Graduate Studies: Sustainable Building Systems (M.S. and Ph.D.)

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Sustainability is a vital issue in today’s world. Scientists, politicians, and the public recognize the detrimental impact of wastefulness and over-reliance on non-renewable resources. This is particularly true in the building industry, where daily decisions can have a critical impact on the health and well-being of the community and the environment. Many aspects influence sustainability in the built environment: Site selection and environmental modification, design of buildings and structures, choice of materials and structural systems, selection and sizing of building energy systems, construction processes and waste streams.

Building accounts for approximately 40% of U.S. primary energy consumption
(USDOE)

BCT’s graduate study options provide students with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the interrelations and sustainability implications of the entirety of a building’s systems. Through course-based study at the Master’s level or research-based study at either the Master’s or Doctoral level, students acquire necessary professional knowledge, influence the scientific discourse, and prepare themselves for successful careers in the broad fields of green building and sustainability in the built environment.


BCT offers three graduate study options:

  • A professional Master’s (M.S.), which allows students to complete a graduate coursework-based direction of study that does not include research or a thesis. This degree requires 35 graduate credits and usually takes 1-2 years to complete.
  • A research Master’s (M.S.), which centers on a research project and combines it with graduate coursework. This degree requires 35 graduate credits (including a 12-credit thesis) and usually takes 2-3 years to complete.
  • A doctoral degree (Ph.D.) with its main focus on an independent, advanced dissertation research topic. Course requirements are set mainly by the advisory committee. This degree usually takes 3-5 years to complete.

All of these are offered through the “Building Systems” concentration of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s graduate program. You can learn more about the different program options on the following pages:


Admission and Deadlines

Apply by:

February 1st for a Fall Semester start
October 1st for a Spring Semester start

Visit the admissions page for information on the application process. We also have information about financial aid on this site.


Questions?

We are happy to answer any questions. Use our contact form to send us a note.


Building Systems Concentration Coordinator

PLCloustonDr. 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# umass.edu - replace #AT# with @ ]

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Last updated: July 3, 2015