Doctoral Program in Sustainable Engineering

Doctoral Program in Sustainable Engineering

Villanova’s College of Engineering offers a PhD program leading to a Doctorate of Philosophy. In 2015, the College added a PhD with a concentration in Sustainable Engineering, providing students with the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with professors from other disciplines who fully understand the impacts of decisions across all dimensions of engineering.

Embracing a “whole systems thinking” approach, the program challenges and exposes students to complex problems and presents multiple technological solutions using the STEEP model – Social, Technical, Economic, Environmental and Political.

This practical approach is applied to current and future real-life scenarios in which students work together to solve problems faced by companies and organizations worldwide.  In addition to traditional research, students will have the opportunity to work hands-on with industrial or organizational sponsors, providing sustainable solutions and watching their ideas come to life.

Students interested in pursuing this advanced degree can contact Dr. Ross Lee, Sustainable Engineering PhD coordinator at

Research Areas

Renewable and Alternative Energy
Sustainable Materials
Sustainable Infrastructure
Environmental Sustainability
Water Resource Sustainability
International Development

Degree Requirements: PhD= 48 credits (6 classes plus a 30-credit dissertation)

Consider This

PhD Checklist

  1. Identify and Contact a Faculty Member about Willingness to be Advisor
  2. Admission / Seek Financial Aid (if desired)
  3. Read the Ph.D. Handbook / Ph.D. Program Checklist
  4. File Plan of Study
  5. Begin Formal Classes
  6. Pass Qualifying Exams
  7. Form Advising Committee
  8. Pass Comprehensive Examination and Advancement of Candidacy
  9. Dissertation Oral Defense
  10. Final Dissertation Submission