design, this school offers Seminar-Studio as a core learning and investigating space, where text-based scholarship and research practices will be mobilized and reoriented toward an active and experiental engagement with contemporary concerns. Workshops provide a platform for debate and emergence, through a dialogue between material making and critical thinking. This 2-week engagement in each semester allows students to formulate independent responses to ideas and processes, material and immaterial. Summer Practice (Practice), with an organization, a center or a lab at Srishti or a self-initiated project, is an integral part of learning, and demonstrating students' abilities to integrate and synthesize in a field, context or environment. Students will engage in a practice during the summer after their first year of the M.A. that will lead to developing their focus area for capstone or dissertation. 'Interlude' (Practice) - This is a space in which the student will persue a practical engagement related to their field of study that is creative, reflective and extensive. Students will work collaboratively to conceptualize an experiment, symposium or exhibition, and public engagement or demonstration. The work done in the studios may be extended into this mode or may intersect with Interim Semester (odd semsters only) Seminar is a space for investigating a particular idea, topic, praxis, etc. by discussion and /or dialogue, and may also involve crits, pin-ups, presentations, etc. of either works-in-progress or completed works for feedback. Dissertation or Capstone Project in the final semester is the synthesis and demonstration of capabilities to see the world in new ways, and study human cultures through its creative practices. Learning Approach: Program learning components include: A trans-disciplinary approach to master the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the history of institutional arrangements (i.e. forms of ownership and access) and management of land resources, and questions and approaches of livelihood security. Field based immersion to complement the theoretical approaches and provide students an in-depth understanding of diverse, dynamic, and complex realities on the ground Studio based learning and making to explore theories, policies, and problems through shared reflections, innovative problem solving, and making, in an open, mutually respectful art & design learning space. Opportunity to cross-register for electives in other related M. Des, M. Cr A. and M.A. programs, in order to enhance one's learning experiences and widen one's professional applicability to include a design approach. Capability Sets: On successful completion of the course, graduates will have the following capabilities: Researcher/ Scholar Engage and practice critical inquiry that looks at the relationship between land and livelihood, contextualize research, integrate theories, and develop original methods and disseminate findings through innovative scholarly formats. Provide new ways of looking at old problems and thereby inform ground -based practices in development agencies and private firms that engage with land and livelihood issues. Campaigner/ Activist / Critique in a variety of media (text, internet, radio, television, film, theatre, street theatre) Deconstruct existing policies, and understand its long-term impact on communities. Advocate communication and outreach to influence policies and public engagement. Mobilize and develop relationships with diverse stakeholders through grassroots-level intervention and fieldwork. Sustainability Designer Create a platform that integrates critical thinking, art and design to provide novel solutions to problems of environmental degradation and livelihood insecurity. Design policy; evaluate its impact for long-term sustainability. Curator/ Archivist Archive lost practices, methods, and ways of lives, languages, and cultural nuances of communities. Curate artifacts, experiences, and memories of communities affected by environment, migration, and livelihood insecurity; and present information through innovative story-telling platforms. Opportunities Graduates with the above capability sets have opportunities such as: Employment in research and development organizations, policy-related think tanks, non-profits, corporate social responsibility, social enterprises, and art, craft and design firms and organizations. Practitioners in innovative and participatory platforms that identify community practices and methods to be adopted into social enterprises that empower marginalized communities and enable financial security within a sustainable environment. Independent design practitioners, consultants that advise on livelihood issues. Critical thinkers and practitioners in academia and policy design. Enquiries For further information, kindly email Muthatha Ramanathan at muthatha@srishti.ac.in [-]

MA in Ocean Governance

University of Malta
Campus Full time October 2017 Malta Valletta

This Master’s degree programme on Ocean Governance</strong> being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. [+]

Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences. Ocean Governance is a topic of increasing significance and concern in the 21st century. The 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention and other International law instruments are useful tools that safeguard the rule of International Maritime law. Notwithstanding their valuable contribution emerging international concerns, essentially based on the escalating crisis of unsustainability, instigate an urgent need to explore new trans-disciplinary approaches on ocean governance,. Evidently, a more comprehensive, legal framework is required to improve the manner in which States and their nationals maintain the rule of law in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction and in regulating anthropogenic activities affecting the ocean and its resources. Emerging issues and threats, such as global maritime security, the sustainable use of the oceans and their resources, as well as linkages between natural sciences, socio-economic requirements and the law, necessitate a multidisciplinary approach for promoting learning and research on ocean governance. This Master’s degree programme on Ocean Governance being offered by the University of Malta in collaboration with the International Ocean Institute is unique in its approach – it aims to forge a knowledge base that is essentially legal but which also delves into the natural and social sciences to determine how an effective regulatory framework should operate. The Master’s in Ocean Governance serves to further enhance the development of learning and research in the field of marine resource management and maritime security from a multidisciplinary perspective. In this era of globalization and sectoral integration, capacity building in the regulation of ocean governance plays a pivotal role in ensuring safe and healthy oceans for the benefit of humankind and the planet. http://www.um.edu.mt/icp/ocean-governance [-]

