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, 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 (typically Fall-Spring-Fall), 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 Architecture & Engineering" in the CCNY schedule of tuition and fees.

Most applicants will hold a Bachelor's degree in architecture, engineering, or in the sciences from an accredited US college or university. Foreign applicants and applicants with degrees in other fields (e.g. environmental studies or social sciences) may also possibly qualify for admission and are 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

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  • The Sustainability in the Urban Environment Program accepts applications for students who begin the program each fall and spring. For the upcoming regular admissions cycle (Fall 2020) the application deadline is April 1st, 2020. This is extended due to the current COVID-19 pandemic disruptions. The application process (online only) is managed by the Graduate Admissions office at City College. Please direct all application questions there. Applications for Spring 2021 admission will be due September 15th, 2020. Non-degree applicants wishing to take a class in the Fall semester before joining the Program can apply anytime before August 15th, 2020. 

  • Our Sustainability Graduation Ceremony will take place Wednesday, May 27th at noon over Zoom. Please E-mail the Program Manager for details. 

  • We are happy to introduce our brand new Program Blog: Sustainability and the City. We welcome post ideas anytime from alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the Program. 

  • Our March 18th Webinar on Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Disease with expert Dan Brooks can now be viewed via the recording online on our YouTube channel here or​. Please feel free to share! 

  • The remainder of the semester will be online classes via distance learning. To reach the Program directly, please select Request More Information at the top of the page in order to receive a quick reply via E-mail.

  • Adjunct Professor Opportunity - Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Analysis 
    The interdisciplinary Sustainability in the Urban Environment Master of Science program at the City College of New York (CUNY) seeks an instructor for one of the program’s in-person core courses: Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Analysis. This is a Fall 2020 offering that would begin in late-August, 2020, meeting Monday evenings and running 14 weeks at the CCNY campus in West Harlem, New York City. For an overview of the program and the curriculum, visit our website​. Compensation information based on PSC-CUNY contracts can be found here​. The ideal candidate may be offered the option to teach a more advanced three-credit course on this topic. Applicants should have a relevant PhD or be currently pursuing a PhD with relevant teaching experience. To apply, please send CV and cover letter via email to Katherine Gloede Silverman: