STEM-Based Master's & Doctoral Programs:
Master of Science in Building Performance & Diagnostics
PhD in Building Performance & Diagnostics

Vivian Loftness TRACK CHAIR

STEM-Based Master's Program:
Master of Science in Sustainable Design

Dana Cupkova TRACK CHAIR

Our graduate programs in Building Performance & Diagnostics (BPD) and Sustainable Design (SD) have long led the world in advanced building technologies that sustainably reshape the built environment.

Program Overviews

What's the Difference?

"Sustainability" was our passion and expertise long before it became a buzzword. Graduate students in our sustainability-focused programs work side-by-side in the Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace, benefitting from one another's experiences—but those experiences are specialized and distinct.

Building Performance & Diagnostics

The Building Performance & Diagnostics degree program is intended for practitioners, researchers, and educators in architecture and the building industry who wish to be leaders in advanced building technologies and their performance. It is a research-based and research-oriented program, best for those ultimately interested in pursuing a PhD in building performance. 

Please feel free to contact Track Chair Vivian Loftness with questions about the BPD programs.

View the MSBPD curriculum

View the PhD-BPD curriculum

Sustainable Design

The Master of Science in Sustainable Design program is a post-professional degree intended for recent graduates and practicing professionals who seek to gain expertise in sustainable design methodologies and return to professional work in a short time. This intensive 12-month curriculum stresses the importance and value of total-building performance, human-centered design and the integration of Design, Technology and Construction knowledge and experience. Classes provide both depth and breadth, while the culminating Synthesis Project allows each individual student the opportunity to narrow his or her research focus to a topic of personal interest. View the MSSD curriculum below.

Please feel free to contact Track Chair Dana Cupkova with questions about the MSSD program.

View the MSSD curriculum

 Core Faculty

Program Application Requirements

Building Performance & Diagnostics

We seek students who are highly self-motivated and passionate about research, with a balanced aptitude in both the art and science involved in sustainable development, who understand the important role the built environment must play if we are to create a sustainable future. 



Master of Sustainable Design

We seek students who are critical thinkers, are intensely curious about the built environment, are committed to positive change, and who are not afraid to push the envelope and take risks. This program is designed to accompany and enhance degrees related to the built environment, including architecture, landscape architecture, ecology, engineering, construction, interior architecture/ design, facilities management, and others. 


Program Frequently Asked Questions

Building Performance & Diagnostics

For program-specific questions, please refer to the information below (coming soon).


Master of Sustainable Design

For program-specific questions, please refer to the information below (coming soon).