MA in Philosophy and Science

Radboud University
Campus Full time September 2017 Netherlands Nijmegen

This Master's specialisation will give you a better understanding of the evolution, the current status and the implications of the scientific worldview. Professionally, it prepares you for several possible avenues, including science administration, research, journalism, and policy-making. [+]

Philosophy and science don't mix. Or do they? What we nowadays call "science" used to be part of "philosophy." It is not without reason that Isaac Newton called his physical masterpiece "The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy." And today, the two are still closely connected. Our current worldview is strongly shaped by scientific thought. We look to science for both answers to our theoretical questions and solutions to our practical problems. The Master's programme in Philosophy and Science analyses the relation of philosophy and science in terms of their historical development, as well as the current situation. How did the scientific worldview come about? What are its ingredients? What models for the relationship between philosophical and scientific thinking have been proposed? Focussing on the historical and systematic relationship between philosophy and science is unique in the Netherlands. The Philosophy faculty does not just have close ties with scientists and professors at the other faculties on campus; philosophy as a subject is an integral part of all the faculties at Radboud University. This makes it easier for our students to combine Philosophy with any discipline when working on their thesis. Teaching takes place in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups. The seminars specifically train skills such as critical reading, analytical thinking, policy writing and debating. This Master's specialisation is run by the Center for the History of Philosophy and Science (CHSP), the only centre in the world that studies philosophy and science as historically intertwined phenomena. This Master's specialisation is aimed at career prospects in, as well outside of, research. More about the discipline of Philosophy and Science The first reason for combining philosophy and science in a single Master's specialisation is historical: What we nowadays call "science" used to be part of "philosophy." Both Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin saw their most famous works as treatises in natural philosophy. However, as a consequence of the Scientific Revolution, the various natural and social sciences have ever more strongly emancipated themselves from philosophy. The distinction between "philosophy" and "science" is therefore the result of recent development. Philosophy has reacted to this development in a number of interesting ways. Since about 1900, there have been schools of thought that separated philosophy and the sciences thoroughly, by pitting philosophical truth against scientific instrumentality. However, there have also been attempts to attune philosophy entirely to the demands of the sciences. The second reason for combining these two human activities in one a programme is systematic in nature and has to do with our present condition. Our current worldview is strongly shaped by scientific thought. We look to science both for answers to our theoretical questions and for solutions to our practical problems. Over the past centuries, the Western world has become defined by scientific thought and practice. Today, we live in a ‘knowledge society', our everyday explanations are permeated by scientific jargon, and we seek the solutions to all sorts of problems in the realm of science and technology. Moreover, we seek to secure the future of our national wealth in innovation, which in turn we try to stimulate by means of scientific research policies aimed at strengthening research and development. Paradoxically, scientific research also furnishes indications of the limits and detrimental effects of our dominant growth models while at the same time indicating ways out of the impasse. During this one-year Master's specialisation, you can learn more about topics such as: Concepts of space and time from Aristotle to Einstein. The origin and development of a discipline dealing with mind, soul and body (i.e. psychology). The evolution and the mind and the implications of Darwin's evolutionary theory for our mental categories. The tasks of philosophy and whether it offers rationality, wisdom or happiness. The philosophical critique of science, including authors such as Husserl, Heidegger, Adorno, Habermas, Foucault and Lyotard. The scientific worldview and its future. Admission requirements ... [-]

MA Art & Design with pathways

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Cardiff

The MA in Art and Design programme as a whole is designed for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Art and Design. [+]

Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences. The MA in Art and Design programme as a whole is designed for students who wish to develop their academic and research knowledge from within the practical disciplines and wider academic fields of Art and Design. In the MA you will submit a written dissertation, and, if wished, a practical piece of work. You choose the balance between these theoretical and practical interests. Typically students might include teachers, aspiring artists, aspiring academics, or recent graduates in Art and/or Design who wish to further their professional practice. The MA encourages you to develop your practice in a critical yet supportive environment. Our aim is to enable you to sustain your practice and to succeed at the highest level. In order to help to work towards this, you will be allocated a personal tutor and subject-specialist member of academic staff. However you will also have access to and guidance from other specialists in each area. We offer our MA in a number of specialist pathways. Specialist Pathways - Art and Science The Art and Science pathway is part of our MA Art and Design programme. It is intended for art and design graduates who wish to develop their practice in a dialogue with scientific enquiry, and for science graduates who wish to explore how art and design theory and practice can inform the visual and aesthetic dimensions of science. It is also intended for graduates from any background who wish to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the nature of interdisciplinarity. Most importantly, it is designed for graduates who want to wrestle with the practical and philosophical issues which arise when subjects collide, and arrive at an understanding of what it means to fall in between. - Death and Visual Culture This postgraduate programme will analyse representations of death and dying through an investigation of theoretical concepts and debates applied to all aspects of visual culture, including fine art, film, fashion, material culture, photography, television and gaming. Students will be encouraged to analyse case studies in relation to sociological, psychoanalytic and philosophical theoretical disciplines on death. - Ecologies The Ecologies pathway is part of our MA Art and Design programme. It is intended for art and design graduates who wish to develop the ecological dimension of their practice, and for humanities or science graduates who are interested in how ecology, aesthetic experience, and visual practice can challenge and expand one another. It is a research-preparation Masters programme which can be taken either as a theory–practice or a purely theoretical route. - Philosophy The Philosophy pathway is part of our MA Art and Design programme. It is intended for art and design graduates who wish to explore philosophical themes arising from their work, or to develop their practice in response to philosophical ideas and questions. It is also designed for humanities or science graduates who are interested in how thought is affected when it has to confront the demands of aesthetic experience and art and design practice. Most especially, it is intended for graduates who want to confront the tensions between visual theory and practice, and to work through the demands which thinking and aesthetic experience make on each other. The course is a research-preparation programme which can be taken either as a theory–practice or a purely theoretical route. Some familiarity with philosophy is desirable but not essential. [-]

