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Confronting Global Challenges Together

The world’s most pressing problems do not know disciplinary boundaries, and so solving them requires a new approach, one that reaches beyond borders and professional limits.

The University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health (MESH) degree is designed to bring together students from a wide range of backgrounds that impact the built environment and take a critical approach to sustainability, health and human development in order to produce the innovative solutions needed for our collective future.

You might be:

  • 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 indigenous land and local flora and fauna.
  • peace builder who wants to understand more about the impact of mining on local communities.

Together, we’ll work across disciplines, ask the right questions, and help each other find better solutions.

Leading-edge, timely Online Program

There is no other program like MESH! 

The University of San Diego’s online MESH directors and professors developed the program together with professionals across multiple disciplines who are deeply committed to the co-creation of technological developments for the future, which are socially and ecologically just, healthy and sustainable.

In turn, we invite you to build upon your experience and background, learn to see through the lens of other disciplines to implement new and emerging sustainable technologies in four key areas: food, water, energy, and waste; all while designing just transitions that are cost-effective and achievable for local communities.

Program Snapshot

Application Deadline
August 2

Program Length
20 Months

Total Credits


Career Options

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.

Be Better Equipped To Tackle Our Planet’s Challenges Of Today & Be Part Of Making A Healthier Future For All!

Program Structure

  • 20-month program
  • Earn your degree without leaving home
  • Access your classroom any time, day or night
  • Courses are offered year-round
  • Focus on one 7-week class at a time
  • Convenience and flexibility

Why Choose University of San Diego?

Committed to creating a just world

You’ll be part of a culture that embraces environmentally and socially responsible practices and processes through student action, faculty research, curricula, and daily operations – resulting in lasting change for both society and the planet.

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Academic excellence

The master’s degree you’ll earn as an online graduate student has the same prestige, clout and academic rigor as any earned by campus-based graduate students.

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Flexible online classes

No time to attend class full-time? Not a problem. Our flexible schedules are ideal for working professionals and accessible to students from around the world.

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Top-ranked university and engineering school

The MS-ESH degree program is offered through USD’s Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering – ranked #13 among the nation’s non-doctoral-granting engineering schools by U.S. News & World Report.