At this moment in time, it's not enough to do more of what we’ve been doing.  We need to do things differently.

The Masters of Professional Studies in Leadership for Sustainability is designed for emerging and experienced leaders to explore leadership practices that are inspired by the wisdom of nature and challenge forces of domination and oppression.  This two-year program offers an innovative blend of week-long residential intensives (taking place in Vermont, Durham N.C., and the Bay area in California), interactive online courses, professional coaching, and an incredible network of faculty and professional affiliates.  At the heart of this program is our dedication to cultivate a diverse and equitable learning ecosystem.  Learn more about our programmatic statement on power and privilege and the MLS Multicultural Scholarship here.

What’s Distinct?

Our core curriculum and innovative pedagogy are grounded in the belief that the changes we create in the world are reflective of the changes and conditions we cultivate in ourselves. 

The program has three central learning goals:

  • Leadership inspired by the wisdom of Nature:  Deepening our relationships with and understanding of ecological systems, patterns, processes, and organizing principles that can inspire our leadership, design, and change-making processes;
  • Challenging structures of domination and oppression: Enhancing our ability to critically examine and transform mindsets rooted in domination and shift inequitable systems, patterns and structures of power and privilege;
  • Practice: Deepening leadership practices that enhance our capacities draw on multiple ways of knowing, stay centered, catalyze change, advance the work of our communities and professional organizations, and create conditions for life to thrive over the long haul.

If you're interested in starting August 2020 we'd love to talk to you!  Please schedule a time to chat with us or attend one of our Online Open Houses. 

February 19, 2020 12 - 1 p.m. EST 

Please RSVP to Quinn Karley at qkarley@uvm.edu if you would like to attend! 

We also offer the Leadership for Sustainability Fellowship Program which can be customized for 1 or 2 years. The Fellowship is a non-credit bearing opportunity designed for individuals who are interested in professional development, however do not want/need a Masters Degree. Please contact Quinn Karley at qkarley@uvm.edu for more information.

The University of Vermont has gained a national reputation for leadership in sustainability

Our learning ecosystem is rooted in:

Instruction, Coaching and Facilitation from Distinguished Professional Affiliates:  Experienced practitioners and creative thought leaders are the heartbeat of this program.  They facilitate and instruct residential intensives, design and deliver learning modules, and provide direct coaching and guidance to students as they embark on their year-long Capstone Project.   Affiliates ground theoretical approaches in practice and share insights from cutting edge organizations and initiatives.

Practice-based:  Program coursework provides meaningful and individualized application of learning throughout the program. The culminating Master's Capstone Project is an opportunity for students to design a project that rigorously integrates key learnings and leadership practices while strengthening relationships, building systems of accountability, and engaging complexity in ways that are deeply aligned with the student’s core values and principles.  

Multiple Ways of Knowing: This program maintains a foundational commitment to multiple ways of knowing, being, and leading in the world. We believe that the wisdom needed for these complex times can be rooted in rigorous inquiry, creativity, spiritual practice and wisdom traditions, solidarity and survivance, and relationships with our more than human kin. 

Networked Distance Learning:  With our low-residency approach, students stay rooted in their home community, while benefiting from a supportive learning community and cohort built on a strong network of student-colleagues, faculty, and seasoned professionals. Week-long residential intensives are complemented by online courses that emphasize relational learning and include regular synchronous meetings

Areas of Specialization:  In addition to our core curriculum, The Master’s in Leadership for Sustainability is designed so students are able to create their own area of specialization with the selection of 3 elective courses that are specific to their goals and learning edges. 

Is this program for me?

The Leadership for Sustainability program is for practitioners from a wide array of fields and sectors who are open to practicing leadership differently and are committed to participating in a learning community centered around well-being and relationship.  We invite students into a dynamic and diverse learning ecosystem that develops meaningful relationships, supports each person’s unique potential, and explores new possibilities through ongoing learning, change, and creativity. The program workload and schedule is designed for professionals who work full-time (although that is not a requirement).

 

We love hearing from you!  Please contact Quinn at qkarley@uvm.edu or inquire below.