GUIDED BY A UNIVERSITY MOTTO that charges us to pursue our best self in the name humanity, PRO HUMANITATE, The Sustainability Graduate Programs call on a vast array of scholars and practitioners. We are committed to advance a shared mission aimed at developing solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. Here, the next generation of change agents explore emerging solutions through coursework and research with faculty experts across multiple disciplines. Our immersive strategic alliances empower students to engage with truly committed partners.
OUR SUCCESS thrives in the right context. Bring academic studies to life through travel programs, impact partnerships, and professional development. Work with partners at the nexus of your calling and engage in solutions to real challenges faced by organizations from government to corporations, from grassroots to C suites.
WORKING PROFESSIONALS: champion your calling through your organization.
Applied Projects: gain exclusive access to organizations from the Fortune 500 to local conservation groups.
Independent Studies and Consulting: act on unprecedented flexibility to work with thought leading faculty and bleeding edge innovations.
Internships and Mentorships: contextualize the classroom.
Career development: network to your dream job and empower your career through personalized consulting.
Travel: Spend a week in Belize working on coastal zone issues, three days in DC discussing policy on the national level, or engage the frontline of climate change tackling local challenges on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
ost of our students do not share the same educational or professional background, but all are looking to reorient or supplement their careers with a deeper expertise in the field of sustainability. Students come into the program with degrees in Chemistry, Philosophy, Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, Business Management, Communication, Biology, Education, etc. As our student population continues to grow, it becomes increasingly diverse.
“WHAT ARE THE MAJOR MEGA-TRENDS FOR THE FUTURE AND HOW WILL YOU CONFRONT THEM? SUSTAINABILITY TRENDS ARE THE LARGEST, MOST DAUNTING CHALLENGES OUR WORLD IS FACING, AND YOU CAN BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU CAN WORK WITH A GREATER PURPOSE.”
JESSICA HAMM is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Business Management. She is employed full-time in Charlotte, NC with Duke Energy, the largest investor owned utility in the U.S. At Duke, Jessica works with leadership to develop and monitor business plans, strategic initiatives, and key measures and metrics. As a part-time student in the MA Sustainability program at Wake Forest, her appreciation for the environment has only continued to grow. She is interested in working with stakeholders to identify and develop meaningful, realistic and innovative solutions to challenging problems.
“THE SUSTAINABILITY GRADUATE PROGRAM has worked diligently to form community partnerships. We, as students, benefit from the network that the program has established: one it gives us exposure to the varying entities, two it gives us exposure to their personnel which will help us network for the future.”
Staci is a former school administrator and teacher, now she works with the Yadkin River Keeper on grant writing.
“THE MA IN SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM has provided me with the education and opportunity I needed to succeed as a champion of sustainability in the working world. I recommend the program to anyone looking to weave sustainability into their life’s work.”
Phillip has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and is now a Communications Analyst with Hanesbrands, Inc.
MICHAEL APER served as a combat Infantryman in the United States Army from 2007 to 2010. During his time in service he deployed to South Korea and Afghanistan. As a member of the 4th Infantry Division, his unit was one of the first to deploy during the troop surge of 2009. During the deployment, his unit conducted route clearance operations and worked alongside Afghan Nationals to improve the local economy in a remote area outside of Kandahar. Upon returning in 2010, he was honorably discharged and began college at Northern Arizona University. In 2013, he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Community Development and Sustainability.
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PHILIP HENSON earned an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1991 (BSIE ’91) and is a 2015 Masters of Arts candidate, seeking a graduate degree in sustainability from Wake Forest University. In addition to being a full-time student, Mr. Henson is a seasoned textile industry working professional and member of the facility engineering team at Hanesbrands, which is responsible for facilities engineering, energy demand, environmental compliance, and workplace safety for Hanesbrands’ global operations. He is an ambassador for environmental sustainability and seeks to apply concepts of responsible resource stewardship to communities where we work, live, and play.
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