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Master of Design Studies Sustainable Design

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The Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design is a 4-semester degree designed to teach students about the practices, processes, and materials with which we can create a truly sustainable built environment. The BAC is a national leader in online sustainable design education, and our coursework is built around whole systems thinking—the philosophy that design of the built environment should be engaged with the larger systems of nature and society.

The curriculum covers subjects ranging from green building design to sustainable community planning to policy and advocacy. Coursework is highly customizable, examining everything from energy, water, air quality, and materials and resources to preservation, construction management, land use, and research methods. A final practical thesis project allows students to explore an independent design or research project related to their specific area of interest.

The Highlights

  • Flexible online courses allow students to earn their master’s degree in sustainable design while working full time.
  • We use a range of digital tools to support online learning, including Skype, VoiceThread, and WebEx desktop sharing.
  • Instructors are professionals in the field and bring current perspectives into the digital classroom.
  • Week-long residencies on campus in downtown Boston allow students to connect with their faculty, collaborate with their classmates, and engage hands-on with their coursework.
  • The BAC is a fully accredited nonprofit college with more than 125 years of experience educating design professionals.

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Master of Design Studies Sustainable Design Curriculum

is the program right for me?

If you are someone who is already a part of the building industry and wants to sharpen or develop your skills in sustainable design, or if you are someone who would like to contribute to the creation of a sustainable built environment as a sustainability officer, an author, a researcher, a consultant, an advocate, or in a number of other roles, the BAC's master's degree in sustainable design can help you reach your goals.

Alex Wilson, founder and executive editor of Environmental Building News and a national leader in the field of sustainable design research and education, serves as senior mentor for the program. He provides guidance to students pursuing an in-depth design or research project of personal interest.

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