Best Online Master’s in Sustainability and Green Technologies

Find top-ranked online master’s in green technologies degree programs to equipped students to hold managerial and supervisory positions in the consulting, marketing, finance, engineering, government, nonprofit, and technology fields.

Best Online Master’s in Sustainability and Green Technologies

Frequently Asked Questions About Sustainability and Green Technology Degrees

With more and more industries moving toward environmentally friendly products and technologies, earning a master’s in green technologies could advance your career in the fast-growing renewable energy and sustainability sectors.

Back to top.

This graduate degree will immerse you in current environmental topics, such as sustainable construction, transportation and the environment, renewable energy engineering, energy policies, and sustainable product design. Many programs also have field-based learning, where students will gain hands-on knowledge related to their specialty.

Back to top.

Credit hours can vary for this graduate degree, ranging from 27 to 57. Programs are available both online and on campus. Many programs also have field-based learning, where students will gain hands-on knowledge related to their specialty.

Back to top.

After completing the program, graduates will be equipped to hold managerial and supervisory positions in the consulting, marketing, finance, engineering, government, nonprofit, and technology fields.

Back to top.

Learn more about what you can do with a master’s degree in earth sciences.

Best Online Master's in Green Technologies Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online green technologies master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Green Technologies Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Johns Hopkins University

    #22 institution's historical influence
    #21 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    94%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1510/34

    Baltimore, MD

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MA in Sustainable Energy
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 21 months
    • Format: Online
    REQUEST INFO
  2. #2

    University of Southern California

    #31 institution's historical influence
    #30 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Los Angeles, CA

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Green Technologies
    • Required Credits: 27
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MEng in Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Kentucky

    #195 institution's historical influence
    #541 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    96%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Lexington, KY

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Applied Environmental & Sustainability Studies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    REQUEST INFO
  5. #5

    University of Vermont

    #305 institution's historical influence
    #246 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    13K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    Burlington, VT

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MLS in Leadership For Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    REQUEST INFO
  6. #6

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

    #450 institution's historical influence
    #1232 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1227/25

    Birmingham, AL

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MEd in Engineering

    Concentrations

    • Structural Engineering
    • Construction Engineering Management
    • Sustainable Smart Cities
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 19 months
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Michigan Technological University

    #955 institution's historical influence
    #1220 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/27

    Houghton, MI

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Mechanical Engineering

    Concentrations

    • Design and Dynamic Systems
    • Autonomous Systems
    • Intelligent Systems
    • Noise
    • Vibration
    • Harshness
    • Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy
    • Advanced Power Systems
    • Fluid Dynamics Including Cfd
    • Fuel Cells
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    Clemson University

    #443 institution's historical influence
    #513 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    85%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1315/29

    Clemson, SC

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MPA in Public Administration

    Concentrations

    • Regional Sustainability
    • Emergency Management
    • Homeland Defense and Security
    • Local and State Government
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Required Credits: 39-42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    #944 institution's historical influence
    #1364 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/22

    Greensboro, NC

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MSSE in Sustainability & Environment
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Sam Houston State University

    #893 institution's historical influence
    #1048 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Huntsville, TX

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MAg in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Environment (SAFE)
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    Montclair State University

    #1069 institution's historical influence
    #1365 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    19K

    Montclair, NJ

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Sustainability Science
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    University of the Sciences

    #2324 institution's historical influence
    #474 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1215/25

    Philadelphia, PA

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Sustainable Design
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 18-24 months
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Boston Architectural College

    #2840 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    <1K

    Boston, MA

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MDS in Sustainable Design
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University

    #2809 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    9K

    Daytona Beach, FL

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Unmanned Systems

    Concentrations

    • Aviation and Aerospace Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    St. Mary's University, Texas

    #1408 institution's historical influence
    #282 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1130/23

    San Antonio, TX

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MA in International Relations

    Concentrations

    • Sustainable Development and Conflict Transformation
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    Prescott College

    #2663 institution's historical influence
    #493 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    <1K

    Prescott, AZ

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MBA in Sustainability Leadership
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Sustainable Food Systems
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Sustainable Food Systems and Business Administration
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  17. #17

    Unity College

    #5107 institution's historical influence
    #269 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    <1K

    Unity, ME

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Planning
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Environmental Studies and Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MBA in Sustainable Business Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Lipscomb University

    #1851 institution's historical influence
    #1338 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    62%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    4K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/26

    Nashville, TN

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    REQUEST INFO
  19. #19

    Lenoir–Rhyne University

    #7841 institution's historical influence
    #853 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Hickory, NC

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Sustainability Studies
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Maharishi International University

    #4896 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    100%

    Graduation

    43%

    Student body

    2K

    Fairfield, IA

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Sustainable Business
    • Required Credits: 58
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Sustainability Measurement and Reporting
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Pennsylvania State University

    #78 institution's historical influence

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    69%

    Median SAT/ACT

    1190/26

    University Park, PA

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MPS in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems

    Concentrations

    • Solar energy
    • Sustainability Management and Policy
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee

    #9467 institution's historical influence
    #103 overall school desirability

    Acceptance

    24%

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/27

    Sarasota, FL

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MA in Global Sustainability
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Northeastern University

    #294 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    20%

    Graduation

    90%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1465/33

    Boston, MA

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    Master in Global Management

    Concentrations

    • Creative industries and design thinking
    • Data science
    • Development and innovation
    • Digital audience strategy
    • Health care delivery
    • Integrated health care
    • Legal studies
    • Nonprofit leadership and management
    • Public administration
    • Public policy
    • Sustainability solutions
    • Sustainable Tourism Global affairs
    • Global business
    • Global digital transformation
    • Global entrepreneurship
    • Required Credits: 49
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    REQUEST INFO
  24. #24

    Arizona State University

    #131 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    74K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Global Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online

Back to top.

Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

Resources for Prospective Grad Students