MA in Geography

Binghamton University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Binghamton

The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large. [+]

MA in Geography The Department of Geography at Binghamton University offers a Master of Arts (MA) in geography. We seek to foster and advance teaching, research and publication in the discipline of geography as well as train students to provide their expertise to the community at large. Students can pursue one of five tracks: General geography Cartography and geographical information systems (GIS) Environmental and resource management Urban planning and applied geography Race and ethnicity A bachelor's degree in geography is not required for admission to the graduate program, but students without a geography background may be required to take additional courses for completion of the MA. An interdisciplinary graduate certificate in watershed studies and management is available, as well as an accelerated BA + MA track. Degrees Offered MA in Geography Professional Development Students are trained to pursue a doctoral degree and enter careers in the industry. The program offers theoretical foundation and computer applications in: Resource management and sustainability Water resources Flooding and watershed impacts Environmental hazard assessment Race and ethnicity Population health GIS Urban and retail planning The curriculum is diverse and highly flexible. Students are encouraged to pursue interdisciplinary studies for a broadened academic perspective, as well as additional practical training in areas such as conservation, environmental management, economic development and international studies. After You Graduate Many graduates of the program continue to work toward a PhD, while others enter industry. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in regional or urban planning with government agencies or private industries. Admissions Requirements To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements. To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website. Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee Résumé or curriculum vitae Two letters of recommendation Official GRE scores International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website. International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores) This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements. Class Profile Total Enrollment: 33 International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 50% Deadlines Fall: January 15 (Funding) / May 15 Spring: October 15 (Funding) / January 15 [-]

MA Programme in Maritime Civilizations

University of Haifa, International School
Campus Full time October 2017 Israel Haifa

The program aims to provide the foundation for students interested in advanced knowledge of the marine environment and in human interactions with the Mediterranean Sea in which theory and hands-on scientific experience meet. [+]

The International MA Program in Maritime Civilizations offered by the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa offers students an exceptional opportunity to explore the history, archeology, and fabric of maritime societies, as well as the natural environment in which they developed and currently exist. Special emphasis will be placed on harbors, ships and seafaring as part of the maritime heritage of the Mediterranean. Moreover, the program sheds light on the ecological and geomorphological dynamics in the eastern Mediterranean and their influence on the interaction between man and the sea in ancient and modern times.

The Academic Program

Taught over three semesters in English, the academic program provides a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary study of coastal and underwater archaeology, marine biology and ecology, maritime history, maritime geology, and geomorphology. The curriculum offers advanced knowledge and research training to students interested in exploring human interactions with the sea. The studies are carried out in a dynamic learning environment in which theory is combined with hands-on scientific experience in the field and in the laboratory.... [-]


Master of Arts: Applied Mathematics

Eastern Kentucky University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Richmond

This program is for teachers seeking a master's degree or a change in rank and mathematics teachers who want to expand their knowledge of their content area [+]

Degree Options: Mathematics Secondary Applied Mathematics & Statistics Who Would be Interested in This Program? Teachers seeking a master's degree or a change in rank Mathematics teachers who want to expand their knowledge of their content area Individuals who want to earn at least 18 hours of graduate credits in mathematics in order to teach dual-enrollment courses or other college-level courses What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program? GRE scores of at least 144 in Verbal Reasoning, at least 147 in Quantitative Reasoning, and at least 3.5 in Analytical Writing (GRE waived for applicants with undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0) Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 Required prerequisites for the core courses in mathematics (applicants who do not have this preparation may be granted admission but are required to take the courses needed to strengthen their backgrounds) Initial certification in secondary mathematics required for those seeking a change in rank Where Are Recent Graduates of the Program Employed? Various school systems in Kentucky Community colleges [-]

MA Landscape and Culture

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course is aimed at students with an interest in theoretical and empirical developments in cultural geography, and those wishing to gain an understanding of the cultural landscapes of rural and urban environments throughout the world. [+]

Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences. MA Landscape and Culture On the MA Landscape and Culture you will explore key themes in cultural and historical geography, providing connections in theory and practice with disciplines throughout the humanities and social sciences. The programme is recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing training appropriate for PhD research. Key facts 75% of our research output was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) We were rated 'excellent' in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) assessment of teaching provision We are ranked 39th worldwide for geography according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016 Course details This course requires you to complete 120 credits of core and optional modules before undertaking a supervised dissertation. Modules Core Approaches to Landscape Critical Human Geography Dissertation: Landscape and Culture Research Design B Optional You must select 30 credits of optional modules (to total 180), either provided by the School of Geography, or in other schools across the University. The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list. Careers Graduates from this programme have gone on to fully-funded postgraduate research and successful academic careers. Others now work in the creative industries while many have secured jobs in the public and voluntary sectors. A postgraduate qualification from The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training. Average starting salary and career progression In 2015, 95% of postgraduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* * Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Career prospects and employability The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops. [-]

