Interested in studying in BCT? There are several ways you can join the program:


Undergraduate freshman admissions are not handled directly by the program or department. Follow this link to the UMass admissions office and submit your application there.


The BCT program is very accommodating for transfer students. If you are a transfer from outside of UMass, consult the UMass admissions office (linked above) and follow their instructions. If you are already a UMass student (undeclared or already in a major), then you can easily transfer to BCT by having one of our faculty members sign a “Change of Major” form. Contact BCT’s Chief Undergraduate Advisor using our contact form to make an appointment. Once you are in the program, a BCT advisor will sit down with you and lay out a plan for your studies based on your previous courses and our requirements.

If you have any questions or would like to visit BCT to learn more about us, contact the Chief Undergraduate Advisor using our contact form.


Applicants need to seek admission to the department’s Environmental Conservation Graduate Program (with concentration in Building Systems). General guidelines for admissions into our graduate degrees can be found at the Department of Environmental Conservation’s graduate program webpage.

Candidates for the Building Systems Concentration will be admitted on the basis of their academic training, work experience, statement of intent and letters of recommendation. At a minimum, candidates will be expected to possess:

  • Undergraduate grade-point average: Minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, with 3.2+ desirable
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Personal statement
  • Graduate Record Exam (no minimum required level, but a combined score of 1100+ is desirable). TOEFL may also be required if English is your second language.
  • Faculty sponsor:
    • All prospective research graduate students (M.S. or Ph.D.) must be sponsored by a faculty member who is willing to serve as advisor before they will be accepted into the program. Therefore, interested students should contact the faculty members whose research and teaching align most closely with their own interests.
    • All professional master’s students need to clearly indicate their interest in this program in their applications materials. Because of the course-based nature of their studies, the BCT Concentration Coordinator will serve as their dedicated faculty advisor.
  • Letters of interest can be sent anytime, but official applications should be submitted before 1 February for Fall Semester or 1 October for Spring Semester. Late applications will be retained for consideration in the next admissions period.

General guidelines for graduate admissions can also be found at the University’s Graduate School website.

If you have any questions or would like to visit BCT to learn more about us, contact the Graduate Concentration Coordinator using our contact form.


Last updated: July 2, 2015