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Sustainability Ph.D.

Program overview

The doctorate program in sustainability is the first program in the world to focus on sustainable production systems. It seeks to advance research and education in alternative-energy development, sustainable production, sustainable mobility, and eco-IT.

The programís curriculum emphasizes sustainable production systems, which create goods and services using processes that are non-polluting; conservation of energy and natural resources; economic viability; and safety for workers, communities, and consumers. Course work and research take a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems.

Students have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous research centers, including the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, the Center for Sustainable Manufacturing, the Center for Sustainable Mobility, the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute--all of which are housed in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.


Students must complete 60 semester credit hours of course work and research.

Sustainability, Ph.D. degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ISUS-600 Graduate Seminar 2
ISUS-802 Fundamentals of Sustainability Science 3
ISUS-804 Industrial Ecology 3
  Elective 3
ECON-810 Economics of Sustainability 3
ISUS-806 Risk Analysis 3
ISUS-808 Multicriteria Sustainable Systems Analysis 3
Second Year
ISUS-805 Technology Policy and Sustainability or Approved Substitute 3
  Elective 3
ISUS-899 Dissertation Research 7
ISUS-800 Graduate Seminar 2
Third Year and Beyond
ISUS-899 Dissertation Research 21
ISUS-800 Graduate Seminar 4
Total Semester Credit Hours 60

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in sustainability, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

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