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 is a one-year program providing graduates with an opportunity for an in-depth study of sustainability topics as they relate to the built environment. Potential topics to be pursued are: sustainable building materials and structural systems, building performance and energy conservation, energy modeling, digital design and fabrication, green development and planning, and LEED certification.

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 recognizing that an MS degree opens the door to excellent employment opportunities in the marketplace.

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 come from BCT (Courses Offered by BCT for Professional Master’s Degree) and from several other disciplines (Courses from other 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. professional degree in ECo (Department of Environmental Conservation), as outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook, including the following:

  1. Required Core Courses (2 credits; 1 credit each semester)
  • BCT 590S – Topics in Sustainable Building Systems and Construction Technology
    (Fall & Spring – Prof. Fiocchi, 1 credit each semester)
  1. Core Topic Areas (min. 27 credits) including:
  • 21 of which must be in the major (defined broadly)
  • 8 of which must be at the 600 level or above
  1. Practicum (6 credits):
  • An internship/ practicum specific to the student’s concentration and approved by the Professional Master’s Faculty Advisor.
  1. Comprehensive or Exit Exam:
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive or exit 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 core courses.
  • Successful final defense of a publishable-quality professional paper resulting from the internship/practicum (optional).

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.


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

Professional Master’s Advisor

L. Carl Fiocchi, Ph.D.

R: 337 Olver Design Building
T: +1 (413) 545-1866