Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering


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Villanova’s Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering (MSSE) is a multi-disciplinary degree, ideal for those who are interested in gaining further expertise and knowledge with regard to the full environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable engineering.

A unique degree useful for engineers and non-engineers alike, MSSE graduates can advance in areas such as corporate sustainability, project management green construction, and more. Watch videos of current students and graduates.

Most courses are available through E-Learning, which offers much-needed convenience and flexibility, and students can earn their degree entirely online.


The Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering may be pursued by the non-engineering degree holder, provided he/she can present evidence of proficiency in:

  • Mathematics
  • Basic Science
  • Engineering Science

In the absence of such evidence, the applicant may be admitted provisionally, but will be required to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses that will depend on the applicant’s background and intended track. These undergraduate courses will not count towards the degree. Upon completion, the candidate can then be granted regular admission status into the program.

Please refer to the College of Engineering’s Graduate Admissions page for information which applies to all graduate engineering applicants.

Degree Requirements

Thesis Option

Three Core Courses (3 credits each; 9 credits total)
Four Courses in Track (3 credits each; 12 credits total)
MS Thesis (9 credits)

This option requires a presentation of the thesis work at a conference or at Villanova. Thesis requires research advisor and program director approval.

Total Credits: 9 (core) + 12 (track) + 9 (thesis) = 30

Non-Thesis Option

Three Core Courses (3 credits each; 9 credits total)
Four Courses in Track (3 credits each; 12 credits total)
Three Elective Courses (3 credits each; 9 credits total)

 Total Credits: 9 (core) + 12 (track) + 9 (elective) = 30

Tracks and Courses

The MSSE allows students to specialize in one of the following technical tracks:

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Watershed Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Built Environment

In addition to courses within their chosen track, students are required to take core courses in:

  • Climate Change/Sustainability
  • Life Cycle/Impact Assessment
  • Economic/Social Equity Integrators

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.

Upon acceptance into the program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will assist you in developing a program of study and, along with the program coordinator, approve the plan of study


William Lorenz, Program Director or 610-519-6195