MA International Planning and Sustainable Development

University of Westminster - Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. [+]

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks. Based in London, you will have access to internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK's first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals. The course is primarily for full-time international, UK and EU students, but it is also open to part-time UK-based students who want to explore an international pathway for their career development. The MA course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a "combined planning programme". Those offered a place are eligible for postgraduate scholarships offered by the University. If you are unable to study for a full Master's, we also offer an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Diploma and an International Planning and Sustainable Development Postgraduate Certificate. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out about these courses. Alternatively, you can study a single module(s) from the International Planning and Sustainable Development MA course as a stand alone short course. Course content This course addresses the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities and communities in a rapidly urbanising world. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers you the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth. Course pathways There are two RTPI-accredited pathways through the course. The Spatial Planning Pathway has a strong urban design component and an emphasis on the development planning process. The Urban Resilience Pathway provides a sustainable development-focused route with a core emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. Both pathways cover all these aspects to some degree. Core modules (Both pathways) Dissertation or Major Project (40 credits) This module offers you the opportunity to research in depth a spatial planning or related topic through primary or desk-based research. The Dissertation is 12-15,000 words in length. You may undertake a Major Project on a similar topic, producing a written report of a similar length, or a report combining planning or design proposals, or data presented in other formats, with a written analytical report of 5-10,000 words. International Spatial Planning Practice (20 credits) Through the exploration of theoretical models of sustainable urban form and practical exercises, you will explore the principles, methods and techniques of land use, transport and infrastructure planning for new and existing towns and cities and their regions. The module examines strategic spatial planning policy and managing development in the context of rapid urbanisation and the challenge of urban governance in the developing world. Planning in a Globalising World (20 credits) This module explores urban issues such as impacts of economic globalisation and sustainability in a range of development contexts (developed and developing worlds, and high, middle and low-income countries) using a comparative planning systems approach. You will analyse key urban policy concerns, debates, dynamics of urban change and planning responses comparatively and internationally, across different regional and historical contexts. Research Methods and the Built Environment (10 credits) This module introduces you to research methods and methodologies specific to urban and spatial research, design and planning. You will explore the theory and practice of developing a research framework, with a particular emphasis upon methods, methodologies and frameworks used within the built environment professions. The module will allow you to begin developing your own research proposal for the Dissertation. Skills for Planning Practice (10 credits) This module introduces you to a range of planning skills not covered elsewhere in core modules. You will cover core planning skills, appraisal techniques and technical skills including project management and communications. The module introduces assessments of need and capacity (for example retail, housing, leisure, transport) and tools and techniques to assist with these assessments, such as impact assessment, GIS, effective project management and engagement techniques. Sustainable Cities and Neighbourhoods (20 credits) In this module you will explore 'next generation' cities, investigating critical issues relating to climate change and other large-scale environmental threats and challenges. The module adopts a cross-disciplinary perspective, at a range of scales from the global to the local. Using a UK-based case study and hands-on sustainability appraisal, planning and urban design exercises, you will develop a critical understanding of the concept of sustainability, encompassing notions of resource conservation, environmental, social and economic impact, and quality of life. Sustainable Neighbourhood Development and Management (20 credits) In this module you will address the range of social sustainability concerns including housing and livelihoods. As well as introducing you to techniques such as participatory planning and community asset management, this module is concerned with local neighbourhood planning and introducing conceptual frameworks for understanding localised social and governance structures. Core module (Spatial Planning Pathway) Urban Design and Planning Skills (20 credits) In this module you will examine place-making in the context of the UK development process. Based on practical design projects supported by lectures and workshops, it enables students to gain an insight into the relationship between urban design theory and practice. The module is built around a site-based design project with a series of specific tasks relating to various stages of project development including area appraisal, strategic framework and design brief. Core modules (Urban Resilience Pathway) Planning for Urban Risk and Resilience (20 credits) You will explore spatial planning for risk management, including reducing vulnerability and building urban resilience as it relates to the built environment, urban governance and long-term climate change and development needs. The module integrates sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation planning concerns with disaster and hazard risk management in an international urban context. Course-specific entry requirements You should have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant built environment or land planning related discipline (such as urban or transport planning, architecture, landscape design, surveying, civil engineering, or land management) from a higher education institute in the UK or EU, or a comparable qualification from another country. Alternatively, you may have a good first degree (normally Second Class Honours or above) in a relevant human geography, social or environmental science subject from a higher education institute in the UK or EU (or a comparable qualification from another country), and relevant practical experience of working in a built environment discipline. If your first language is not English you will need an IELTS score of 6.5. Professional accreditation he MA course is fully accredited by the royal town planning institute (RTPI) as a 'combined planning programme'. Associated careers Students on the course are most likely to be working in a relevant built environment or sustainable development-related profession. Overseas students may be receiving a government bursary. Graduates from the course may secure promotion within their existing or a new related area of work, or move onto more responsible positions within 18 months of completing their studies. This may include management posts or the responsibility for project or policy development. It is expected that graduates will enhance their potential to be considered for development positions outside their home country. Graduates from this course can expect to find employment as planners or urban designers, urban regeneration or environmental management specialists in private consultancy, local and national government, and non-governmental sectors in their own country or internationally, including international development agencies. [-]

