Nearly four billion people, or more than half the world's population, live in urban environments. Xavier's MA in Urban Sustainability recruits students with varied backgrounds in business, policy and planning, humanities and social sciences and then challenges them to develop a deeper understanding of urban systems and sustainable best practices, in order to pursue careers that will lead the public and private sector to make positive change.
Projected increase in new green jobs by 2038.
This program is built to attract students with diverse backgrounds who will work and learn from each other as well as faculty. Students will work independently and in teams on practical, real world applications that sharpen their skills and prepare them for careers in many different settings.
Students are required to have an internship between their first and second years. Internships are intended to give students experience, networks, and connections that will help them further refine their career goals and get exposure to professional employment settings. The program is connected to partners in the City of Cincinnati like the Green Umbrella, the City the County, the Port Authority, corporations like Procter & Gamble, Duke, Melink Corporation, local CDCs and many others.
Compared to its peer group of cities, Cincinnati can boast an extensive network of active, innovative agencies including an Office of Environment and Sustainability, membership in the National League of Cities Sustainable Cities Institute, and the Green Umbrella Group—a collaboration of more than 250 businesses, nonprofits, governments and universities. It is also a city with where you can connect to decision-makers and change agents directly.
Student projects are designed with a focus on applying their current coursework. Below are examples of our student's Geographic Information Systems projects:
Farms and Farmers Markets in the Cincinnati Region.
This program is designed to bring students from different backgrounds and experiences together to address the challenges of climate change and what it takes to build a career around making impactful, positive change. Student will gain the theoretical framework and hard skills to be well qualified for the growing field of sustainability and resilience. Whether you want to approach these issues from a corporate, government, community or NGO setting you will be well positioned to take on a leadership role in this growing field.
Americans are employed in green jobs
Median annual income for U.S.-based independent sustainability consultants in 2011*
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the technical consulting (including sustainability) field to grow by 78 percent between 2006 and 2016.