Graduate Programs

Sustainability-related graduate degrees are offered in many disciplines at Portland State University. Browse degrees offered by the departments and schools listed below. 

Students may choose to add a graduate certificate to their master’s or Ph.D. program. The following interdisciplinary sustainability certificates are available as an add-on for students pursuing a master’s degree at PSU, or as a stand-alone program for professionals seeking to broaden their knowledge in the sustainability field.

Interdisciplinary sustainability certificates

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems
Graduate Certificate in Energy Policy and Management
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability








Explore graduate sustainability programs offered by the following departments and schools:

Institute for Sustainable Solutions

School of Architecture

School of the Environment

College of Education

  • Leadership for Sustainability Education—The Educational Leadership and Policy Department (ELP) offers a Master of Science or Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education.

Hatfield School of Government

Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering—include options for a focus on Building Science with elective courses in heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), building energy modeling, and solar energy engineering.
  • Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering—involves advanced courses in structural analysis and design, transportation engineering, water resources, environmental engineering, and geotechnical engineering, as well as science and mathematics.
  • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering—specialty areas include Building Science and Energy Eystems, Controls and Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Materials Science, and Mechanical Design.
  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering—offers advanced courses in structural analysis and design, water resources and environmental engineering, transportation engineering, and geotechnical engineering. This program aims to educate technical experts to meet challenges related to enhancing infrastructure and the environment. 

Systems Science Graduate Program

  • Master of Science in Systems Science—draws on the natural and social sciences, mathematics, computer science, and engineering to address complex problems in the public and private sectors.
  • Ph.D. in Systems Science—encompasses both application and theory-oriented aspects of the field. Various departments across campus participate in the program.

School of Business Administration

Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning

School of Community Health

School of Social Work

  • Master of Social Work—offers concentrations in direct human services, community-based practice, or social service administration and leadership, as well as the opportunity for an International Peace Corp specialization.
  • Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research—tackles critical social welfare problems through research and policy analysis related to finding solutions for these problems.

Department of Sociology

  • Master of Art in Sociology—offers research specialization of topics such as criminology, stratification, globalization, medical sociology, neighborhood gentrification, education, religion, and gender and race relations.
  • Ph.D. in Health and Social Inequality—address some of the most pressing public concerns including access to health care, new immigrants and barriers to their assimilation, neighborhood-level race relations, educational attainment for first-generation college students, and social and environmental sustainability.