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 an industrial or public planning based career, who desire to gain cutting edge knowledge in sustainability practices for building systems development and its infrastructure.

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 graduates of the Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems program should display a high level of engineering knowledge in a broad range of architectural engineering, civil engineering, and construction management while embracing the concepts of engineering sustainability as related to energy and materials usage and the effects on the environment. Graduates will have the base training necessary to lead efforts within companies to plan and implement sustainable practices for the design and operation of buildings, realize energy and materials efficiency improvements, and minimize environmental impact. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to take the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate examination, providing them with an internationally recognized certificate in this field.

The MS in Sustainable Building Systems can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program. 


The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about two years, however it might take longer if the student participates in co-op.

Degree RequirementsCourse-Only
Option
Engineering
Leadership
Required core courses12 SH12 SH
Open electives12 SH0 SH
Restricted electives8 SH4 SH
Leadership coursesN/A16 SH
Minimum semester hours required32 SH32 SH

 

* Updates to the Sustainable Building Systems MS Curriculum

  • Addition: Minimum 3.000 GPA required
  • Addition: Gordon Engineering Leadership Option
    ENLR 5121Engineering Leadership 12 SH
    ENLR 5122Engineering Leadership 22 SH
    ENLR 5131Scientific Foundations of Engineering 12 SH
    ENLR 5132Scientific Foundations of Engineering 22 SH
    ENLR 7440Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 14 SH
    ENLR 7442Engineering Leadership Challenge Project 24 SH
     Advisor-approved SBS technical courses16 SH
     Program Total Credits32 SH
    Learning Outcomes

    The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

    • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.