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Our built environment consumes the majority of the energy and resources we use as a society; it is imperative that we design and implement design practices that improve rather than degrade the natural systems upon which we rely. The Sustainable Design Certificate provides knowledge and expertise in sustainable design and construction of the built environment that can lead to career advancement in a wide range of fields. Designers, construction personnel, property managers, building department officials, facilities professionals, engineers and many other professional roles can benefit from a rigorous curriculum in sustainable best practices.

"The classes were significantly more demanding and rigorous than I had anticipated for online education, and I found that there was a very positive, stimulating aspect to the wide diversity of student backgrounds."
—Elizabeth Russini, architect



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Certificate Enrollment

The Sustainable Design Certificate is fully online and open to students studying from anywhere in the world. 

Enrollment in the Sustainable Design Certificate* requires the submission of the Certificate Application Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For additional information, please contact us by email at or by phone at 617.585.0135.

Certificate students must begin academic coursework in the program within two academic semesters of submitting the enrollment materials.

*An undergraduate degree is recommended, but not required for enrollment in the certificate program. Courses in this program are taught at the graduate-level. 

Program Requirements

The Sustainable Design Certificate program requires the completion of six courses for a total of 9 credits. Sustainable Design Certificate students take the same courses as graduate students in the Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design program


Six Courses / 9 Credits

Students can choose six courses from the Sustainable Design Certificate curriculum below to meet their particular interests and goals. There are many course options; including topics in energy and resource use, water and air quality, healthy materials, preservation, construction management and land use. Many of these Sustainable Design courses are approved for AIA Learning Units. Contact with questions about AIA approved courses.

Courses offered vary by semester. Visit Continuing Education Courses for current offerings. Click below for course descriptions.