Master of Arts in Mathematics

Central Michigan University
Campus September 2017 USA Mount Pleasant

The Master of Arts degree in Mathematics program retains enough flexibility to prepare students to teach mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics [+]

Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences. The M.A. in Mathematics is a two-year program. It emphasizes more computational aspects of mathematics for students who are interested in jobs in business, industry, and government. The program also retains the flexibility to prepare students for teaching mathematics at the undergraduate level or to undertake doctoral work in mathematics. The M.A. in Mathematics program requires a total of 30 credit hours with two different research requirements: Plan A: Twenty four (24) hours of course work and six hours of Thesis. Plan B: Twenty seven (27) hours of course work, two Plan B papers (one credit hour each) plus Graduate Student Seminar (one credit hour). Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Mathematics program: To be admitted to the program, candidates must meet the following criteria: Hold at least a four year undergraduate degree or equivalent degree from a college of university of recognized standing and meet the requirements for regular admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Overall undergraduate average GPA of 2.7 or higher Minimum of 20 semester hours of mathematics with and average GPA of 2.7 or higher, which must include Calculus II or equivalent Linear or Abstract Algebra Minimum TOEFL for International Students: See the Page: Information for Prospective Graduate Students. General GRE is recommended (if a student applies for a graduate assistantship, GRE is required. The GRE requirement may be waived by the Department in exceptional cases. [-]

MA Energy and Environmental Change

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom London

The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. [+]

The Energy and Environmental Change MA is an interdisciplinary degree that combines international relations, law, business and sustainability studies. As such it provides a comprehensive examination of energy security, energy markets and climate change from global, regional and local perspectives. The degree equips students with knowledge of key intellectual frameworks and critical issues. The course offers an holistic approach to the dynamics governing energy-transition to a low-carbon economy nexus. Students are required to complete five interconnected core modules and may select one option module. The course combines expertise from: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Westminster Business School Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment The course is delivered in full-time and part-time mode with either September or January intake. Core modules GLOBAL POLITICS OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE This module aims at evaluating the relevance of contemporary debates in international relations and political economy to the study of energy security, energy markets and climate change. It examines the political history of the modern energy systems and the role played by states and major private and state-owned companies. In addition, it explores the role of global institutions and their impact on the interplay between energy security, energy markets and climate change. It scrutinises issues that underpin key discussions in the energy and climate change area, such as development, limits to growth, transparency, sustainability and the role of civil society. The module also critically assesses standard approaches to the issue of energy security by focusing on the problem of energy poverty and resilience. REGIONAL DIMENSIONS OF ENERGY SECURITY Since the 2000s the global energy landscape that took shape in the last two decades of the twentieth century has been altered due to major geo-political and geo-economical shifts, the rise of new players in the energy sector and technological breakthroughs. The aim of this module is to analyse the impact that these developments had on the energy security of key producing and consuming countries. It will analyse these problems by focusing on change and continuity in the decision-making processes of state and non-state actors. Countries covered include the US, the EU, the Asian rising powers, Russia and specific case studies from the Middle East, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. INTERNATIONAL ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE LAW This module is designed to introduce students to the principles of international law relevant to the development and use of energy resources. To this end, the course examines the evolution of principles relating to permanent sovereignty over natural resources, 'shared' resources and resources outside areas of national jurisdiction. It involves consideration of relevant international legal principles pertaining to oil and gas resources, the use of water resources in energy generation, renewables and nuclear energy. The course has particular regard to the evolving international legal framework on the mitigation of climate change, and its impact on international energy law and policy. The course also examines the impact of other principles of international law on the energy sector, such as relevant principles of international environmental law, foreign investment and trade law, and human rights. STRATEGY AND POLICY: ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY The focus of this module is on energy economics and, in particular, on the role of markets in driving energy policy and strategy in both the short and long term. It covers a variety of theoretical and empirical topics related to energy demand, energy supply and energy prices, the influence of fiscal instruments on market operation and the importance of banks and financial institutions for the funding of energy projects. The first half of the module will explore a number of key themes and conceptual issues. These will include: an analysis of the structure and operation of oil, gas, coal, electricity and renewables markets and issues of price discovery, carbon trading, green taxes and subsidies; the role of banks and alternative sources of financing for oil and gas projects; an exploration of approaches to modelling and forecasting the supply, demand and price of energy and energy derivatives. The second half of the module will have a practical focus, with sessions led by guest speakers drawn from a range of energy companies, renewables firms or from policy 'think-tanks'. These will take the form of short participative workshops exploring case studies on energy strategy and sustainability. ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND TRANSITION TO A LOW-CARBON SOCIETY This module introduces a framework for analysing and shaping the transition to a low-carbon society. Core ideas are transformative innovation, sociotechnical systems and sustainability transitions. They are explored in relation to key end use arenas of the energy system – buildings, transport and local energy networks. Attention is given to the multilevel governance and policy aspects of sociotechnical transition. Admissions requirements A good honours degree, namely a first class or upper second honours degree or equivalent in a social science discipline (politics, law, geography, history, sociology, development studies) or economics or business studies. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of competence in English. This will normally take the form of an IELTS score of at least 6.5. Applications need to be supported by either an academic reference written on the University letter-head or, in the case of candidates in employment, by a reference from the most recent employer familiar with the applicant's abilities and other qualities. Candidates will be admitted on the basis of an application accompanied by documentary evidence of meeting the above requirements. In some cases it may be necessary for the Course Leader to interview potential students either in person or by telephone or Skype. Applications from mid-career candidates are welcomed. The candidates are not expected to have prior experience in the energy or related sectors. [-]

