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World Class Education

Rochester Institute of Technology is recognized worldwide for our focus on career preparedness and hands-on learning. We are a university of innovators and of firsts – including the first in the world to offer a doctoral program in sustainable production systems. RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability perpetuates the focus on career preparedness by offering classes emphasizing concept application and making the latest technologies available to students and businesses, so you can get the hands-on experience you need to hit the ground running on day one of your career.

Currently offered at GIS are an accredited Master of Architecture, a Master's in Sustainable Systems, and a Ph.D. in Sustainability, taught by experienced faculty who have come from around the world to be a part of our Architecture or Sustainability departments.

Our Degrees


This accredited Master of Architecture program brings a smarter, more resilient approach to architecture and the complexity of designing buildings with people, space, and the environment in mind. Whether you have a background in architecture or are new to the field, RIT’s Master of Architecture will prepare you for a path to professional licensure and job readiness.

Sustainable Systems encompasses a wide range of interdisciplinary studies in sustainability science. Here, you won’t be restricted to one sustainability topic or methodology. You will comprehensively learn and experience the methods that lead to environmental, social, technological, and business success, working one-on-one with an accomplished research faculty member to customize your degree around your interests.

Through our Ph.D. in sustainability, one of only a few in the U.S., you will work side-by-side with a dedicated faculty member, all of whom are avid researchers in diverse areas including biofuels, transportation, energy policy, resource recovery, smart products and systems, and more. Each faculty member sponsors a select number of students on specific research projects, with the scope varying from fundamental science to applied engineering to corporate sustainability applications. Accepted students receive a fully funded education and a stipend to help with living expenses.

What Our Students Say

  • Catherine Lange

    What Our Students Say

    The M.Arch. program provided a well-balanced foundation so I was ready to hit the ground running when I started my first job. Collaborating with scientists, designers, and the Rochester community on projects provided a very interesting and rich education that I continue to draw from in my architecture career.

    Catherine Lange
    Intern Architect at Freeman French Freeman, Architects
  • What Our Students Say

    GIS is a beautiful living laboratory filled with wonderfully bright and passionate faculty, staff, and students. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this burgeoning program. Keep an eye out for us, world!

    Dr. Michele Bustamante
    Postdoctoral Associate, MIT
  • What Our Students Say

    The complex problems of our generation call for trans-disciplinary and multi-faceted solutions, and the GIS program certainly offered a highly interactive and creatively stimulating environment to develop the skills necessary to be successful.

    JD Harper
    Architectural Designer, HYL Architecture
  • What Our Students Say

    Coming from a technical mechanical engineering background RIT Architecture department has played a transformative growth role in the last two years in bringing the best of me as a design individual by pushing me to new limits every day and bringing life to my visions.

    Sabyasachi Das
    M.Arch. Student
  • Samuel Elliot, alumnus, Rochester Institute of Technology

    What Our Students Say

    My architectural education at RIT helped to give me a solid foundation in the principles of sustainability and the design process. Even prior to graduation, I felt comfortable applying my knowledge within a professional setting as an intern. The faculty and staff have gone above and beyond to create a challenging and rewarding sustainable architecture program.

    Samuel Elliot
    Architectural Designer, SWBR Architects
  • What Our Students Say

    The most important career skill I gained at GIS is the conducting of environmental impact assessment of products, processes and systems. Other skills that I found very useful include life cycle assessment, multi-criteria decision analysis and statistical analysis.

    Dr. Xue Wang
    Project Coordinator, UL Environment
  • What Our Students Say

    I received an extremely well-rounded graduate education in sustainability from an excellent, highly respected research and teaching faculty.

    David Frank
    Sustainability Director, Aramark
  • Ricardo Dias

    What Our Students Say

    GIS really expanded the ways in which I am empowered to positively impact the world. The things I learned and experienced in the MS program led me to successfully start my own energy management business back home in Brazil. I will never forget how my instructors cared about my personal and academic achievements – that means a lot when you are eight thousand miles away from your family.

    Ricardo Dias
    Founder & Operations Planner, CUBi Energia
  • What Our Students Say

    The GIS program is rigorous. I think that going through the GIS program both as a student and graduate research assistant has increased not only technical skillsets but also soft skills such as resourcefulness, perseverance and steadfastness. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be in this program.

    Kim Bawden
    Pollution Prevention Engineer, New York Pollution Prevention Institute
  • What Our Students Say

    The RIT GIS Master of Architecture degree will help me to better evaluate current processes and trends in my building designs.  Its emphasis on the fundamentals of architecture combined with technology and life cycle analyses, will help me to design more efficiently and more conscientiously of our ecological systems.

    Joseph J. Nicholson III
    Assistant Manager of Virtual Design and Construction, The Pike Company

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About Rochester, NY

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Rochester, New York is a metropolitan area near Canada inhabited by a little more than one million people. Small enough to be welcoming, but large enough to be lively, Rochester is known for its many lakes, festivals and craft brewers, as well as its low cost of living and sizable high-tech startup community. Get to know the area ›

Most classes will take place in our state-of-the-art LEED platinum building, a living, learning laboratory, where pioneering R&D is happening with some the biggest names in business and industry. Tour our building ›