M.S. in Sustainable Engineering Degree Requirements

Courses and Thesis Requirements

Because of its multi-disciplinarity, the degree will require that all enrolled students take a core curriculum consisting of three courses in the general area of sustainability. These core courses will expose the student to the broad topic of sustainability with elements in engineering design and practice, policy, economics, societal implications, and ethics. Although the core courses may be offered within a specific department, they are available to all students pursuing the degree as their content has a wide range of applicability.

The proposed degree will require thirty (30) credits. Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned an academic advisor who will assist the student in developing a program of study for the MS degree and along with the Program Coordinator, approve the plan of study. The plan of study will be composed of:

Thesis Option

Course Credits Total
Three Core Courses 3 9
Four Courses in Track 3 12
M.S. Thesis 9 9
Total Credits   30

Non-Thesis Option

Course Credits Total
Three Core Courses 3 9
Four Courses in Track 3 12
Three Elective Courses 3 9
Total Credits   30

Only two courses may be transferred from another program with approval. Courses used towards another degree cannot count towards this degree. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the above courses is required for graduation.

Five Year BS (Another Field of Engineering) and MS in Sustainable Engineering: Non-Thesis Option

Course Credits Total
Three Core Courses 3 9
Four Courses in Track 3 12
Three Elective Courses 3 9
Total Credits   30

Up to three graduate courses can be taken during your senior year in a BS program in engineering. These three courses cannot meet requirements in your undergrad program if they are to be used for the MS in Sustainable Engineering Program. The MS degree must be completed in your fifth year immediately following your undergrad degree to take advantage of these courses. This option is only open to Villanova undergraduate students. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from the above courses is required for graduation.

Other Degrees

Sustainable Engineering MS degree courses may be selected to satisfy the requirements for other MS degrees or Certificates offered by the College of Engineering with the approval of the department.

Examples include: robotics, machinery dynamics, electro-mechanical systems, intelligent systems, and power systems. Conversely, any certificate program used as part of the Sustainable Engineering MS degree must be appropriate for the student's background and must also be approved by the department academic advisor and program coordinator.

Full-time/Part-time Options

Both thesis and non-thesis options may be taken as a full-time or as a part-time student.