Sustainable Systems students can pursue the Master of Science (M.S.) degree or the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. These programs have separate degree requirements.

M.S. Degree

The M.S. degree program with an emphasis in Sustainable Systems is intended to provide students with an education and thesis/report experience that is cross-disciplinary. This program aligns with CAEE’s Strategic Plan, which focuses on the Cities, Water, and Energy nexus, challenging Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineers to address complex problems through innovative and cross-disciplinary solutions. 

Ph.D. Degree

The Ph.D. program with an emphasis in Sustainable Systems is highly flexible to accommodate a wide range of student educational objectives and research interests. Overall, however, the Ph.D. program demands very high standards of scholarship from students. Students are expected to develop both great depth and breadth in their knowledge and to conduct research that is a significant and original contribution at the frontiers of knowledge. The program is intended to prepare students for careers in teaching and research in academia or careers in research and advanced engineering applications in industry.

Background Preparation

Students without an undergraduate degree in engineering can be admitted to the graduate program but must satisfy additional coursework requirements. This list of additional requirements is designed to ensure that graduates know fundamental engineering principles and can be registered as professional engineers.


Admissions decisions are made on the basis of many factors, including GPA, test performance (e.g., GRE, TOEFL), letters of recommendation, and research and/or work experience.

When applying for Sustainable Systems, please make sure you are specific in your Statement of Purpose (SOP).

Program Coordinator:
Professor Zoltan Nagy 

More information or to apply.

Financial Support

Limited financial support is available in the forms of Graduate Research Assistantships, Teaching Assistantships, and Fellowships.