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Confronting Global Challenges Together

The world’s most pressing problems do not know disciplinary boundaries, and so solving them will require a new transdisciplinary approach to engineering and other interventions impacting the built environment. The University of San Diego’s Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health (MESH) degree is designed to bring together practitioners from different professions impacting the built environment within critical approaches to sustainability, health and human development in order to produce the innovative solutions needed for our collective future. 

Make an impact!

Facilitate the integration of different disciplines to take a critical approach to sustainability, design and development that will have a significant impact on planetary health.

MESH 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 engineering, sustainability and health.

Move within your organization into areas concerning energy, water, humanitarian aid, corporate social responsibility and international development. 

Beyond professional development, you will be able to:  

  • Solve complex interdisciplinary challenges relating to engineering, health, development, peace, ecology 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.

The right time for THis Online Program

The University of San Diego’s online MESH program has been developed by professionals of several disciplines who are deeply committed to the causes of global social and eco-justice, health politics, and education. Focus on one of the core MESH issues: food, water, waste, and energy.

MESH directors and professors, renowned in their fields as well as in critical pedagogy, created this advanced degree program because of their belief that it was needed for the health and well-being of the planet. They 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.

Who Is This Degree For?

Experienced professionals and recent graduates who want to design and implement innovative solutions that address our greatest challenges relating to environmental sustainability, social and economic development, economic justice and global health.

The Master of Science in Engineering, Sustainability and Health degree program welcomes the change agents, innovators and disruptors of tomorrow.

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.

Program Snapshot

Application Deadline
April 8, 2024

Program Length
20 Months

Total Credits


Why Choose University of San Diego?

Top-ranked university and engineering school

The MESH 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.

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Enjoy flexible online classes

No time to attend class full-time? Don’t live in the San Diego area? Not a problem. Our flexible schedules are ideal for working professionals and accessible to students from around the world.

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High level of 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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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.