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Sustainability Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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 Using insights and analytic methods from science, policy, and environmental justice, students on the Sustainability Studies program offered by Roosevelt University explore natural and social ecosystems, recognize national and international implications of sustainability issues, and apply their knowledge on behalf of campus and community projects.


  • Rigorous interdisciplinary courses that challenge you to think critically, write clearly, research deeply, and connect the dots among concepts such as climate change, food security, water quality, waste reduction, and more;
  • Supportive and enthusiastic faculty who set high academic expectations while providing personalized advising and long-term mentorship;
  • Opportunities to learn about water conservation by paddling the Chicago River, sustainable agriculture by working on an urban farm, ecological restoration by exploring local prairies and forest preserves, biodiversity by doing research at the Field Museum of Natural History, and social justice by interning or volunteering at a grassroots environmental organization;
  • A campus community of sustainability activists who are working hard to transform Roosevelt into a truly sustainable university, and who value and depend upon the ideas and energy of students;
  • Research, presentation, and publication venues such as our annual SUST Student Symposium, the Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab, the SUST at RU Blog, the Writing Urban Nature environmental humanities project, and the Schaumburg's Sustainable Future online project;
  • Opportunities for off-campus study through travel courses, internships, and Roosevelt's participation as a founding member of the new Resilience Studies Consortium of U.S. colleges and universities dedicated to place-based sustainability education and research;
  • A growing network of sustainability studies alumni with whom to connect at Roosevelt events and online via Facebook and LinkedIn.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Sustainable Future: Environment, Economy, Equity
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • Sprawl, Transportation and Planning
  • Biodiversity
  • Service and Sustainability
  • The Sustainable University

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application.
  • Self-report cumulative high school GPA and SAT/ACT test scores. Note, official transcripts and test scores are only required upon the request of Roosevelt University.
  • Coursework completed outside the U.S. requires a Foreign Credential Evaluation to be submitted.
  • English Language Proficiency: All international students and individuals who completed a degree program outside the United States are required to meet this requirement.
  • Though not initially required, a personal statement, essay, letters of recommendation, and/or official transcripts may be requested after initial review of your application.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31493 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31493 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31493 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31493 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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