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The MS in Sustainable Building Systems integrates elements of an architectural engineering program with construction management while embracing the concepts of engineering sustainability as related to energy and materials usage and the effect on the environment.

Open to students with backgrounds in architecture, engineering, business, and science, as well as industry professionals, the program provides real preparation for building systems design and infrastructure development.

Housed in the College of Engineering, the Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems integrates elements of an architectural engineering program with construction management while embracing the concepts of engineering sustainability as related to energy and materials usage and the effect on the environment. The Sustainable Building Systems program focuses on the design and operation of buildings to provide a comfortable, healthy, and productive environment and landscape with minimal energy and environmental impact. Prospective students for the MSSBS program are engineering, architecture, business or science majors, and industry professionals pursuing careers in architecture, architectural engineering, real-estate development, construction and facilities management and its related fields, who desire to gain cutting edge knowledge in sustainability practices for building systems design and infrastructure development.

The MSSBS program strives to address a societal need for professionals who will effectively integrate building systems development while embracing sustainable architecture, engineering, and management practices to satisfy the growing demand for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The program will prepare students for executive roles in sustainability engineering and architectural practice, development, and research in either the private or public sectors. Students will develop leadership and decision making skills to implement sustainable building practices. Elements in the program curriculum will include an overview of green building codes and standards including LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as well as other international rating systems. Students will be prepared to take the LEED Green Associate examination, an internationally recognized green building certification system, offered from the U.S. Green Building Council, post-graduation. Graduates of the MSSBS program will be involved in design and construction management, architecture and engineering design, and the decision making or policy planning that will deliver sustainable building systems to the global market.

The program’s mission is to educate students and provide advanced professional preparation in a specialized area of practice related to sustainable building systems development, engineering, architecture and management. The Sustainable Building Systems program focuses on the design and operation of buildings to provide a comfortable, healthy, and productive indoor environment with minimal energy and environmental impact. Students develop leadership and decision making skills to implement sustainable building practices in either the private or public sectors in the global market. The program will prepare the student to take the LEED exam, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification system, offered from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Applicants to the program are expected to have an undergraduate degree from an accredited engineering or architecture Bachelor’s program. Qualified applicants with a scientific or management background will also be considered. Applicants are expected to have computer skills commensurate with an accredited undergraduate engineering program and college-level calculus along with an introduction to linear algebra and differential equations, as well as basic courses in Statics and Strength of Materials.

Exposure to architecture courses, introductory structural analysis and design courses, and a construction management course at the undergraduate level are encouraged. Foundational coursework in these fields is available to students to bridge any gap in their technical backgrounds. However, credit for these courses will not count towards the degree.

The successful applicant should have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.000/4.000 or higher from an accredited U.S. school. An international applicant or applicant with a non-engineering undergraduate degree, in addition to the minimum 3.000/4.000 requirement, should submit GRE and TOEFL scores with a minimum 650 (Quantitative), 400 (Verbal), 3 (Analytical), and 90 (computer or internet versions or equivalent paper based version), respectively. It is anticipated that applicants who are admitted will be targeted to have over a 3.300/4.000 undergraduate GPA coupled with GRE scores of over 730 Quantitative, 450 Verbal, and 3.5 Analytical, or higher.

The degree requirements are successful completion of at least 32 SH of coursework. The curriculum will be structured so that a student can complete the program in two semesters (eight months) if desired. There is no thesis requirement and no culminating oral defense. The program is flexible and can accommodate part-time students who can complete the program requirements by taking one to two courses per semester.

Require Core Courses: 16 SH

Restricted Electives Courses: 8 SH

Open elective Courses: 8 SH

Minimum Semester Hours: 32 SH