MA Ecological Design Thinking

Schumacher College
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Totnes

Be active and transformative within organisations, communities, economics and education as we meet the challenge of transitioning to low carbon, high well-being and resilient places and systems. Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to design. - starts September 2017. [+]

Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences. Are you dismayed, disturbed and totally disenchanted with what is happening to the only real planetary home we have? So are we. But are you also excited by the opportunities and prospects this opens up for us to create a better, brighter and more beautiful world? So are we. Then join us in this innovative new postgraduate programme from Schumacher College in collaboration with the School of Architecture, Design and Environment at Plymouth University, the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, the Dartington Hall Trust and surrounding communities. Ecological Design Thinking Never has there been a more important time for a new approach for engaging with the challenging situations we face from the local to the global levels. In a rapidly changing dynamic situation, solutions rarely remain optimal for very long and continuous active participation is a necessary ingredient for success. Growing resilience in individuals and communities is the way to keep going despite the continuous change around us. Our programme in Ecological Design Thinking embraces and explores this complex world of interactions with lively engagement and an optimistic approach. It offers powerful, practical and ecology-centred skills and knowledge to apply to a diverse range of practices from design, education and business to the more specific roles of leadership, management and consultancy. The Ecological Design Thinking programme is trans-disciplinary, insightful and universal in its application; pragmatic and integrative in its operation. It brings together theoretical and practical discourses on ecologically inspired design, with methods of design thinking that are merged with the latest developments in anthropology, psychology and socio- political economics. It aims to create a novel ground for change makers at the forefront of our transition to sustainable societies. Ecologically inspired design includes the study of ecological worldviews, systems dynamics and applied complexity theory alongside the philosophies and practices of permaculture and biomimetic design. Design Thinking is a well-established participatory technique grounded in the empathic understanding of the feelings, experiences and emotions of others. It engages people in lively conversations, visually stimulated interactions and playful prototyping. It frames problems as opportunities, forms insights and generates creative and collaborative solutions in complex situations. The Ecological Design Thinking programme aims to provide a nourishing environment for participants by incorporating short-courses led by internationally recognised thinkers, place-making projects in collaboration with the Dartington Hall Trust, the home of Schumacher College, and short placements offered by external partner organisations. This programme is the fourth radical postgraduate programme developed at Schumacher College and contributes to and enhance the College’s ongoing collaborative inquiry into sustainable living – a live and networked inquiry of practice underway around the world by the College’s 20,000 alumni and others. Who Is This Course For? We would be delighted to receive your application whether you are coming directly from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to develop your understanding of a practice that is of great importance to all of our futures. We encourage applications from community practitioners and activists as well as planners, educators, architects, politicians and policy makers. You do not necessarily need a first degree in design to apply for this course. You only need to be enthusiastic, resilient and committed. We are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-design new approaches to the way we live that are socially just and ecologically sustainable. We are looking for those prepared to take risks and stand on the cutting-edge of new practices in this area. Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in a diverse mix of cultural experience and age that allows for rich peer- to- peer learning. You Will Learn The foundation of an ecological worldview through subjects such as ecology, deep ecology, systems thinking, complexity science and Gaia theory. Living systems principles through the philosophy and practice of permaculture design, biophilia and biomimicry. Creative and process-focused problem solving techniques by applying the methods and principles of design thinking. A multi-perspective appreciation of ethical issues and their implications for the future consequences of redesigning existing systems and creating new ones. To apply ecological design thinking knowledge and skills to the design of social systems as a part of an emerging new economic. Personal and group enquiry practices to raise awareness of the interdependent relationship between the individual, society and nature and between theory and practice. Co-creative participatory practices and theoretical principles for new approaches to the ecological design process that include a range of stakeholders in the full lifecycle of projects, and you will apply these both in the studio, on the Dartington Hall Estate and in short placements on live projects. Special Features An interdisciplinary programme integrating design methods with those of ecology and the social sciences. An integrative design programme rooted in deep ecological understanding and practice and informed by cutting edge thinking in new economic approaches and social dynamics. A balanced distribution of time and resources on skill-based and cognitive-based knowledge and between practice and theory. Access to some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners in design, Gaia theory, complexity, climate science, systems thinking, new economics and social change. Short courses led by internationally recognised thinkers and researchers. Short practical placements with a range of partner organisations operating at the leading edge of social innovation. An immersive, integrative and transformational teaching and learning approach rooted in the principles established by Schumacher College and Dartington Hall, and engaged in a living and working community on and around the Dartington Estate in Devon. Where You Will Go Ecological Design Thinking can be applied to a wide range of contexts, from the personal to the societal. This programme aims to create a new generation of designers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, educators, researchers, consultants and activists. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work for sustainable change in the public and private sectors as well as in civil society, or to set up their own projects or organisations that will contribute to the transformation of society. Our Teachers Dr Simon Bradbury, Plymouth University School of Architecture, Design & Environment Simon is a Lecturer in Architecture at Plymouth University and on the management group of the Institute of Sustainable Solutions Research. He runs the Master of Architecture 1st year course, co-ordinates sustainable design across the department. He has a background in both industry and Government. In Government he worked at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) where he was responsible for the commissioning of research to influence changes in policy on issues including sustainable masterplanning, housing and the value of good design. He also was instrumental in developing CABE’s policy and strategy on housing standards and has given numerous lectures across the UK on the issue. He is a registered Architect with over 10 years experience and has worked for internationally recognised Architecture and Urban Design practices. He was responsible for the design of a number of award winning projects ranging in scale from large masterplanning projects to individual houses for government, third sector and private clients. Mona Nasseri Mona has a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Design from the University of Dundee and BA in Crafts from the Tehran Art University. She was a member of the Craft team in Duncan of Jordonstone and also the Centre for the Study of Natural Design where she first met Professor Seaton Baxter. This was the beginning of a long collaboration with Seaton, first as a PhD student and later as a research assistant, which brought her to Schumacher College. Mona’s research focuses on pattern of transformation in humans as bio-sociocultural beings. She has a particular interest in the role of perception and embodied knowledge in such transformation. Her PhD explored the interface of self, craft and sustainability. Ruth Potts, development co-ordinator, MA Ecological Design Thinking Ruth co-ordinated the development of the MA in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College and is part of the teaching team. She is a co-founder of bread, print & roses, a collective engaged in seditious pamphleteering, radical walking, anarchist baking and transformative education. Previously, Ruth was Campaign Organiser for the Great Transition at nef (the new economics foundation) where she co-developed a new model of campaign designed to kick-start the decade -long transition to a new economy and society. She is the co-author of The New Materialism, covered by the Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times, and a co-author of nef’s Clone Town Britain reports. Ruth helped to organise the Green New Deal Group in 2007 and managed the launch of the Group’s First report, A Green New Deal, in July 2008. The concept was subsequently taken up by UNEP, and influenced policy around the globe. Ruth is a trustee of the Pioneer Health Foundation, the pioneering holistic model of health that influenced the World Health Organisation. She brought together and co-hosts eco-feminist collective: the Hoydens, co-created and curated a series of events about the joy and intelligence of craft at the School of Life: Practitioner’s Parlour, and more recently helped to devise a series of poetry events celebrating unusual spaces and liminal places: ‘Somewhere in Particular.’ These will include: Partner Institutions School of Architecture, Design and Environment, Plymouth University The School was formed in 2009 to establish a vibrant multi-and interdisciplinary portfolio of courses and programmes, supported by a culture of research and research-informed teaching. The School has already won several prestigious international awards, has propagated a vibrant PGR community and receiving a special commendation for research environment and strategy from the Royal Institute of British Architects (BA Architecture Revalidation 2012). Associated institutions School of Design,Carnegie Mellon University Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design is one of the oldest and most respected programs in North America, with a rich history in product, communication, and interaction design. It is one of only a few design schools to offer education across the full spectrum of learning – from pre-college to doctoral degrees – in a research setting renowned for its teaching innovations. Transition Network The Transition Network supports an international movement to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities and organisations to rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions. [-]

