Graduates of this program are prepared to pursue careers in their chosen fields with an understanding of basic sustainability principles and the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.
For example, students entering the program with a degree in information systems may go on to work in the eco-IT field while students with an economics background may work in the area of life-cycle economic analysis of alternative energy systems.
To be considered for admission to the MS in sustainable systems, a candidate must have:
- Earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- One year of college science.
- One year of college mathematics (including calculus and statistics).
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0.
- Arrange an interview (with the academic department).
(Bridge courses may be recommended on a case by case basis.)
Applicants to the program should submit:
- A completed graduate application form along with the application fee.
- Undergraduate transcripts (from all institutions where post-secondary courses have been completed).
- Results from the Graduate Record Exam.
- Two letters of reference.
- Personal statement of educational objectives.
Spoken and written English language proficiency is required. International students who do not speak English as their primary language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL scores of 600 (paper-based), 250(computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) is required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum acceptable score is 6.5.
Students must complete a minimum of 48 quarter credit hours of combined coursework and research. This includes a minimum of 40 quarter credit hours of coursework and 8 quarter credit hours of thesis or research. Full-time students may complete the degree in 6 to 8 quarters.
There are six required courses:
- 5001-802 Fundamentals of Sustainability Science
- 5001-804 Industrial Ecology
- 5001-803 Economics of Sustainability
- 5001-805 Technology, Policy, and Sustainability
- 5001-806 Risk Analysis
- 5001-808 Multi-criteria Sustainable Systems Analysis
Elective courses, selected in consultation with the student’s adviser, may come from a wide variety of courses offered by GIS or one of RIT’s colleges.
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Last updated April 25, 2018