What will I learn?

Sustainable Systems accepts students from any academic background and 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 a faculty advisor to tailor the degree to your sustainability interests.

In the Sustainable Systems MS, you will start with a broad foundation of knowledge in environmental life cycle assessment, sustainable decision making, economic and policy strategies, and more. Then, you will have the opportunity to customize your degree in areas that suit your interests and career goals such as renewable energy or mobility as well as get the hands-on experience that employers are seeking. In as little as one year of study, you will be prepared to make sustainability decisions that you can apply to any career.

Not only will you be able to focus on an area that interests you, but you will be able to get hands-on in your projects with the use of one of our many labs or through design modeling tools. This degree allows you the flexibility to adapt your career over time and in response to the ever-changing developments in sustainability. The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is dedicated to groundbreaking sustainability research and its business applications. Our research facilities are second to none, including Sustainability Institute Hall, a 75,000 sq. ft. LEED Platinum certified research building and multiple state-of-the-art research centers.

Plan of Study

Through a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum, you’ll begin your degree with core courses in industrial ecology, risk assessment, the economics of sustainability, and more. Several electives from across the university will allow you to further tailor your degree to your talents and career goals, from sustainable craft brewing and distilling to corporate social responsibility.

Which department am I in?

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$50,136.00 per year
USD $50,136 is for 12-18 Credit Hours; USD $37,602 for 9 Credit Hours
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Golisano Institute for Sustainability

190 Lomb Memorial Drive,


New York,

14623, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to apply for any RIT graduate program you must hold (or be in anticipation of) a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.

For international students

Applicants must

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required.

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


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