Master of Science in Sustainable Building Technology

New Post-Professional Degree:
MSc Sustainable Building Technology

Master of Science in Sustainable Building Technology is a 30 credit post-professional degree that answers the need for practitioners in a diverse number of fields to gain a more comprehensive understanding of new emerging technologies in the areas of sustainability and building performance. Students in this program will gain expertise in three primary areas:

  • Advanced design of building system integration
  • Advanced environmental system design
  • Advanced performance-based design

Students with a professional degree in architecture, interior design, civil engineering, and architectural engineering are all encouraged to apply. The degree plan is set up for working professionals and is unique compared to other building technology degrees for how it culminates with a design thesis. 


The only program of its kind with studio courses in Texas with 30 credit hours: 21 hours of required courses including two studios, and 9 hours of electives, which include the following required courses: 

  • Performance based design
  • Green design and construction
  • Energy use and conservation in architecture
  • Environmental control systems

Electives permit students to focus upon areas of interest including:

  • High performance facades
  • Digital research and prototyping
  • Construction sustainability
  • Advanced wood timber design
  • Digital fabrication methodology

Four tracks to accommodate busy working professionals:

  • 3 consecutive semesters for full-time students
  • 4 consecutive semesters for full-time students
  • 4 non-consecutive semesters for full-time or part-time students
  • 5 consecutive semesters for part-time students

Graduates will gain enhanced marketable skills:

  • Performance-based design data literacy
  • Energy conservation assessment and problem-solving
  • Cross-professional communication

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook 2018-28: “Demand for architects with a knowledge of ‘green design,’ also called sustainable design, is expected to continue. Architects should be needed to design buildings and structures that efficiently use resources, such as energy and water conservation; reduce waste and pollution; and apply environmentally friendly design, specifications, and materials.”1

Studio Culture Policy

Civilized behavior among students, faculty and staff based on mutual respect is expected in all settings but is particularly important in design studios due to their time-intensive nature.