Laura Watts, PhD
Gabrielle Gaustad, Ph.D., Program Director
|Program Available Online?||No|
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Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.
Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.
The MS degree in sustainable systems focuses on sustainable production systems, which create goods and services using processes that are non-polluting; conservation of energy and natural resources; economic viability; and safety and health for workers, communities, and consumers. Course work and research take a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginally positive impacts.
Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in their chosen field with an understanding of basic sustainability principles and the expertise to analyze and solve complex sustainability issues.
Students must complete 24 credit hours of course work plus a 6 credit hour thesis or capstone project. Full-time students may complete the degree in one year (two semesters plus one summer term).
Students have the option of choosing one of four tracks: sustainable manufacturing, sustainable mobility, sustainable energy systems, and sustainable built environments. Students can also create additional tracks using elective courses (selected in consultation with the student's adviser) from a wide variety of courses offered by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability or any one of RIT's other colleges.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|ISUS-702||Fundamentals of Sustainability Science||3|
|ISUS-706||Economics of Sustainable Systems||3|
|ISUS-705||Technology Policy and Sustainability*||3|
|Choose one of the following:||6|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||30|
To be considered for admission to the MS program in sustainable systems, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
An applicant with a bachelor’s degree from an approved undergraduate institution and the appropriate background is permitted to take graduate courses as a non-matriculated student. If the student is subsequently admitted to the graduate program, a limited number of credit hours from courses taken at RIT as a non-matriculated student can be transferred to the degree program. Any applicant who wishes to register for a graduate course as a non-matriculated student must obtain permission from the chair of the graduate program and the course instructor.
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