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About the Program

Master of Design Studies, Sustainable Design

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    The BAC's low-residency/ online Sustainable Design masters degree is grounded in the college's national leadership in online sustainable design education including over 30 specialized graduate courses in green building design, sustainable community planning, green policy and advocacy, and sustainable construction.

    Take part in week-long learning intensives in Boston   

    Online learning during the program is personalized in periods of study at the BAC's Newbury Street campus, located on a legendary street in a world class city. This format combines the best of low-residency and online learning. During these high-energy intensive weeks, you will work with instructors and fellow classmates in small learning groups. The result is a learning charrette that is part hands-on workshop, part discussion seminar and part design studio with the buildings and neighborhoods of Boston serving as a design laboratory.

    Study at a leading design college with a century of experience in design education 

    Located in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay, the BAC, founded in 1889, is the largest independent, accredited college of spatial design in New England. With over 1100 students, the BAC offers undergraduate and graduate first professional degrees in Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture, an undergraduate program in Design Studies, and Continuing Education and Certificate opportunities.

    Is the sustainable design graduate program for me?

    The program is open to both design professionals and those with a broad interest in sustainable design. The BAC's distinguished tradition of professional design education shapes the design studios while the college's equally venerable tradition of continuing and professional education insures that all participants receive the specialized learning and support appropriate for their chosen careers. Including a broad range of design and related professionals in the program gives students direct experience with the kinds of coalitions necessary for sustainable progress in the real world.

    Program Senior Mentor

    Alex Wilson, founder and executive editor of Environmental Building News and a national leader in the field of sustainable design research and education, serves as senior mentor for the program. In this role he provides guidance to students in pursuing an in-depth design or research project of personal interest.


    The BAC is located on Newbury Street in Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood.  Students study online and attend three, 8-day learning intensives in Boston (semesters 1, 2 and  4) where they work with instructors and fellow classmates in small learning groups.

    Enjoy online collaborative learning

    The program's innovative use of emerging learning technologies enables effective communication with faculty and colleagues at a distance. In experiencing these technologies, students master the kind of online collaborative learning strategies increasingly central to contemporary professional life.