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EIU Master of Science in Sustainability


The Master of Science in Sustainability graduate degree program focuses on preparing leaders and managers for the entire energy industry. This multi-disciplinary degree is science based and technology management focused. 

Students are required to complete 36 hours of the followings courses, to be eligible for the degree.

Science Cluster

1. BIO 5333 Bioenergy and Bioresources

or BIO 5970A Bioenergy and Bioresources

3 hours

2. CHM 5007 Energy Chemistry

3 hours

3. PHY 5233 Energy and the Environment

3 hours

4. TEC 5533 Biomass Gasification and Renewable Energy

3 hours

Technology Management Cluster

5. TEC 5103 Science and Technology of Leadership

or MBA 5680 Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics

3 hours

6. TEC 5133 Total Quality Systems

or MBA 5660 Operations Management

3 hours

7. MBA 5001 Business Operations in Sustainability Facilities


OSC 4810 Supply Chain and Logistics Management

3 hours

Policy and Economics

8. PLS 5843 Seminar in Public Policy

or PLS 4763 Environmental Politics & Policy (Approved, starting Fall 2018)

or ECN 5411 Seminar in   Natural Resources and Environmental Economics

or ECN 4751 Managerial Economics (Approved, starting Spring 2017)

3 hours

Research Methods

9. TEC 5143 Research in Technology

3 hours


10. CMN/ENG 5260 Communication   in Science and Technical Organizations

3 hours

Research and Experience

11. CERE 5983 Sustainability Practicum

3 hours

12. CERE 5953 Sustainability Research

3 hours


36 hours

  • All students need to successfully complete the requirements of CERE 5953 Sustainability Research to be become eligible for graduation. See more details on Research page.
  • All students are required to successfully pass a written comprehensive examination prior to the completion of the graduate degree.

The following flexibilities may apply

  • Students from a specific area may elect to take a more advanced course in the discipline in place of the above course(s). For example, a student with a bachelor degree in chemistry may elect to take a more advanced course from the department of chemistry to substitute the above "Energy Chemistry" course. Prior approval from the program director is required.
  • On the same level, students may elect to take either course. For example, a student may take "PLS 5843 Topical Seminar in Public Policy" or "ECN 5411 Seminar in Natural Resources and Environmental Economics," to meet the degree requirement.
  • TEC 5143 Research in Technology may be replaced by an equivalent research methods course from other participating departments/schools. Prior approval from the program director is required.

Class Rotation Schedule

Click here access the class schedule for upcoming semesters.

For more detailed information, please contact Dr. Peter Ping Liu, Director of Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE), (217)581-7426,

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Contact Information

Dr. Nichole Hugo
Assistant Professor &
Graduate Coordinator of Sustainability

600 Lincoln Ave,
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-8595

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