Engineering Science MS: Focus on Engineering Sustainability

Students in Costa Rica looking at wind mills

Sustainable engineering is the process of designing or operating systems to use energy and natural resources in a manner that does not compromise the natural environment, social equity or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Engineering Science: Engineering Sustainability

Director of Graduate Studies
John D. Atkinson

233 Jarvis Hall

About Engineering Sustainability

Engineering Sciences MS with a course focus in Engineering Sustainability is a 1 or 1 and 1/2 year (30 credit hour) multidisciplinary program designed to train students in the core areas of Fundamentals of Sustainability, Economic Perspectives in Sustainability, Engineering for Sustainability, Ethics of Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Manufacturing.

Students may choose additional courses in renewable energy, environmental quality, engineering management and other relevant topics.

Careers in sustainability and renewable will experience significant job growth, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. A master’s degree in this growing field provides students with advanced coursework, research opportunities and the leadership training skills necessary to begin their career as an environmental engineer, conservation scientist, environmental specialist, community services manager, wind power technician, or several other positions.  

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical sciences are invited to apply. The GRE is required for all applicants; waivers for domestic students will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The program will be mostly course-based with a required final culminating research paper. Thesis and project options are also available based on prior arrangement with a faculty member.

All applicants who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency by taking an English language proficiency exam. For more information about these exams please see:


Fall Semester

  • SSN 501 Fundamentals of Sustainability*
  • MAE 500 Renewable Energy*
  • CIE 500 Ethics of Natural Resource Management*
  • Engineering Elective
* - denotes required course

Spring Semester

  • CIE 5xx Engineering for Sustainability*
  • EAS 500 Economic Perspectives on Sustainability*
  • MAE/ISE 521 Sustainable Manufacturing*
  • Engineering Elective

Up to 6 additional credits of Engineering Electives can be distributed in either semester (including as 5th class) and/or winter or summer to support a one-year pathway. If a project or thesis option is followed, then 3 project credits or 6 thesis credits can be subsituted for course credits.

* - denotes required course

Engineering Electives (preliminary list, subject to approval)

CE 500 Energy and Environment

CE 514 Petroleum Engineering

CE 522 Electrochemical Energy and the Environment

CIE 556 Physical and chemical processes for water reuse

CIE 563 Air pollution

CIE 568 Biological treatment processes

CIE 569 Brownfield restoration

CIE 561 Wind engineering & turbulent flow

EE 570 Renewable Distributed Generation and Storage

EE 571 Sustainable Energy

EE 582 Power Systems Engineering

EE 611 Smart Grid: Economics, Policy and Engineering Aspects

EAS 521 Engineering Management 1 and/or EAS 522 Engineering Management 2

MAE 510 Wind Energy Conversion

For further information

Please contact


Director of Graduate Studies John D. Atkinson