About the Program

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The M.S. in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University was developed by a group of the country’s top sustainability practitioners and experienced sustainability professors. The result is an award-winning program that fuses design and industry. The curriculum transcends disciplines and cultures with respect to the interconnected nature and constant evolution of sustainable practice. Students build problem-solving skills to develop market-driven innovations to become leaders in economic, environmental, and societal sustainability for the 21st century global community.

Our faculty is made of practicing professionals with diverse backgrounds in architecture, engineering, design and construction management. Based on integrated design education, the program offers a unique advantage by immediately introducing students to experts, design options and real-world challenges. They must quantify and build their ideas in a collaborative environment; actualization of projects can range from small prototypes to full-scale working structures for non-profits and community groups. Industry partnerships feature prominently, providing networking opportunities and hands-on practice with real-world challenges. A strong integration with the sustainability community in Philadelphia provides students and graduates ample opportunities for internships, volunteer positions, and job placement. With flexible scheduling options, students can earn their M.S. in Sustainable Design in as little as 12 months.

Student Work

 

Kevin Frost

TThis Project completed by Kevin Frost (2010 Grad) is representative of a design thesis as submitted for partial fulfillment of the MS in Sustainable Design Program at Philadelphia University.

 

Alan Jalon, Chris Wilcox

This Project is representative of a design thesis as submitted for partial fulfillment of the MS in Sustainable Design Program at Philadelphia University. Alan, and architect and Chris, a builder combined to propose a water purification system in an old indoor pool for the Philadelphia Water Department.

 

Sally Azer

Sally Azer’10 Completed this Living Building Challenge Project for her Thesis in the MSSD Program at Philadelphia University.

 

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