MA in Anthropology and Conservation

University of Kent, School of Anthropology & Conservation
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury + 1 more

This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. [+]

This challenging and innovative MA programme provides a distinctive combination of knowledge and training in Social Anthropology and Environmental Conservation. It qualifies students to pursue careers and doctoral studies in either of the two disciplines—Anthropology or Conservation. The course is offered in an academic environment that formally embraces both social anthropology and conservation science, the School of Anthropology and Conservation, which is, in its constellation of specialisations, unique in the world. The integration of theoretical perspectives and methodologies from Anthropology and Conservation presents a distinctive set of skills that enable the practice and design of anthropologically informed conservation, the resolution of environmental conflict, and the study and revaluation of indigenous/local environmental knowledge. The course encourages a critical perspective on the practice and epistemology of conservation and anthropology, paving the way for the integration of the two disciplines methodologically and theoretically. It pays particular attention to the interrelationships between local/indigenous populations and environmental groups, policy makers, legislators, and institutions concerned with the protection of the environment (e.g. Natural Protected Areas, green development projects). During the course of studies the students explore themes such as human-animal conflicts, environmental politics, debates over fragile environments, attitudes toward conservation among indigenous groups (and vice versa), and institutional and indigenous environmental knowledge and practices. The MA programme in Anthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent builds on the unique co-existence of the disciplines of Anthropology and Conservation within the same School. Drawing upon the specialist skills of individual members of staff in the two disciplines, the programme offers a distinctive and exciting mix of anthropological and conservation sub-topics and skills, but also, and more importantly, the opportunity to integrate the two disciplines at the MA level of study. This combination is achieved, for the very first time at the University of Kent, and reflects the specialization and research synergies realised in the School of Anthropology and Conservation. Course Structure In each academic year there are three terms. Teaching for coursework takes place in the first and second terms. During the third term and the summer period students prepare their dissertation on a topic that reflects their own individual interests and experience. Students minimally enroll in three required or suggested modules in both the first and second terms term and have the option of also taking additional modules (non-assessed). From the start of the third term the students focus on their dissertation, which counts towards one third of the overall degree. [-]

Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion MA and PhD Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies
Campus Full time September 2017 USA San Francisco

We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. [+]

Master of Art Programs in Natural Sciences. Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion Programs The Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion program is cultivating hope in a time of socio-ecological crisis. We live in the midst of one of the greatest transitions in Earth's history. Humanity, having become a planetary force, is now shaping both its own future and the long-term future of millions of species of life. This decisive process occupies the most creative personalities of our time. One of the most significant recent developments is the engagement of our spiritual traditions in this transformation of consciousness and society. When the moral force of the world's religions combines with the depth understanding of ecology, humanity will find itself in the very center of that profoundly mysterious process by which the Earth Community is revitalizing itself. OUR MISSION Numerous interlocking ecological crises, including mass extinction of species, climate change, desertification, and poverty, mark the 21st century as a time of unprecedented change and challenge. This ecological devastation calls forth scientific, economic, and policy responses. Yet such standard responses often appear inadequate to the scope of the crisis. Many leading thinkers have come to understand that the ecological crisis represents a crisis of human consciousness, and requires fundamental revisioning of cultural values. The pace of global change calls for an understanding of the process by which humanity came to this crossroads in planetary history. It also calls for more enlightened ways of thinking and being in the world. The world's religious and spiritual traditions offer deep insight into the human condition, along with profound teachings about how humans should relate to one another and to Earthly life. Questions about the role and meaning of the human have illuminated religious quests for millennia; these same questions inspire the contemporary search for ecological sustainability. The concentration in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion at CIIS is designed to help students to address these and related questions with rigor, insight, and efficacy. Taking inspiration from such visionaries as geologian Thomas Berry; His Holiness the Dalai Lama; systems theorist Joanna Macy; Nobel Laureate and Green Belt Movement founder Wangari Maathai; World Resources Institute founder Gus Speth; Forum on Religion and Ecology founders Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim; and many other leading thinkers, the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion concentration invites students into an emerging discussion in which they will generate new knowledge, contributing to a growing field of academic inquiry and activism. Through the Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion concentration in the Philosophy and Religion department at CIIS, master's and doctoral students explore the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religion in understanding and responding to interconnected global ecological crises. They gain facility with ecological principles and practices. They develop the knowledge and wisdom to respond to the ecological devastation from healing integral and transdisciplinary perspectives. Students acquire skills and insight to transform practices, worldviews, and consciousness in service of a more just, sustainable, and flourishing future. The program's uniquely integrated curriculum explores such questions as: What is the role of religion, spirituality, and culture in the ecological crises of our time? What ecological insights does the world's religious heritage offer? How can explore worldviews help to understand and address ecological trauma? About the MA Program The MA in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion emphasizes an embodied, engaged approach, in which contemplative practice and career exploration complement rigorous study. Students earning an MA in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion will be at the forefront of an interdisciplinary field that has grown rapidly over the past decade. Graduates will be well prepared to engage environmental issues in multiple spheres, or to pursue doctoral-level study. Admission to the Program Applicants must meet the general admissions requirements of the Institute. ESR Master's students are motivated by their deep concern for the state of the Earth and their determination to find healing solutions for the future. Prospective students should be committed to examining ecological issues from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, and to an appreciation of diverse perspectives. Applicants with a variety of backgrounds will be considered, provided the applicant possesses demonstrated interest in the subject matter of the concentration, and strong writing, analytical, and critical thinking skills developed during undergraduate study at an accredited institution The application materials required are an autobiography, a statement of goals (ideally several pages), a writing sample, and transcripts. About the PhD Program Interdisciplinary scholars wishing to engage in rigorous study of ecology and religion together will find the PhD program in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion uniquely suited to their goals. Doctoral students study with faculty renowned for their cutting edge approaches to investigating the role of worldviews, philosophies, and religions in understanding and responding to global challenges. Admission to the Program Doctoral students wishing to specialize in Ecology, Spirituality, and Religion should possess a master's degree in a discipline relevant to the program (e.g. religion, ecology, environmental studies, biology, anthropology, environmental history, geography, literature, philosophy) from an accredited graduate institution. Applicants to the doctoral program should identify two core faculty members whose expertise closely matches the student's proposed course of study and research project. Doctoral applicants should demonstrate research preparation suggestive of their motivation to completing a doctoral dissertation. [-]