M.Sc. On Campus

Architecture - Sustainable Design

University of Minnesota

24 months
30450 USD/year
30450 USD/year
30450 USD/year
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The Architecture - Sustainable Design program of the University of Minnesota focuses on regenerative design concepts and strives to improve the environment by addressing social issues and promoting human wellbeing.


Program Details

We believe that sustainable development must be redefined using a regenerative system approach, which connects food, water, and energy use to the carrying capacity of a local ecosystem. The core curriculum of the Architecture - Sustainable Design program of the University of Minnesota unpacks this belief with foundational courses in sustainable design theory and history, energy and environmental equality, site and water, and material performance.

We aim to balance inquiry with application. Each course involves a project, where you will practice research to demonstrate theory. We challenge you to uncover how bettering peoples’ lives can act as a driver for addressing environmental issues in local and global settings. Through each project and your electives, you will develop a personal area of focus. Topics can address small or large-scale issues, from designing cities on water to examining healthier materials for wall systems. Once you have chosen a special topic, the remainder of your degree is devoted to self-driven research. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sustainable Design Theory and Practice
  • Site and Water Issues in Sustainable Design
  • Energy and Indoor Environmental Quality Issues in Sustainable Design
  • Materials Performance in Sustainable Building
  • Material Investigation: Concrete
  • Material Investigation: Steel and Glass

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Please apply four months in advance of your desired entry date.


34 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To pursue an Architecture MS a bachelor of arts or science in humanities, sciences, environmental studies, or engineering is required, and a GPA greater than 3.0 is preferred. International applicants must be proficient in English
  • We also encourage individuals with professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture, as well as current M.Arch or MLA students seeking a dual degree, to apply
  • Complete University of Minnesota Graduate School Application
  • Unofficial transcripts of all college or university coursework
  • A statement (up to 1,000 words), outlining sustainable design as an area of study
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Portfolio
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Application fee of $75

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30450 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30450 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    30450 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30450 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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