Graduate Programs (Professional M.S., M.S., Ph.D.)

The Department of Environmental Conservation offers graduate programs in the “Building Systems” concentration at both the M.S. and Ph.D. level through the Building and Construction Technology program.

At the M.S. level, students have the option of pursuing either a professional degree or thesis degree. The thesis/dissertation degree leads to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree and centers around the completion of a major independent research project in addition to a modest coursework requirement. The professional degree leads to the M.S. degree and centers around a professional paper based on an internship/practicum in addition to a more substantial coursework requirement.

Both degree options provide students a strong foundation in three core topic areas: core science (environmental building systems, biology, ecology and conservation), 2) quantitative science (GIS/BIM, building design, statistics, modeling), and 3) human dimensions (resource values, policies, programs and economics). The M.S. thesis degree is intended to prepare students for the option of pursuing a Ph.D. and an eventual career in science. The M.S. professional degree is meant to be a terminal degree for students seeking graduate-level training in a particular field of study and a career as a professional scientist. Overall, the academic requirements of this concentration in combination with the research/practicum experience provide students the necessary training for sustainable building positions within academia, non-governmental building organizations, and private industry (e.g., environmental design consulting firms). In addition, M.S. degree students completing this program are well prepared to meet the challenges of any Ph.D. program.

Areas of Study

BCT currently specializes in the following areas of study in our graduate programs. Follow the links to learn more about the topics.

>> Green building specialization
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Wood engineering specialization

Professional M.S. Degree

Students in this concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for an M.S. degree in ECo (Department of Environmental Conservation), as outlined in the Graduate student handbook, including the following:

1)     A minimum of 35 credits is required, 21of which must be in the major (defined broadly), 8 of which must be at the 600 level or above, and 6 of which must be an internship/ practicum specific to this concentration and approved by the student’s advisory committee;

2)     Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based upon the student’s academic training in environmental conservation, encompassing three “core” topic areas (core science, quantitative and physical science, and human dimensions) in addition to the required ECo core courses; and

3)     Successful final defense of a publishable-quality professional paper resulting from the internship/practicum.

M.S. Thesis Degree

Students in this concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for an M.S. degree in ECo, as outlined in the Graduate student handbook, including the following:

1)     A minimum of 35 credits is required, 21of which must be in the major (defined broadly), 8 of which must be at the 600 level or above, and 12 of which must be a thesis specific to this concentration and approved by the student’s advisory committee;

2)     Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based upon the student’s academic training in environmental conservation, encompassing three “core” topic areas (core science, quantitative and physical science, and human dimensions) in addition to the required ECo core courses;

3)     Successful final defense of the thesis; and

4)     A minimum of one publishable-quality scientific paper resulting from the thesis research project.

Ph.D. Degree

Students in this concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in ECo, as outlined in the Graduate student handbook, including the following:

1)     A minimum of 18 dissertation credits is required, based on a research project specific to this concentration and approved by the student’s advisory committee; no other course credits are required other than those determined by the student’s advisory committee;

2)     Successful completion of a comprehensive exam based upon the student’s academic training in environmental conservation, encompassing three “core” topic areas (core science, quantitative and physical science, and human dimensions);

3)     Successful final defense of the dissertation; and

4)     A minimum of three publishable‑quality scientific papers resulting from the dissertation research project.

More Information

>> M.S. Requirements Checklist
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Graduate program description and Handbook
>> Building Systems Degree Requirements (PDF)

Page Translation

>> Belorussian

Building Systems Concentration Coordinator:

Dr. Peggi Clouston, P.Eng.
Associate Professor

University of Massachusetts
160 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9285, USA
Phone: +1 (413)  545-1884
Fax: +1 (413) 545-4358
Email: clouston [Email address: clouston #AT# eco.umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

Last updated: August 17, 2011