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Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
Online
Our built environment consumes the majority of the energy and resources we use as a society; it is imperative that we design and implement approaches and practices of spatial design that cease to degrade the natural systems upon which we rely.

About

The Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design is a 4-semester degree that teaches students the current practices, processes and materials with which a sustainable built environment can be realized. The BAC is a national leader in online sustainable design education and the curriculum is built around whole systems thinking-the philosophy that design of the built environment should be engaged with the larger systems of nature and society.The core curriculum covers subjects ranging from sustainable regional and community planning, healthy and green building design, sustainable policy and advocacy. With a large suite of elective course offerings, the program is highly customizable, examining energy and resource use, water and air quality and healthy materials, preservation, construction management and land use. The thesis sequence allows students to explore an independent design or research project related to their specific area of interest and their career goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainability in Nature, Neighborhood, and City
  • Design Thinking
  • Visual Communication

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    33 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official college transcript
  • Current resume
  • Portfolio or Work Sample
  • Admissions essay
  • One letter of recommendation

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1200 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1200 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    1200 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Funding

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