Sustainable Environments

Master of Design in Sustainable Environments

The Master of Design in Sustainable Environments (MDesSE) focuses on sustainable design strategies, systems and materials for environmental and product design.

This three-semester (fall, spring, & summer), 35-credit graduate course of study offers opportunities to work on a variety of faculty-directed projects that may include funded research, community-based design work and theoretical investigations. The program addresses sustainable design at multiple scales, engaging both systems and artifacts.

Through this degree program, students will:

  • Gain awareness of individual professional roles and responsibilities for new practices, technologies and methods of design for sustainability,
  • Learn to engage in critical reflection in a team-based, interdisciplinary design process, and
  • Acquire new knowledge and skills in sustainable design that support entrepreneurship and professional leadership in the development of opportunities and markets for artists and designers.

The interdisciplinary program is geared toward students who hold professional degrees in art, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, graphic design, industrial design, planning and/or engineering.

Application Requirements
Curriculum *Note: Students may choose to distribute the credits over additional semesters beyond three
Course Descriptions

Double Degree Opportunities
Earn the MDesSE and a second degree simultaneously through our double degree options, which include the following programs:

You may also pursue the MDesSE with the Master of Science (M.S.) in Architecture as a concurrent degree opportunity.

For application information and other questions, contact:
Meredith Foley, Graduate Recruitment and Student Services Coordinator
Marwan Ghandour, Director