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Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems

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 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
Required core courses12 SH12 SH
Open electives12 SH0 SH
Restricted electives8 SH4 SH
Leadership coursesN/A16 SH
Minimum semester hours required32 SH32 SH


Educational Objectives

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. Upon graduation, students will have a theoretical background to understand the concepts behind the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 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.

Learning Outcomes: 

The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

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

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