As part of the graduate program in Environmental Conservation, we are offering a professional Master’s program (M.S.) in the Sustainable Building Systems concentration. This self-funded, course-only 1-2 year program provides graduates with an in-depth study of sustainability topics as they relate to the built environment. Topics covered are energy conservation, LEED certification, sustainable building materials, as well as green development and planning.

Who should enroll?

  • Architects, Engineers, Builders and Building Officials who wish to enhance their knowledge of sustainable building methods and materials.
  • Design and construction professionals who desire a deeper understanding of the environmental impact of construction and ways to mitigate it.
  • Students in the building field seeking a focused, non-thesis graduate program that allows for interdisciplinary study and practical training.

You Will Learn

  • Energy conservation methods in residential design
  • LEED-certified building requirements
  • Design with sustainable building materials
  • Green planning and development policies
  • Green initiatives on infrastructure, roads and bridges

Courses will naturally come from several disciplines. Students will be required to integrate concepts of resource stewardship, economic vitality, and social equity.

Degree Requirements

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, 21 of 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.

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.


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