Sustainability in the Urban Environment, Master of Science

Fall Admissions Deadlines: February 1st
Spring Admissions Deadline: September 15th

To respond to the increasing demand for a workforce equipped to meet the sustainability challenges of the 21st century, The City College of New York offers the Sustainability in the Urban Environment graduate program. This innovative, hybrid, and interdisciplinary program draws upon emerging approaches across the disciplines of architecture, engineering, science, and the social sciences. 

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Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Urban Sustainability: Only here at CCNY

Student capstone project research teams often partner with external organizations such as The City of New York, NOAA, and NASA.

More than 10 International students join the Program each year

Internship and project opportunities with the CUNY Building Performance Lab

Three current students have been awarded NOAA-CESSRST Fellowships to support their studies

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Student Info

A passion for climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas is the uniting feature of our culturally and academically diverse student body. While students most often join the Sustainability Program with an undergraduate background in Architecture, Engineering, or Science, we are also a Program of Policymakers, Educators, and Artists, just to name a few. Graduates go on to work in various settings—City Agencies, Architecture Firms, and Sustainability Consulting Practices among them. Some students continue with their studies at the PhD level and several alumni now teach in the Program. 

Faculty Info

Sustainability coursework is taught around the University with the flexibility for students to study with faculty from several different Departments and Divisions. The governing Executive Committee, for example, is currently made up of two Architects, two Chemical Engineers, two Earth and Atmospheric Scientists, an Economist, and a Geographer.  Our Program Director Professor Kyle McDonald is also Part-Time Faculty in the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Group of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

Curricular Innovation, Urban Sustainability

Curricular Innovation

Opportunities within coursework to build technical and software skills in Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Python, and Life Cycle Assessment / Pathways for students to become Certified Passive House Designers / New electives on emerging Sustainability trends offered each year on topics such as energy transition, urban farming, and climate and environmental justice / Capstone projects with topics selected by student teams. Many projects go on to present at conferences and/or publish their work.

Admissions Facts

Total Credits: 30
GRE Required: No
Minimum Language Test Scores: 550 (TOEFL PBT), 79-80 (TOEFL IBT), 6.5 (IELTS), 53 (PTE) or 100 (Duolingo)
Degree Awarded: M.S.

Study Options: Part-time, full-time, in person, hybrid, and online

Supporting Documents Required:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement

Program Advisor: Katherine Gloede Silverman

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Here is a short video to learn more about the program!  

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Last Updated: 12/05/2023 15:15