Degree Options

The program’s curriculum is a combination of lectures, labs and studios, where students build their knowledge base and then synthesize their learning in large complex, and oftentimes, real-world sustainability projects.

Once you are accepted into the program you can review what option that is the best fit for you with your advisor. Below are brief descriptions of the degree options for your consideration.

NEW! Online Program

The fully online MS in Sustainable Design program at Philadelphia University features the same learning outcomes as the award winning on-campus program with a flexible and convenient course structure while offering experience in collaborating in online digital environments. Click here to learn more about the full online program.

12-Month Accelerated Full-Time Program

This 12-month accelerated full-time degree program allows students to focus on green building design in an intensive educational experience. Due to the course sequencing requirements to achieve this degree in 12 months, only those with degrees and some experience in the design or engineering of the built environment will be admitted to this program. This program is not for those students wishing to work while attending school.

2-Year Full-Time Program

This 2-year full time program allows students to spend the time needed to delve deeply into the more detailed aspects of sustainable design, engineering and architecture. Students in this track will be encouraged to plug into ongoing research projects at the Engineering and Design Institute as well as other grant funded projects at the University. This track is most suitable to those students who are accepted as graduate research assistants or for international students seeking educational opportunities in this country.

18-Month Hybrid On-Line/On-Campus Program

This track is ideal for those who live far away or for those who would like to lessen the workload of the accelerated program. Students take 6 - 12 credits on-line starting in the January before attendance on-campus in the fall semester. In this way, the on-campus experience is limited to 9 credits each semester or less - a normal graduate level course load. This allows international students to spend one calendar year away from home, which saves time and money. students wishing this track should apply to the on-line program and then transfer into the on-campus program.

2-Year Part-Time Option

The 2-year part-time program is ideal for the working professional who is seeking to gain specific expertise in sustainable design and who wants to add credentials in this rapidly growing field. This program typically entails two nights per week of classes totaling six credits. Classes begin in late afternoon or evening with 3:30 p.m. as the earliest start time. Students may elect to take one course per semester.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Practices

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Practices Program is geared towards working professionals seeking to build their knowledge base and credentials in the field of sustainable design, engineering and construction of the built environment. This 12 credit program offers a wide array of critical skills including the LEED® rating system, development aspects of green building, the basics of energy modeling and life cycle assessment.Credits earned in the Certificate Program can be transferred into the MS in Sustainable Design program. Interested students must submit an application to the appropriate master’s option (campus-based or online) and meet all admission criteria.   

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