Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden, offers a Master of Science degree in sustainable development. Qualified students can receive funding to cover all or part of the tuition for this intensive 2-year program. A largely self-designed course of study, the program gives students the freedom to choose their own courses in consultation with an advisor. All students must complete a master’s thesis to complete the program, and opportunities for internships and study abroad are available. To be considered for admission, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in technology, social sciences, law, humanities or natural sciences. Fluency in English is also required, and non-native speakers will be expected to present satisfactory IELTS or TOEFL test scores.
Orebro University in Orebro, Sweden, offers a Master of Arts degree in Public Planning for Sustainable Development. Funding is available to help cover the cost of this low-cost program for a limited number of students. In addition to completing an independent research project and thesis, all students take courses in Sustainable Development as a Political and Professional Challenge, Sustainable Development in a Comparative Perspective, Theoretical Perspectives on Sustainable Development, Planning for Sustainable Development in Practice, Human Geography with a Sustainable Development Focus and Sociology with a Sustainable Development Focus. Qualified applicants for the program will have a bachelor’s degree in geography, sociology, political science, gender studies, history, media or communications. In addition, applicants who are non-native English speakers will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores to prove fluency.
Stockholm University offers a master’s degree program in Social-ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development. A limited number of students will receive full or partial funding to cover the cost of this $32,000 program. Every student in the program is responsible for writing a thesis and taking the following classes: Social-Ecological Systems: Challenges and Approaches; Systems Theory and Resilience Thinking; Governing and Managing Social-Ecological Systems; and Resilience Reflections. Fifteen students are admitted to the two-year course of study every year. Candidates must typically have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for admission; however, those with extensive work experience in sustainable development may be admitted without a degree on a case-by-case basis. Fluency in English is also mandatory, and applicants who are from countries where English is not the official language will be required to submit IELTS or TOEFL test scores.
The Université Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble, France, offers a Master’s degree program in International Development Studies. This one-year program is offered tuition free and includes a wide range of required course work. All students complete either an internship or field research and then write a dissertation on their experiences. Qualified applicants to the program will have a bachelor’s degree and extensive coursework in social sciences fields, such as geography, regional planning, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, international relations and development studies. On a case-by-case basis, applicants with work experience in international development may be admitted without a bachelor’s degree. Courses are taught only in English; therefore, applicants who are not native speakers will need to submit IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge Oxford fluency test scores.