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Sustainable Design

Master of Design Studies

Students working in MDS Sustainable Design intensive at the Boston Architectural College; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design

Photo by Sam Rosenholtz


Accepting applications for Fall 2015. Apply today. For more information please contact Admissions at 617-585-0123 or admissions@the-bac.edu

MDS Alumni Spotlight

Patricio Cabal is a graduate of the Master of Design Studies program in Sustainable Design. More


    Through a distance/ low-residency program that includes brief periods of intensive study in Boston, the BAC's online Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design creates leaders of the green building revolution. In classes with leading practitioners and thinkers in the field, students acquire the technical expertise, leadership skills, and resolve required for the vital work of transforming how we create and occupy our buildings and communities.


    Coursework is grounded in whole systems thinking, a philosophy which holds that the built environment should be designed as a set of interactive systems engaged with the larger systems of nature and society.

    • Hands-on workshops in Boston with leading practitioners immerse students in whole systems thinking.
    • Elective courses in sustainable design theory and history, building design, neighborhood and community planning, construction, and facilities operation give students the chance to refine and focus technical skills.
    • A final capstone project hones leadership skills by engaging students in an independent design or research project...more


    The MDS in Sustainable Design can be completed in four semesters. The program allows some flexibility  in scheduling online electives which may be taken over more semesters to accomodate work schedules...more