MS in Sustainable Design


College of Architecture & the Built Environment


Master of Science


East Falls


Online, On Campus, Hybrid (Online and On Campus)




1.5 - 2 Years

The MS in Sustainable Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University works from the realization that deep sustainability and resilience is complex and requires a radically new approach to learning and design. Students study energy efficiency and also go beyond that to explore and understand how the built environment at all scales impacts ecosystems, microclimates, communities and society, and the experience of spaces. Understanding how all of these elements interact and how to intentionally alter them in a comprehensive design solution is fundamental to the program and creates a truly unique learning experience.

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 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.

The program also qualifies as a STEM program which allows international students to apply for a 24-month extension to their Optional Practical Training.The Master of Science in Sustainable Design is a STEM designated program (CIP Code 04.0902).

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Curriculum Highlights

In addition to our flexible delivery options for the MS in Sustainable Design, students can also earn certificates in four areas — Sustainability LeadershipDesign of Living Buildings, Resilient Communities or Green Building Operations — or focus entirely on the Master's program.

Projects range from high performing sustainable design projects to sustainable initiatives for non-profits and start-ups. Industry and community 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.

Faculty Highlights

Our faculty are comprised of theory-based full-time professors 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. 

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