The MS in Sustainable Building Technology is a 30 credit-hour post-professional degree program for practitioners in architecture, construction, engineering, and other allied fields. Graduates will gain expertise in three primary areas:
The advanced design of building system integration
Advanced environmental system design
Advanced performance-based design
About The Program
Courses are scheduled to accommodate busy working professionals:
3 or 4 consecutive semesters for full-time students
Some courses offered at night and in the summer
Courses taught by expert faculty and industry professionals
Four customizable track options are available:
Historical Building Technology
Health and Innovation
Architectural Facade Consultant
Master of Science in Sustainable Building Technology
30 credit hours in on-campus classes and studios
30 credit hours: 21 hours of required courses including two studios, and 9 hours of electives
Required courses include:
Green design and construction
Energy use and conservation in architecture
Environmental control systems
Electives permit students to focus upon areas of interest including:
Digital research and prototyping
Advanced wood timber design
Digital fabrication methodology
Four tracks to accommodate busy working professionals:
3 consecutive semesters for full-time students
4 consecutive semesters for full-time students
4 non-consecutive semesters for full-time or part-time students
5 consecutive semesters for part-time students
Why Choose Us?
This post-professional degree is the only program of its kind in Texas
Connect with newly hired experts in the field of building performance, sustainability, and building technology. The program also provides a platform
Computational Design, Health and Wellness, and Historic Building Technologies are areas of specialization that are offered as unique tracks within this degree
Design and research are brought together to provide a unified foundation of education and advancement for students in specific areas of interest
The three specific tracks and one general track provide a wide range of customization for professional students seeking expertise to gain career advancement upon completion of the degree
Scheduling flexibility makes this degree a unique opportunity for those professionals who have been in the workforce but are considering coming back to gain new and important foundational principles, from cutting-edge knowledge to hardware and software development
Applicants must meet the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies. A personal interview with the Director, Graduate Advisor, or members of the landscape architecture faculty is strongly recommended. Three letters of recommendation are required, and it is suggested that at least two of the letters come from former educators or academic contact. Applicants also are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Average GRE scores of successful applicants since 1998 have been approximately 550 Verbal and 550 Quantitative. Also required is a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 as calculated by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Applicants holding first professional degrees in landscape architecture, or in some cases degrees related to landscape architecture (such as architecture, engineering, environmental design, horticulture, interior design, planning, and the like) are required to submit portfolios reflecting the applicants' professional and/or academic experiences and interests. Portfolios are assessed according to proficiency in design, presentation and layout, technical skills, and content, similar to criteria used in design studios.
Applicants who have a weakness in one of the criteria for admission can enhance their credentials with strengths in the remaining criteria.
Applicants can be admitted according to four conditions: Unconditional; Provisional; Probationary; and, Deferred. Applicants who do not meet the criteria of one of these conditions will be denied admission to the Program.
Note: Applicants whose native language is not English who do not meet the program's minimum TOEFL score, may be asked to complete extramural training in English through the Pathways Admission Program described in the Admission section of this Catalog.
Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts from all previous college or university work, along with scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and three letters of recommendation are required of all applicants. In addition, applicants should have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, as calculated by the Office of Graduate Studies. Applicants holding the first professional degree in landscape architecture, or a related field, must submit a portfolio.
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the submission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission. All missing documentation must be received before the end of the first semester of study.
Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA), can be admitted on probation, with the condition that they make no less than a B in the first 12 hours of coursework in landscape architecture. Such students must complete no fewer than 9 credits during the semester in which they are on probation.
Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA), and/or who have not submitted all of the materials required for unconditional admission, can have their applications deferred for one semester until outstanding requirements and criteria are met. A deferred admission may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.
Denial of Admission
Candidates who do not satisfy the requirements for probationary admission will not be admitted.
International Student Admission
International applicants must meet the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA), and must be admitted in one of the admission categories described above. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must have a demonstrated speaking ability in English. They also must meet the Program's minimum required score of 575 on the paper exam, or an equivalent score on the computer-based- or internet-based tests, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants who do not meet the Program's minimum TOEFL score must complete extramural training in English, as approved by the Program and the Office of Graduate Studies.
Waiver of Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
A waiver of the Graduate Record Exam may be considered for a UT Arlington undergraduate who has completed an undergraduate degree in Architecture or Interior Design; the student's GPA must equal to or exceed 3.50 in all undergraduate coursework completed at UT Arlington. The GRE waiver may also be extended to other UT Arlington undergraduates who have completed an undergraduate degree at UT Arlington; the student's GPA must equal or exceed a 3.50 in all undergraduate coursework completed at UT Arlington. The final decision to waive the GRE also requires a positive review of completed coursework by the graduate advisor to determine the applicant's readiness to study Architecture.