Graduating from Stanford's Sustainable Design & Construction program means you have the expertise to pursue various career paths in the built environment. Alumni have gone on to join top tier companies in the AEC industry or start their own.
Many apply with existing civil and environmental engineering degrees, but our highly interdisciplinary MS past graduates include students who majored across physics, economics, business management, public policy, industrial relations, philosophy and music. Each incoming class also varies widely in that they include students coming directly from a bachelor's degree as well as some who have worked for several years or more in industry. To support the diverse interests of our students, we offer four distinct tracks that focus on various aspects of the built environment, all of which can be completed in 1 year (3 academic quarters). The four tracks share a curriculum guide that trains students in important fundamental skills like modern project management techniques and life cycle assessment strategies, but offer unique electives within the program to allow students the flexibility to pursue the topics that most interest them. Click on the title of each track below for more information:
- Management (SDC-M): Emphasizes management techniques that are useful in organizing, planning, and controlling the activities of diverse specialists working within the unique project environment of the construction industry throughout all phases of development, and it covers construction engineering aspects of heavy, industrial and building construction
- Structures (SDC-S): Includes courses from construction engineering and management and the Structural Engineering and Geomechanics (SEG) program to prepare students for careers in design and construction firms that provide integrated design-build project delivery, construction management and pre-construction services
- Energy (SDC-E): Includes courses on the energy efficient design and construction of buildings and infrastructure systems to produce, distribute and consume energy sustainably from the building scale to grid-level utilities management
- Sustainable Urban Systems (SDC-SUS): Applies multiple knowledge fields in an integrated approach to the many complex issues -- old and new -- faced by modern cities and their built environment
This program is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management, economics or business who wish to pursue careers that enhance the sustainability of the built environment. Students with other backgrounds are encouraged to apply, though may require extra prerequisites to attain the degree. If you are considering applying, first visit our Admissions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)! There you will find answers on our application process and admission requirements. Once you have decided to apply, please visit the How to Apply page for detailed instructions.