Updated 12/11/2023

One of only a few such programs in the country, Villanova University’s Sustainable Engineering graduate program prepares its students to use a whole-systems approach to problem-solving through a lifecycle lens.

Ideal for those interested in gaining further expertise and knowledge in the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable engineering, the program is open to engineers as well as the non-engineering degree holder.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the master's program weaves theory, assignments, guest lectures and case studies with team project experience.

The core courses also use interactive, critical thinking sessions to build students’ awareness and gain better appreciation of the STEEP (social, technological, environmental, economical and political) issues that are inter-related on most product, process and system views.

Core Methodology

If we are to live off “nature’s income” rather than continue to reduce “nature’s capital,” our global economy will need to:

  • Utilize whole-systems thinking
  • Employ a life cycle lens
  • Focus on reducing environmental, social and economic impacts
  • Calibrate for social justice issues
  • Filter for the resilience of a system
  • Learn from nature – embrace biomimicry
  • Evaluate the interdependence of issues within a system

Our Community

Pursuing an engineering master's degree at Villanova is to become part of a close-knit scholarly community. Professor are highly available and engaged in their students' success.

Master's in Sustainable Engineering:

  • 63% female
  • 41% part-time
  • Average age: 30
  • Total enrollment: 58

Student Research

Our students tackle real world sustainability issues confronting industry and use whole systems thinking to bring new and innovative solutions to life. Explore student research projects.

Flexible Options

Classes are conveniently held in the evenings to allow you to successfully balance work and family while earning your degree. You can participate in class on campus, in real-time (synchronously) via our E-Learning program, or on your own schedule through recorded materials and lectures. Our graduate programs are unique in that you can combine online and on campus options, attending class and participating remotely depending upon your availability and preference. You can also complete your sustainable engineering graduate degree entirely online. Learn more about the opportunities of E-Learning.

Successful Outcomes

Graduates of Villanova's Master's of Sustainable Engineering program go on to careers at companies such as:

Air Products


Capital One



Johnson Matthey


PNC Capital Advisors


Dr. Bridget Wadzuk
Director of Sustainable Engineering
Professor, Edward A. Daylor Chair in Civil Engineering

Lexi George
Program Coordinator