Sustainable Engineering

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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 our 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

Student Projects

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.

Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering

Manayunk Brewery

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Sustainable Materials

Home Insulation

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STEEP Analysis

Metro Transit Options

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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.

Life Cycle Assessment

Longwood Gardens Greenhouse

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Waste Heat Recovery

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Sustainable Supply Chain

Hershey African Cocoa Farming

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Corporate Partners

Launched in 2015, the RISE Forum (Resilient Innovation through Sustainable Engineering) is the nation’s first and only initiative to address issues of corporate sustainability and sustainable enterprise through the discipline of engineering, specifically a graduate program in Sustainable 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 our graduate students an invaluable opportunity to tackle “real world” sustainability issues confronting industry and challenges them to use whole systems thinking to bring new and innovative solutions to life. Working alongside faculty and industry leaders, students employ the STEEP Model (Social, Technology, Environmental, Economic and Political) integrators to fully assess the life cycle impacts of a given project, process or product.


International development

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a global compass for achieving human and economic development that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. Engineering and technology will play a prominent role in the achievement of the SDGs, thus requiring a generation of engineers prepared also as development practitioners, equipped to confront the multi-dimensional complexities of development challenges. The Villanova Sustainable Engineering for International Development Initiative aims to meet this challenge.


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 allows students the flexibility to earn their degree on their terms. With the synchronous learning option, students are able to participate in class in real-time from anywhere in the world. When their schedules permit, working professionals also have the option of joining their classmates on campus. 

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.

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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 six track options below:

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

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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