May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Sustainability and Development, M.A.


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Lyle’s Sustainability and Development Program is unique for its concentration on sustainable solutions for impact. With a project-based and stakeholder focused educational model, graduates from multiple backgrounds including engineering, finance, design, government, social and earth sciences gain strategic approaches to sustainable outcomes for communities, economies and the built environment, both locally and internationally. Graduates move to leadership positions as sustainability experts within a range of fields, profiting from the practical and hands-on focus of the course. Highly interconnected with the Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity, the program collaborates with the institute on project-work, research and community participation. All graduate courses are offered with evening class times and via distance learning to accommodate international students, parents and working professionals.

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 M.A. 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 SMU may be required to take sufficient additional work to make up the deficiency. All applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale).

Degree Requirements


Candidates are required to satisfy these requirements: 30 credit hours, with a minimum graduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale. All students must complete at least nine credit hours of core requirements to include:

Capstone Synthesis


Three credit hours of capstone experience are required and satisfied by:

Specialty Concentration Requirements


A depth component of an additional at least six credit hours is required in one specialty track, sustainable global development and design, climate-smart inclusive economic development, environmental justice or sustainable management.

Elective Courses


An additional twelve credit hours building towards the capstone focus area, is chosen from any of the courses above or below, other civil and environmental engineering courses, or other university electives (with permission of the adviser) is required.

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