MS in Sustainable Design
The Sustainable Design program at Thomas Jefferson University was developed by a group of the country’s top sustainable designers and experienced sustainability professors. The result is an award-winning trans-disciplinary, collaborative design program. Students build problem-solving skills to develop market-driven solutions to become leaders in sustainable design to better serve society.
Jefferson is among the first in higher education to offer stackable continuing education units, so you can create a degree that is best for you. With flexible options, you can earn their certificates in Passive House Design, Sustainability Leadership, Design of Living Buildings, Resilient Communities or Green Building Operations; or take the entire MS in Sustainable Design degree. Classes are offered on campus in East Falls, online or a hybrid of both.
Our professors are comprised of theory-based full-time faculty and practicing professionals with diverse backgrounds in architecture, engineering, design, sustainability leadership, and construction management. Based on an integrated design education model, the program offers a unique advantage by introducing students early in the design process to experts, design options and real-world constraints.
Projects range from high performing sustainable design projects to sustainable initiatives for non-profits and start-ups. Industry partnerships feature prominently, providing networking opportunities and hands-on practice with real-world challenges. Strong integration with the design and sustainability community in Philadelphia provides students and graduates ample opportunities for internships, volunteer positions, and job placement.
The program also qualifies as a STEM program which allows international students to apply for a 24-month extension to their Optional Practical Training.
Developed by top sustainability practitioners and experts, this award-winning program fuses design, engineering and industry, emphasizing market-driven innovation to help you become a leader in global sustainability. With both online, on-campus and certificate options, the curriculum focuses on mastering integrative sustainable design practices leading to high performing resilient projects.
- Gain hands on experience on projects with real clients.
- Prepare to address and solve 21st century environmental problems.
- Online options allow you to progress in the field at your convenience.