Master of Arts with a Major in Sustainability and Development

As the human population explodes, global resources dwindle. Providing access to clean water, clean air, housing, and transportation will shape public policy, redefine industry, and engage a generation.

In response to the world’s disappearing or inadequate built and natural resources, SMU introduces a new MA in Sustainability and Development. It’s an opportunity to collaborate and interact with multi-industry professionals as well as advocates with The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity. The 30-hour program will prepare students to bring lasting and sustainable solutions to heal a hurting world and design change.

The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, an advocate for the global poor, supports research, provides direct consultation to community groups, and houses a repository of information for non-profits and non-governmental organizations.

The MA in Sustainability and Development, offered by SMU Lyle with the support of The Hunt Institute and the UN Refugee Agency, will appeal to private, public, and non-profit leaders who wish to serve as a catalyst for change and operate on an expert level of sustainability. [Brochure Download Here]

Admission Requirements

Applicants holding a Bachelor’s degree from an institution of standard collegiate rank,
recognized by the accrediting agencies in whose jurisdiction the college is located, may apply for admission to the Master of Arts with a major in Sustainability and Development.

Graduates of colleges not fully recognized will be treated as special cases and required to produce evidence attesting to the quality of their programs. Any student whose Bachelor’s degree is not equivalent to the comparable baccalaureate degree from Southern Methodist University may be required to take sufficient additional work to make up the deficiency.

All applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

Degree Requirements

All students must complete 15 term credit hours (TCH) of core requirements to include:

CEE 7328 Introduction to Sustainability
CEE 7329 Methods and Technology for Sustainability
CEE 7330 Design for Sustainability
CEE 8326 Sustainable Development
CEE 8327 Policy Impacts on Sustainability

A depth component of an additional 9 TCH is required in one concentration area.

Environmental Resources
CEE 7313 Environmental Chemistry and Biology
CEE 7331 Air Pollution Management and Engineering
CEE 7334 Fate and Transport of Contaminants
CEE 7353 Environmental Epidemiology
CEE 8328 Defining the Future of Global Sustainability
CEE 8329 Global Resource Use

Urban Development and Design
CEE 7363 Architectural and Structural Engineering
CEE 7370 Facility Planning
CEE 7378 Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering
CEE 7384 Energy Management for Buildings
CEE 8325 The Sustainable Urban Plan
CEE 8330 Engineering Sustainability for the Future

Three TCH of breadth is required. This will be satisfied by taking one course from another
concentration. Students will receive depth in one track, while building breadth in the overall field by taking one advanced course in another.

Three TCH of capstone experience is required. This may be satisfied by any one of the

CEE 7391 Special Projects
CEE 7396 Master’s Thesis

Students may enroll in a number of different sections of CEE 7391 Special Topics. Such sections will be managed and prepared differently. It is the intent of Lyle’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department to provide seminar, research, and site-based internship/service learning opportunities through the different sections. Students will have the option to choose which experience best matches his/her career path.