Online Master of Science in Engineering in Sustainable Engineering

The core principle of sustainable engineering is to enable long-lasting improvement of the human condition. One key goal is to avoid causing serious or irreparable damage to the environment. Similarly, sustainable engineers strive to complete work that supports the availability of natural resources in the future. Infusing sustainability into engineering from the ground up is an increasingly common strategy in many engineering professions.

This may sound similar to the goals of a master’s in environmental engineering program. However, engineering professionals with a sustainability focus consider a wider variety of concerns for every project. Along with the environment, they also consider a project’s potential influence on societies, economies and governments.

How do I become a sustainability engineer?


Sustainable engineering jobs usually require at least a bachelor’s degree with many senior positions preferring applicants who have a graduate degree. This master’s degree program can prepare you to advance your sustainable engineering career or equip you with the skills needed to make a career change. The degree will develop the talents and skills necessary to succeed in this industry. You can expect to build expertise with:

  • Core sustainable engineering principles.
  • Engineering and technological systems.
  • Essential tools, such as life cycle assessment and design for sustainability.
  • Key environmental and social considerations, and how they can be integrated into technology design.
  • Natural and human-made system modeling, dynamics and adaptive behavior.
  • Technical communication.

Who should earn a sustainability engineering degree?


The sustainable engineering degree builds on engineering fundamentals to help professionals develop specialized knowledge in the field. The program is designed for students who already have a sound technical background in the natural sciences or engineering from a science or engineering degree or previous work experience.

Students with educational and career experience in physics, chemistry or environmental-related fields may also qualify. However, you may need to take a few additional courses to complete the degree and gain the technical expertise required for the advanced courses in the program.

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Master of Science in Engineering
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Sustainable Engineering
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Sustainable Engineering (MSE)
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A Master of Science in Engineering in sustainable engineering can empower you to make a difference in how we live. This multidisciplinary online degree gives you the flexibility to chart your own path for a range of engineering careers by focusing on sustainable principles that integrate social, environmental, political and economic concerns into engineering theory.

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The sustainability in engineering master’s degree is a multidisciplinary program. The coursework focuses on how to incorporate environmental and social factors into your engineering practice to achieve more sustainable and efficient solutions. In addition to developing this broad expertise, you’ll also select a professional elective track to gain specialized skills. Featured courses include:

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Educators with deep experience in engineering and sustainability

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.
  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.
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A long track record of excellence in engineering education
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Each student is fully supported on their path to success in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. We have received peer-reviewed programmatic honors from the U.S. News & World Report and provide students with a rich learning environment.

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Master’s in sustainable engineering admission requirements
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Applicants to the Master of Science in Engineering sustainable engineering program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree or master's degree in engineering or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  • Graduate admission application and application fee.
  • GRE scores.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Personal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
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An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The three letters of recommendation should be from professional or academic sources.

Students with a degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, construction engineering, mechanical engineering or with an engineering degree other than these listed may be admitted, with deficiencies as identified by the sustainable engineering faculty, if appropriate.

If the applicant does not have an undergraduate degree in any of these programs, additional course requirements may be necessary based upon the applicant's background, including sufficient courses in mathematics that include calculus, differential equations and linear algebra. A faculty committee determines which required courses are needed on a case-by-case basis.

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Will my master's in sustainable engineering say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

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