For the Greater Great

Where can a Master of Science in Sustainable Engineering take you?

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The capacity to meet the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Enough, for All, Forever.

What's our Impact?

The global population and affluence will continue to grow, and humanity’s impact on Earth is expected to double by 2030. The only way to reduce impact is to fundamentally redesign our global technology. And sustainable engineering is the solution.

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Sustainable Engineering Across The Globe

Solar headlamps
in Nicaragua

An MSSE student put her idea to the test and gained first-hand insight into the challenges of making it work.

Yard’s Brewery in Philadelphia, PA: A Life Cycle Assessment

MSSE students performed an in-depth life cycle assessment to determine areas the Brewery could improve its processes, and ultimately reduce operating costs.

Real World Applications

Students in the program have the opportunity to not only learn from their textbooks and case studies, but through real-world application of their skills and knowledge.

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Online Program Preview

Our online course (no cost or credit hours associated with it) allows you to browse six learning modules at your own pace in order to understand the core teachings of the MSSE degree program.

Whether you casually browse the modules, or take an in-depth look, the choice is yours!

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MSSE Program Information

Earn Your MSSE Degree Full-time,
Part-time, or Entirely Online

We know you’re busy, so we have made the MSSE program convenient for any lifestyle. Program options include:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Online via our E-Learning Program

Villanova’s award-winning E-Learning program has made it possible to earn your graduate engineering degree anywhere in the world. 

Utilizing technology that gives you access to course materials and lectures 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and through the use of video teleconferencing and the latest rich-media Web broadcast, you can move at the pace that your lifestyle and schedule permit.

Read more about Villanova’s E-Learning Program.

Admission Requirements
and Curriculum

Villanova’s MSSE is 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. This program is available to engineers, as well as the non-engineering degree holder. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions page for information applicable to all Graduate Engineering Admissions.


MS = 30 credits (10 classes)
Certificate = 15 credits (5 classes)

Multidisciplinary in nature, the MSSE degree requires all students to take four core courses:

  • Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Life Cycle and Impact Assessment
  • Economic and Social Equity Integrators
  • Sustainable Materials and Design

Students then take four courses from one of the five track options below:

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy
  • Water Resources Sustainability
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Sustainable Infrastructure and Built Environment
  • Sustainable Materials

Students may also select a six-credit thesis or two elective courses. For a full list of courses and course descriptions within each track or general admissions information, visit

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