Build expertise in sustainable design and development

SMU Lyle's Master's in Sustainability + Development offers personalized degree plans and project-based sustainability research

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About the program

Advanced expertise in developing innovative, sustainable solutions and measuring their impact is more sought after by employers than ever. 
Through design, data and community, our Master's in Sustainability + Development Program helps students develop the skills to support change for good in the global environment.

The boutique master’s program integrates engineering skills, community participation and creative design-thinking to implement real-life solutions across the globe – from neighborhoods in Dallas to small villages in Africa.

To learn more about the program, contact Program Director Jessie Marshall Zarazaga.

The SMU Lyle Difference

  • Hands-on

    Involves project-based learning and implementing sustainable solutions in urban and rural environments.

  • Local

    Students collaborate with local communities to find innovative solutions to real-life challenges.

  • Unique

    Students can mold an individually constructed degree plan, or chose from four different specializations within sustainable development.

Four Tracks

sustainable developtment

Environmental Justice

Hunt Inst research

Climate-Smart Inclusive Economic Development

SDP program

Global Development and Design

Sustainable development Tanzania

Sustainable Management

Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the Lyle School of Engineering admission requirements for an M.S. degree, applicants are required to satisfy the following additional requirement: a B.S. in civil engineering or a closely related engineering discipline, personal statement, and evidence of work and/or volunteer experience in aspects of sustainability.

Tuition and Fees

For a complete graduate cost per semester click here.

Application Deadlines

The next start date is August 2024. The deadline for applications is July 15.