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


The Sustainability Masters degree program consists of 30 credits of coursework. All students who successfully complete the program requirements receive a Master of Science in Sustainability degree from CUNY/The City College of New York. As a rule, earning the degree requires at least three semesters of full-time study (beginning in Fall or Spring), and more for those who study part-time. Costs of the program will differ depending on whether a student is a New York state resident or nonresident. The tuition rates that apply are those designated "Masters in Engineering" in the CCNY schedule of tuition and fees. Courses are offered both online and in person with most students operating in a hybrid capacity (with occasional in person learning, but a majority online). Students may complete the Degree fully online and in a synchronous distance-learning format, with the exception of International Students who must complete the vast majority of coursework in person depending on Visa requirements. Students wishing to complete the majority of the Degree in person on the CCNY Campus in Harlem may also do so. 

Most applicants will hold a Bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, or in the sciences from an accredited US college or university. International applicants and applicants with degrees in other fields (e.g. environmental studies or social sciences) are also encouraged to apply. For all applicants, the expectation is a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) are not required. More information can be found on the Eligibity & Applications page. We require THREE letters of recommendation for all applications to the M.S. Program. 

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The Sustainability in the Urban Environment Program accepts applications for students who begin the program each Fall and Spring. The deadline for Fall, 2024 is February 1, 2024. The deadline for for Spring, 2025 is September 15th, 2024. 

Our New Advanced Certificate in Urban Sustainability is forthcoming. The four course certificate can be completed in person or online, and in 1-4 semesters.