Degree Requirements

Students in the Sustainable Building Systems concentration are expected to meet all of the requirements for an M.S. professional degree in Environmental Conservation, , including the following:

  • A minimum of 30 credits is required: 2 of which will be ECO 692C, Sustainable Building Systems & Construction Technology (1 credit each semester) and 1 of which will be ECO 692S, Readings/Sustainable Building Systems (Seminar) (1 credit Fall semester). The remaining 27 credits are to be specific to this concentration and approved by the student’s advisory committee; 15 of which must be at the 500 level and 12 of which must be at the 600 level or above.

  • Up to six of the 12 minimum 600 level credits may be an Independent Study/practicum (ECO 696/698).

  • Up to 6 credits can be transferred from previous course work from UMass or another university (subject to approval of the Graduate School).

  • Successful completion of all course work, while maintaining a good academic record during professional master’s studies.

  • The student’s grade-point average (GPA) must be at least 3.2.

  • Successful completion of an Exit Interview based upon the student’s academic training, with the format and extent determined by the student’s faculty advisors.

More information:

 Sustainable Building Systems Concentration (section from the ECo Graduate Handbook)

 Prof. Masters Practicum Guidelines

 ECo Graduate Student Handbook

 Environmental Conservation (ECo) Graduate Program

 UMass Grad School Student Handbook

Courses and Curriculum

Courses satisfying our degree requirements come from BCT and several other disciplines and are listed on this page:

 Building Systems Graduate Studies Course Listing

A page showing all BCT courses offered (including our undergraduate courses) is available on this site as well.

Incoming students will develop an individualized curriculum based on their background and currently available courses with the Professional Master’s Chief Advisor.