Masters in Sustainable Engineering

The M.S. Degree in Sustainable Engineering (MS SE) is housed within the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI), with the degree granted from the Swanson School of Engineering.  The 30-credit degree was designed to integrate with current M.S. programs in engineering, providing students with the opportunity to complete two M.S. degree programs with a limited time increase.

  • Provide advanced education to graduate students to identify and solve sustainability issues using systems approaches in the context of the triple bottom line of environmental, societal, and economic problems.
  • Create a rigorous program with breadth and depth to propel graduate students to foster sustainable technologies, science, and practices in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Create regional and nationally scalable sustainability solutions through service learning projects with a cohort of students.
  • Provide students with experiences that enable them to communicate sustainability issues and solutions to multiple audiences.

The admission requirements for the MS SE are the same requirements as the Swanson School of Engineering, located at http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/Admissions-Academics/Admissions/Graduate/_Content/Admissions-Process/

Applicants for the MS SE will be judged on the student’s prior academic record, the accreditation of the prior degree granting school, and the capability of the program to match the applicant’s interest. A recent graduate of an ABET-accredited engineering program will be granted admission on the basis of his/her undergraduate academic record. Typically, an applicant should have earned a B average (cumulative quality point average of 3.0/4.0) or better.

A total of 30 credits are required to earn the The MS SE professional master’s degree.

The degree is structured so the participating student is required to take five core courses and five electives.

 The five core courses are as follows:

  • ENGR-2905: Current Issues in Sustainability
  • CEE-1610: Engineering and Sustainable Development
  • CEE-2609: Life Cycle Assessment Methodologies and Tools
  • 1 course from Katz Business School or Graduate School of Public and International Affairs approved by MCSI advisor
  • ENGR-2907: Sustainability Capstone

The first course, Current Issues in Sustainability, provides a common foundation for sustainability and unites all incoming graduate students with various backgrounds. The following three required courses (1) Engineering and Sustainable Development, (2) Life Cycle Assessment Methodologies and Tools and (3) Elective from Katz Business School or Graduate School of Public and International Affairs are meant to teach critical thinking, emphasize systems thinking and, provides insights into the triple bottom line of sustainability. 

The core courses will culminate in a Sustainability Capstone experience.

A detailed list of all elective courses can be found at http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/ApprovedElectives/. Current tracks of Sustainable Built Environment and Infrastructure, EnvironmentalandWater Sustainability, Energy, and Green Computing are used to guide a student’s curriculum. The list of electives will continue to expand as sustainability courses are created. 

 

Related Faculty

Faculty

Department/School

Kyle Bibby

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Leonard Casson

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Alex Jones

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Vikas Khanna

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Paul Leu

Industrial Engineering

Thomas McDermott

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ian Nettleship

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Bryan Norman

Industrial Engineering

Piero Rizzo

Civil and Environmental Engineering

David Sanchez

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Goetz Veser

Chemical Engineering

Jeffrey Vipperman

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Application

Contact

Dr. David Sanchez
Assistant Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering
Assistant Director for Education and Outreach
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
412-624-9793
davidsanchez@pitt.edu

 

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
3700 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
mcsi@pitt.edu

Mascaro Center

Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
University of Pittsburgh
Swanson School of Engineering
153 Benedum Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

mcsi@pitt.edu

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