Graduate Studies in Sustainable Engineering

Andres Jester presenting

Villanova’s Master’s in Sustainable Engineering is one of the first such degrees in the country. Designed for both engineers and non-engineers, the program is ideal for those interested in gaining further expertise and knowledge in the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainable engineering. All students in the program tackle real world sustainability issues confronting industry and use whole systems thinking to bring new and innovative solutions to life. Our graduates are working for companies such as Air Products, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Dow, Chegg, Johnson Matthey and more.

Villanova’s Sustainable Engineering program offers five track options:

  • Alternate and Renewable Energy

  • Sustainable Infrastructure & Built Environment

  • Sustainable Materials

  • Sustainable Systems 

  • Water Resources Sustainability

The program also offers a unique international development focus that takes the graduate program’s whole systems, life-cycle approach engineering and technology and applies it to sustainable development objectives globally.

Sustainable Engineering can be pursued part time or full time, on campus or online through the traditional master’s degree program, as well as a graduate certificate. A PhD program with a concentration in Sustainable Engineering is also available.

Collaborate with Industry Partners on Sustainability-Driven Projects

Established in 2015, the RISE (Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering) Forum  is the only leadership forum dedicated to advancing the field of corporate sustainability through the discipline of engineering. As a vehicle for academic–industry collaboration, RISE enables graduate students to work directly with members on company-defined sustainable engineering projects and prepares graduates to address the full spectrum of sustainability issues confronting industry in the 21st century and beyond.

RISE Forum projects provide an invaluable opportunity to tackle real-world sustainability issues using whole systems thinking to bring new and innovative solutions to life. Working alongside faculty and industry leaders, students employ STEEP model (Social, Technology, Environmental, Economic and Political) integrators to fully assess the life cycle impacts of a given project, process or product.

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 or participating remotely depending upon your availability and preference. You can also complete your sustainable engineering graduate degree entirely online.

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One graduate says..

“I'm grateful to have been part of a graduate program that was small enough to allow me to interact with all of the other graduate students and all of the faculty. It helped me develop a really well-rounded approach to my research.”

Emily Harris ’20 MSBChE, Associate CAR T Cell Scientist, Janssen Pharmaceuticals