BCT at Mount Ida Campus

Study with Building and Construction Technology (BCT), UMass’ leading education and research program in sustainable construction, building science, and technology.

Established as a center for student-focused experiential learning and a hub of research-industry collaboration, UMass’ Mount Ida Campus offers a wealth of opportunities for undergraduate, graduate, and professional education (University Without Walls) students as they engage in their academic pursuits and prepare for meaningful and rewarding careers.

Located in Newton, adjacent to the Newton-Needham Innovation District, and the tech-focused Route 128 corridor, the campus is growing its career development programs with expanding access to internships and co-ops in the thriving Greater Boston area.

Academic Programs and Courses

BCT is starting to offer courses and academic programs on the Mount Ida campus. At this point, we provide the following:

  • Standalone, for-credit, full semester, professional education courses (through UMass UWW) in an in-person or hybrid format (online plus in-person). See below for our current list.
  • A graduate certificate in Sustainable Building Construction, which can be taken one course at a time (i.e. part-time).
  • While we are not yet offering our MS in Sustainable Building Systems on this campus, students can enroll and take courses towards this program here and then finish their studies in Amherst (or vice-versa).

Courses Offered

We are currently offering the following professional education courses at the Mount Ida campus. Those are either fully in-person or hybrid courses (online and in-person). Anyone can enroll into these through a per-credit fee-based process through UMass’ University Without Walls (UWW) system.

Fall Term (Sep-Dec):

  • Introduction to Building Energy Modeling (BCT 597BE)
  • Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (BCT 597N)

Spring Term (Jan-May):

  • High Performance Building: Issues and Perspectives (BCT 597Q)
  • Introduction to Building Energy Modeling (BCT 597BE)
  • Legal Aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and the Construction Process (BCT 597N)

Learn more about these and our other courses on our UWW Professional Education page. You can always find our upcoming courses and enroll here:

Find Courses and Enroll

Events and Workshops

The following upcoming events on the Mount Ida campus are affiliated with our program or organized by BCT:

Subscribe to these events!

Internships and Co-Ops

For Employers:

Many of our students pursue internships (and co-ops) in the Boston area. If you are seeking interns, post your ad on the BCT Job Board (to reach BCT students directly) and Handshake (to reach all UMass students) or attend our career fairs. The Mount Ida campus can then provide housing, food, and other amenities (including academic programs, e.g. courses) for the time of the internship.

For Students:

Keep an eye on your UMass email for internship announcements that come either directly or via the BCT Job Board. Also, sign up at Handshake and fill out your profile (especially the skills section). You can then search for internships or have companies contact you. If your internship is in the Boston area, then our Mount Ida campus can provide housing, food, and other amenities (including academic programs) for the time of the internship.

Where is the Mount Ida Campus?

This full-service campus is located in Newton, MA and is easily reachable by car (ample parking provided) and public transit (via shuttle from nearby T-stops).

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