Who Enrolls in the Engineering, Sustainability, and Health Master’s Degree Program?
We’re looking for change-makers, innovators, and disruptors from across all disciplines and backgrounds.
Whilst many of the problems we face may be related to our engineered world, the solutions cannot come from engineers alone – we will need to work together across disciplinary boundaries and create substantial alternatives to our current systems. Your experience does not need to be within an engineering discipline. The MESH program is designed for students and working professionals who are passionate about addressing the challenges that face our natural and built environments. For example you might have a background and/or relevant professional experience in areas including, but not limited to:
- Science and Technology Studies
- Planning and Sustainability Studies
- Urban planning
- Peace and Justice Studies
- Political Science
- Public, International, and Global Health
- Community and Global Development Studies
- Environmental Science
- Architecture and Urban Design and Planning
In order to co-create solutions for the right problems it is necessary to foster the development of changemakers who:
- Understand that the status quo cannot be sustained and that innovative, critical approaches to development are essential.
- Believe that socio-technical innovation holds incredible potential to address our greatest challenges, provided we are able to break out of our institutional and disciplinary silos.
- Know that we must critically assess institutions of power to better understand the interconnectivity of our communities and environment in the pursuit of justice.
Whether experienced professionals or recent graduates, from a STEM or non-STEM field, all are invited to participate in this program that prioritizes critical thinking, sustainable design, teamwork, creativity and innovation across multiple disciplines to achieve innovative praxis and novel technological solutions for global health.
For example, you might be:
- A health professional who understands that the built environment (eg., transport, energy systems, water and sanitation) affects the health of populations, and may want to make a difference, but may not know how to impact changes.
- An engineer working for a hydroelectric company, who wants to understand better alternatives to protect lndigenous land and local flora and fauna.
- A peace builder who wants to understand more about the impact of mining on local communities.
Together, we’re committed to thinking and working across disciplines and asking the right questions.
Engineering, Sustainability, and Health Careers
The global need to achieve more sustainable human and economic development has brought significant opportunities to environmental engineering and related fields in sustainability. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that two of the top three fastest growing occupations from 2019 to 2020 were green jobs. In fact, seven out of the ten fastest-growing occupations concerned areas related to sustainability or health.
The Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability, and Health degree provides graduates with the foundational skills needed to excel in the transformation of corporate, non-profit (NPO) and non-governmental organizations (NGO) committed to a balance between technology and the built environment, sustainability, and health. The program provides mid-career professionals with the capabilities to move within their own organization or to facilitate career changes into areas concerning energy, water, humanitarian aid, corporate social responsibility, and international/global development. This program is also ideal for parents returning to work after a career break, as they can stay at home with young children whilst studying.
With a focus on critical approaches to problem solving through innovation, MESH graduates are well positioned for leadership and managerial positions. Those who wish to begin their own venture will develop the capabilities and skills needed to create and manage their own equitable organizations. Other graduates will be able to leverage their skills and experience for greater upward mobility in their professions to become value-driven, critical change-making managers, executive officers, consultants, and instructors at colleges and universities.
Students are accepted throughout the year for admission into one of three semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall). Students typically take two courses in each 14-week semester, focusing intensively on one 7-week course at a time.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within one week of your application being submitted. For details on specific requirements needed for admission, please visit our Admissions page.
If you are interested in this program but do not meet all of the published admissions requirements, please contact an enrollment advisor via the form above.
The larger goal of MESH is to facilitate the integration of different disciplines in order to foster a critical approach to sustainability, design, and development that will have a key impact on global health and development. Beyond offering professional development, MESH positions its graduates to be able to:
- Solve complex interdisciplinary challenges relating to engineering, health, development, peace, ecological and justice individually and as part of a group.
- Trace the history of industrial and international development and globalization and their impacts on the built environment and the health of ecosystems and humans.
- Demonstrate mastery over fundamental concepts of health using one health, Eco-Health and planetary health frameworks and their implications for engineering.
- Explore and apply transdisciplinary capabilities related to new and emerging sustainable technologies in four key areas of waste, water, energy and food.
- Design “Just Transitions” to sustainable, healthy and proven alternatives in a manner that is cost effective and achievable for local communities on up.
Accreditation is an important quality indicator for college and university degree programs, generally regarded as a stamp of approval that ensures you will be able to apply for financial aid and transfer your credits if you decide to switch schools. Most state universities and private non-profit universities will have a regional accreditation. The University of San Diego has earned both regional and national accreditations.
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The MESH faculty has a unique combination of academic and practical experience. Their educational backgrounds and working experience span engineering, health, sustainability studies, and environmental justice with a focus on furthering the causes of global social and eco-justice, health politics, and education.
Additionally, the MESH program leverages ongoing input and insight from an advisory board of educators, consultants, directors and founders who work with NPOs, charities and international organizations committed to the promotion of peace, justice, indigenous rights, and sustainability.
Students can look forward to individual mentoring from expert faculty, especially over the course of their capstone project which will run throughout the entire program and enhance their applied knowledge, expertise, and professional portfolios.
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