Sustainability Science

2022 Best Sustainability Science Schools

77 Colleges in the United States
2,215 Sustainability Science Degrees Awarded
$42,011 Avg Early-Career Salary
When it comes to popularity, sustainability science sits in the middle of the road, ranking #190 out of 368 majors in the country. As such, the degree program isn't offered at every college in the United States, but there are schools that do have a program in the field that are top-notch when it comes to quality.

For its 2022 ranking, College Factual looked at 77 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for sustainability science students pursuing a degree. Combined, these schools handed out 2,215 degrees in sustainability science to qualified students.

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Choosing a Great Sustainability Science School

Best Sustainability Science Schools Your choice of sustainability science school matters, so we have put together these rankings to help you make your decision. We derive our Best Overall Sustainability Science School rankings by rolling up our degree-level rankings after weighting them by the number of degrees awarded at each school.

You may want to choose one of the degree levels below to find the schools of most interest to you.

Sustainability Science Rankings by Degree Level

Since the program you select can have a significant impact on your future, we've developed a number of rankings, including this Best Sustainability Science Schools list, to help you choose the best school for you. You can also filter this list by location to find schools closer to you.

In addition to College Factual's rankings, you may want to take a look at College Combat, our unique tool that lets you pit your favorite schools head-to-head and compare how they rate on factors that most interest you. When you have some time, check it out - you may want to bookmark the link so you don't forget it.

More information on how we come up with our rankings can be found here: College Factual's Data Methodology.

Best Schools for Sustainability Science in the United States

The schools below may not offer all types of sustainability science degrees so you may want to filter by degree level first. However, they are great for the degree levels they do offer. Only those schools that rank in the top 15% of all the schools we analyze get awarded with a place on this list.

11 Top Schools in Sustainability Science

#1

Presidio Graduate School

San Francisco, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In CA
43 Sustainability Science Degrees Awarded

It is hard to beat Presidio Graduate School if you wish to pursue a degree in sustainability science. Presidio Graduate School is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of San Francisco. A Best Schools rank of #4 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Presidio Graduate School is a great school overall.

There were about 43 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at Presidio Graduate School in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from Presidio Graduate School

#2

Stanford University

Stanford, CA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In CA

It's hard to beat Stanford University if you wish to pursue a degree in sustainability science. Stanford is a large private not-for-profit university located in the suburb of Stanford. A Best Schools rank of #3 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Stanford is a great university overall.

There were roughly 12 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at Stanford in the most recent year we have data available.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In PA

University of Pennsylvania is a wonderful option for students interested in a degree in sustainability science. Located in the large city of Philadelphia, UPenn is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #13 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means UPenn is a great university overall.

There were roughly 4 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at UPenn in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from University of Pennsylvania

Doctor's Degree Highest Degree Type
153 Sustainability Science Degrees Awarded

It is difficult to beat Columbia University in the City of New York if you want to pursue a degree in sustainability science. Located in the city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #22 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Columbia is a great university overall.

There were roughly 153 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at Columbia in the most recent data year. Those sustainability science students who get their degree from Columbia University in the City of New York receive $13,389 more than the typical sustainability science graduate.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from Columbia University in the City of New York

#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA
Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
5th Most Popular In PA

Located in the large city of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #20 out of 2,576 colleges nationwide means Carnegie Mellon is a great university overall.

There were approximately 13 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at Carnegie Mellon in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from Carnegie Mellon University

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
15th Most Popular In NY

RPI is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Troy. This school ranks 8th out of 160 colleges for overall quality in the state of New York.

There were roughly 3 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at RPI in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
3rd Most Popular In CA
70 Sustainability Science Degrees Awarded

UC Berkeley is a very large public university located in the medium-sized city of Berkeley. A Best Schools rank of #26 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UC Berkeley is a great university overall.

There were roughly 70 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at UC Berkeley in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from University of California - Berkeley

#8

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
4th Most Popular In MA

Bentley is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit university located in the small city of Waltham. A Best Schools rank of #42 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means Bentley is a great university overall.

There were approximately 1 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at Bentley in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from Bentley University

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In NJ
67 Sustainability Science Degrees Awarded

Rutgers New Brunswick is a very large public university located in the small city of New Brunswick. This university ranks 4th out of 49 schools for overall quality in the state of New Jersey.

There were about 67 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at Rutgers New Brunswick in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from Rutgers University - New Brunswick

Master's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In MO

Located in the large suburb of Saint Louis, WUSTL is a private not-for-profit university with a fairly large student population. A Best Schools rank of #28 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means WUSTL is a great university overall.

There were approximately 23 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at WUSTL in the most recent year we have data available.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from Washington University in St Louis

Bachelor's Degree Highest Degree Type
1st Most Popular In TX
61 Sustainability Science Degrees Awarded

Located in the large city of Austin, UT Austin is a public university with a very large student population. A Best Schools rank of #52 out of 2,576 schools nationwide means UT Austin is a great university overall.

There were about 61 sustainability science students who graduated with this degree at UT Austin in the most recent data year.

More information about a degree in sustainability science from The University of Texas at Austin

Additional Noteworthy Schools

Here are some additional great schools for Sustainability Science students that almost earned our Best Sustainability Science Schools award.

Rank College Location
12 University of Wisconsin - Platteville Platteville, WI
13 Creighton University Omaha, NE
14 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
15 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
16 University of Florida Gainesville, FL
17 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
18 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
19 University of Wisconsin - River Falls River Falls, WI

Sustainability Science by Region

View the Best Sustainability Science Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

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One of 44 majors within the Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies area of study, Sustainability Science has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 33,272
Biological & Physical Science 28,772
Interdisciplinary Studies 8,233
International Studies 7,526
Nutrition Science 4,960
Behavioral Science 3,344
Cognitive Science 2,711
Human Biology 1,599
Human Computer Interaction 1,355
Natural Sciences 1,282

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to TonyTheTiger.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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