Sustainable Systems Management

Advancing society's goals of sustainability in our global economy and for the environment

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*** Sustainable Systems Management is new! It was formerly called Bioproducts Marketing and Management. ***

Are you interested in gaining the knowledge and skills to integrate the goals of economic growth and development in global markets with protecting public health and the environment?

Sustainable Systems Management is a comprehensive systems approach to advancing solutions for processes and products, commercial and industrial businesses, buildings, and energy systems that promote sustainability.

Decisions in the private and public sectors are being made with greater consideration of their full range of economic, environmental, and social impacts. Greater global demand for energy, land, water, and other raw materials are forcing us to rethink how we use our resources for the greater good. There are tremendous opportunities to address these needs by closing material loops, recovering resources, increasing energy efficiency, minimizing and mitigating environmental pollution, ensuring best-management practices over entire supply chains, and embracing renewable resources and renewable energy, sustainable technologies, materials, and products.

Areas of Specialization

Students can specialize in one of the following four areas depending on your interests in business and the environment or technology. Click on them to learn more about course requirements, careers, and undergraduate research opportunities.

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Sustainable Products Business Management

Apply sales, marketing, and business management to advance the goals of products and technologies and bring them closer to consumers

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 Corporate Sustainability Systems

Advance the goals of sustainability within a business, industrial, corporate, and non-profit organization context

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Building Science and Technology

Explore opportunities that can enhance the performance of houses and building systems

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Energy Systems

Focus on the advancement of sustainable energy systems, solutions, and their applications


Employers want graduates with the kind of skills the U of M's Sustainable Systems Management program can provide for their organizations and the world. Take a look at employers of our recent graduates.


  • Fall 2016 SSM Enrollment: 35
  • 2015-2016 SSM Graduates: 21

Visit and Apply

Sustainable Systems Management is offered by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science (CFANS).  Schedule a CFANS campus visit or apply for admission today!

Additional questions or requests to meet with faculty or tour labs can be directed our SSM Major Coordinators, or fill out our online Contact Form.
SSM Major Coordinators: Professor Jason Hill, and Professor Omar Espinoza.


Sustainable Systems Management students have access to several department scholarships, on top of those received from the University and/or CFANS.  See our department scholarships page for criteria, guidelines, and application.