ONLINE master’s in


ONLINE master of arts in


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The Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership degree from CLU builds on theory and practice in the economy, society, and the environment to help you assess and effectively lead socially responsible initiatives. This interdisciplinary program shows you how organizational decision making and activities impact society, the environment, and your organization’s own prosperity—or the triple bottom line of the new economy: planet, people, and profit. You will learn to critically analyze issues to develop and ethically communicate high-impact, sustainable solutions.

program Overview
a laptop to state the Online Master of Arts in Social Impact can be taken entirely online
100% Online
Program Length
  • Asynchronous format

  • Interactive learning platforms
  • Discussion forums facilitated by world class faculty
Full-time: 13 months*
Part-time: 22 months

*Full-time status (2 courses per term) must be maintained to complete your master’s degree in 13 months.

$550 per credit hour
All courses are 3 credit hours
Funding options are available

Admissions Requirements

MA in Sustainability Leadership admissions requirements:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution

  • Submission of university transcripts

  • Current resume or CV
  • No GRE or GMAT Required
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA (provisions acceptance may be granted for GPAs under 2.5)


Online Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership Courses include:

  • Leadership in Action
  • Environmental Science
  • Earth Resources
  • Economics and Sustainability
  • Environmental Policy and Law
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Impact Assessment  

  • Invitation to Inquiry: Foundations of the Claremont Core®
  • Strategic Communication: Building Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Activating the Core: Research Methods
  • Applying the Core: CLU Capstone


Upon completion of your Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership, you will be able to:

  • Function as a socially responsible change agent in global sustainable contexts (global change).
  • Critically analyze data to develop strategic sustainable solutions (systems).
  • Apply systems thinking to interconnected fields of study addressing the challenges related to sustainability (leadership).
  • Incorporate sustainable practices to lead ethically and responsibly (leadership).

  • Demonstrate the engagement skills necessary to achieve clear and accurate communication for Sustainability (impact analysis).


A team of professional educators with a wide range of experience in leadership and corporate social responsibility contribute to your learning environment at Claremont Lincoln University. Here are just a few you may meet:

Career Paths

As a graduate of the MA in Sustainability Leadership program, you will be prepared to approach your career from a new perspective. The skills and competencies this degree offers you can apply to roles in a variety of capacities including:

  • Chief Sustainability Officer
  • Head of Climate Impact Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability Expert
  • Sustainability Project Manager
  • Global Sustainability Director
  • Sustainability Leadership and Learning Manager
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Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue rewarding careers. Explore their stories of success.

“Beyond affordability and the online format, I chose Claremont Lincoln University because of their affiliation with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy…Being a sustainability major, I was very interested in their research studies on environment and land use.”

—Judi Young, MA in Sustainable Leadership ’22