The Master of Science degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC) uses a bioregional approach to distance learning, in which students apply what they learn in each course to their local communities. MRSC students research regionally specific examples of land-use planning, economic development, energy production, food systems, and social justice while developing skills in leadership, group organization, and conflict resolution.
From urban areas to small towns, citizens are rethinking traditional approaches to providing food, energy, transportation and effective governance in response to rapid environmental and economic changes. As we adapt to conditions brought about by a changing climate, depletion of fossil fuel supplies, and growing inequalities in wealth and access to vital resources, the MRSC program gives students the skills to develop, advocate, and implement fundamental changes in how communities function.
"If we have one need on this planet, it's for resilient and sustainable communities, so it's good someone is thinking hard about how the heck to build them!" Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder of 350.org
At the heart of this program is the understanding that sustainability depends on creating resilient communities which can adapt to changing conditions in ways that allow them to evolve without losing their fundamental identities.
Our online MRSC program consists of 36 credits. We cap each course at 22 students, but our typical class size is 15-18 students: perfect for individualized attention and quality group discussion.
"As we move beyond the late-industrial forms of society, most of our new ideas will come from the collaborative, playful minds of younger generations. It’s an honor preparing a space for them to learn and share and lay great plans. But because the challenges ahead will no doubt threaten to overwhelm them at times, we must also celebrate their dedication, help them build connections, and surround them with the most inspiring models we can find. It seems the least we can do.” Dr. Laird Christensen, Director of the Master of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities