Sustainable Building Systems, MSSBS

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.

Degree Requirements Full-Time Study Part-Time Study
Core courses 12 12
Restricted electives 8 8
Open elective 12 12

Graduate Certificate Options

Students who are officially accepted into a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering may apply to pursue one of the following graduate engineering certificates in addition to the MS or PhD. Please visit the links below for additional information about each graduate engineering certificate program, related requirements, and how to apply.

Chemical Engineering

Computer Systems Engineering

Energy Systems

Engineering Management

Industrial Engineering

Telecommunication Systems Management

Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership

Master's Degree in Sustainable Building Systems with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership

Students may complete a master's degree in Sustainable Building Systems in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate 
in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the16 semester-hour-curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32 semester hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved Sustainable Building Systems technical courses.

Engineering Leadership

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Course Work

Core Requirements

ARCH 5210
and ARCH 5211
Environmental Systems
and Recitation for ARCH 5210
SBSY 5100Sustainable Design and Technologies in Construction4
SBSY 5200Sustainable Engineering Systems for Buildings4


Complete one of the following options.

Course Work Option

Open Electives
Complete 12 semester hours from the following:12
Financial Reporting and Managerial Decision Making 1
Financial Reporting and Managerial Decision Making 2
Environmental Protection and Management
Behavior of Concrete Structures
Behavior of Steel Structures
Value Creation through Financial Decision Making
Valuation and Value Creation
Real Estate Finance and Investment
Environmental Issues in Manufacturing and Product Use
Restricted Electives
Complete 8 semester hours from the following:8
Integrated Building Systems
Life Cycle Assessment of Materials, Products, and Infrastructure
Construction Management
Construction Project Control and Organization
Legal Aspects of Civil Engineering
Alternative Project Delivery Systems in Construction
Financial Management for Engineers
Information Systems for Integrated Project Delivery

Certificate Option

Students completing this option receive a Graduate Certificate in addition to the master’s degree. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding the certificate options.

Required Course Work
Complete 16 semester hours of graduate certificate course work.16
Complete a minimum of 4 semester hours from the course lists above.4

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required