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Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Systems



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What will I learn?

The 40-credit Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Systems is a trans-disciplinary STEM program in graduate sustainability studies with a curriculum focused on the nexus of environmental policy, science and design.

All four programs inside the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment focus on applied research. Through studios, theses, capstones, demonstration projects, research initiatives, partnerships and public programs, students have an opportunity to make an impact. To learn more about our approach and collaborations visit the Research and Impact page.

The SES program is unique in its practice based approach and emphasis on experiential learning opportunities tailored to each student’s interests. Students learn from leading edge NYC practitioner faculty whose expertise include: Integrated Urban Systems Designs for water, energy, and solid waste, Environmental and Social Justice, as well as Sustainable and Resilient Community Development. Students will study environmental sustainability with artists, designers, architects, planners, preservationists, and environmental managers.

At Pratt, our approach to sustainability is trans-disciplinary, as evident in our alliance of graduate degrees known as the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment. Our faculty and students represent a wealth of disciplines and they truly believe that solutions to complex urban issues can only be developed through many points of view. As part of the graduate School of Architecture, we are immersed in one of the nation’s top art and design schools. We place particular importance on the development of critical analysis, systems thinking, oral presentation, and writing skills.


  • Through their studies in the Sustainable Environmental Systems program, students will:
  • Develop the ability to assess and critically examine environmental issues related to water and air quality, solid waste management, urban energy systems, and building performance.
  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of the legal, economic and regulatory framework of federal, state, and New York City environmental policy and review.
  • Learn stakeholder engagement and uphold social and environmental justice while demonstrating the ability to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary, environmental problem solving.
  • Develop an understanding of sustainable community development.
  • Design sustainable environmental policies and plans with verifiable indicators and metrics.
  • Understand and argue the cost of environmental externalities associated with current economic policy and development.
  • Develop a baseline level of technical proficiency and professional communication skills: written, oral, and visual.

Which department am I in?

School of Architecture

Study options

Full Time (40 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$55,552.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2023


Pratt Institute

Brooklyn Campus,

200 Willoughby Avenue,


New York,

11205, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants to graduate programs at Pratt must have received a four-year bachelor's degree from an institution in the US that is accredited by a recognized regional association or have been awarded the equivalent of the U.S. bachelor's degree from an international institution of acceptable standards.

For international students

Applicants from all fields of study are encouraged to apply.

TOEFL score of 79 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 550, IELTS of 6.5, Duolingo of 105, or PTE of 53 is required. Admission is for fall and spring term.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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