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Sustainable Design

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Through a distance/ low-residency program that includes brief periods of intensive study in Boston, the BAC's online Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design creates leaders in the field of sustainability. In classes with leading practitioners and thinkers in the field, students acquire the technical expertise, leadership skills, and resolve required for the vital work of transforming how we create and occupy our buildings and communities.


Coursework is grounded in whole systems thinking, a philosophy which holds that the built environment should be designed as a set of interactive systems engaged with the larger systems of nature and society.

  • Hands-on workshops in Boston with leading practitioners immerse students in whole systems thinking.
  • Elective courses in sustainable design theory and history, building design, neighborhood and community planning, construction, and facilities operation give students the chance to refine and focus technical skills.
  • A final thesis project hones leadership skills by engaging students in an independent design or research project...more.


The MDS in Sustainable Design can be completed in four semesters. The program allows some flexibility  in scheduling online electives which can be taken over more semesters to accomodate work schedules...more.