Master of Design Studies Sustainable Design Curriculum

The low-residency/online format of the BAC's Sustainable Design master's degree enables it to be completed in four semesters. The program allows flexibility in scheduling online electives to allow room for work and other demands.

Included in the degree is a thesis project that connects theory and practice through mentored research and design.

Students may choose to develop a building, landscape or interior design project. Others focus on a research, policy or business interest. The result is an educational experience that establishes a foundation of knowledge for launching a career in sustainable design.

A course in leadership is included in the final semester in which students select an "opportunity scenario" from their professional lives and are coached in addressing this scenario with skills of leadership developed in the program. 

  • Curriculum Requirements
  • Elective Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3 

Semester 4

*Courses include onsite intensive component

Total Academic Credits: 33

Students generally start the program in the fall semester but spring semester starts can be accommodated by taking DME2073 Visusal Communication, TSM2001 Sustainable Systems and/or more electives in the first semester. Please contact the program director Michael Fiorillo RA, RLA ( with questions about spring semester starts.

DME2073 Visual Communication

TSM2001 Sustainable Systems