Master's Programs in Sustainable Innovation for Business

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC)
New York, NY


Details at a Glance

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Degrees Offered

Business for Social Impact and Sustainability
Sustainable Fashion
For-Credit Professional Development Courses
Non-Credit Professional Development Courses

Our Program

At Glasgow Caledonian New York College, we are the architects of tomorrow, recreating the future through a more compassionate lens.

Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC) is New York City’s College For the Common Good. Dedicated to education through the lens of sustainability, GCNYC leverages nearly 150 years of academic excellence to bring a distinctly global perspective to its degree programs. The College is located at 64 Wooster Street in the heart of the vibrant and historic SoHo neighborhood of New York City. For the convenience of its students, classes are offered in the evenings and online.

Founded by Glasgow Caledonian University, which has more than 20,000 students worldwide, GCNYC shares a commitment to people, planet, and profit with a smaller, tight-knit community of students, faculty, and staff.

GCNYC's hands-on graduate offerings, all taught through the lens of social impact for business, include:

  1. M.S. in Business for Social Impact & Sustainability
  2. M.S. in Sustainable Fashion
  3. Non-Credit Professional Development Courses
  4. For-Credit Professional Development Courses

The curricula provide students with the knowledge, skills and ability needed for increasingly responsible leadership roles as global stewards of sustainability, social responsibility, and business ethics and compliance. The programs are practical, relevant, research-based and purpose-driven. The programs are intended to be hands-on and transferable. They draw upon real-life examples including case studies to challenge students to immediately practice what they have learned in class. All programs are conveniently scheduled for part-time and full-time students and designed with working professionals in mind. Students complete the program in 12 to 16 months. 


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Additional Requirements

The Admissions Team at GCNYC reviews student applications holistically. With the Common Good mission embedded in the institution, our students immerse themselves in a learning community, mindful of the wider global context, and with core values of integrity, responsibility, creativity, and compassion.

Interested prospective students are encouraged to think of their own values and let those shine through in the statement of purpose and supplemental essay. More information on what is expected of the essays can be found below:

Statement of Purpose: 750 words maximum

The statement of academic purpose should address the following:

  1. Your reasons for applying to the program and your interest in GCNYC’s Common Good mission
  2. The specific skills and attributes you will bring to the program
  3. How you believe the program will impact your future career goals and plans

Supplemental Piece: 250 words maximum

The supplemental piece should discuss an area of interest (as it relates to social impact and sustainability) you would like to further explore during your studies. This may morph into a potential avenue for your thesis.

Application Deadline

GCNYC's Admissions Team encourages all students to submit the application as early as possible to ensure a timely review process before the program reaches capacity.

International students are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by the Early Action deadline to ensure ample time for the visa process and to secure accommodations.

Application decisions are delivered on a rolling basis, electronically through the application portal, roughly one week after an application is submitted with all materials.


With the COVID-19 pandemic still ever-present, GCNYC will work closely with interested students looking to join us in 2021-2022, understanding challenges lie ahead. Please feel free to reach out to to discuss further with an Admissions team member. We are the College For the Common Good, and we are all in this together.

January Term

Early Action Deadline: November 5

Regular Decision Deadline: January 3

April Term

Early Action Deadline: January 21

Regular Decision Deadline: April 11

September Term

Early Action Deadline: June 11

Regular Decision Deadline: August 8

Student Body

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    pound115 Students


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Clubs & Associations

Student Governance Association (SGA)

Student Governance Association (SGA) represents and advances the interests of the GCNYC student body. The mission of the SGA is to empower and unify the GCNYC student body. The mission will be met through student advocacy and organized interrelations between students, administration, and faculty.

SGA was created to represent, empower, and unify the student body across all cohorts, facilitating cross-functional dialogue between students, faculty, and administration. Joining the SGA is a great way to meet and network with students, as well as established industry professionals who are faculty and friends of the school.

SGA is open to every student at GCNYC. Approximately two students per cohort serve on the SA board for at least two full trimesters. 

What Our Students Say

  • "The fact that GCNYC’s curriculum included sustainability – I found it was an important topic to immerse myself in, the integrated approach with business interested me, as well. It was delightful to learn alongside professionals in different industries; I’ve learned a lot throughout the whole process and journey."

    Angela Rodriguez, Master of Science in Business for Social Impact & Sustainability ‘20
  • "I am in Penn Station, traveling to Newark airport, and I run into an old colleague. She was working for GCNYC and told me she had never been more fulfilled than when she started working there. This prompted me to want more information about GCNYC. A week later, I was in the office, and two weeks later I started. From day one I felt so passionate and so fulfilled and so eager for the next step for myself- I knew it was right."

    Nancy Rhodes, Master of Science in Sustainable Fashion ‘20
  • "GCNYC provides a unique opportunity to study in small cohorts alongside students motivated by impact and excellence. The MS program provides a one of a kind, interdisciplinary approach to driving positive change by managing uncertainty and turning it into a competitive advantage. Recent events have showed us just how critical these skills are to optimizing outcomes in this dynamic world."

    Shai Hacker, Master of Science in Risk, Resilience, & Integrity Management ‘19

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Location & Contact

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