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Pratt Institute

Program in Sustainable Environmental Systems

Brooklyn, NY

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M. S. Program in Sustainable Environmental Systems at Pratt Institute

The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in New York City, New York, offers a Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Systems that focuses on "participatory planning and sustainable development." Interdisciplinary in nature, the program helps students acquire a holistic understanding of the complex interactions that contribute to environmental problems and gain the ability to work within multiple disciplines to develop and implement sustainable best practices.

Students graduate from the program with the theoretical and technical expertise as well as the collaboration and critical thinking skills needed to obtain positions as policy analysts, program developers, consultants, project managers, advocates, and entrepreneurs. They also leave the program fully capable of facilitating economic, environmental, and social justice in urban areas.

Pratt Institute

Established in 1887, Pratt Institute is located in New York City, New York in the northeastern region of the United States. This independent college of art, design, and architecture offers over 4,150 students 25 undergraduate majors and concentrations and 25 master's degree programs. Its School of Architecture has been ranked among the nation's best by "Design Intelligence" Magazine.

Curriculum Basics

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Sustainable Environmental Systems is a 40-credit program that can be completed in 2 years. To accommodate working professionals, classes are offered in the evenings.

Diverse in nature, the curriculum allows students to create individualized programs that reflect their academic interests and career goals.

Students take both core and elective courses that cover topics such as environmental impact assessment, sustainable communities, green buildings rating systems, environmental economics, and environmental management.

Independent Seminars

The independent seminar provides a formal setting for students to discuss environmental and sustainability issues. The seminar enables students from different backgrounds and academic interests to exchange ideas. In addition, faculty and specialists in the field give lectures about professional practice.

Capstone Requirement

Students are required to complete a capstone project that shows that they have developed the analytical ability and creative skills expected of professionals in the field of environmental systems management. To meet this requirement, students can conduct original research, complete a work-related project, or build upon course-related work.

Diverse Student Body

The graduate program in sustainable environmental systems attracts a population of highly capable students who have a wide-variety of professional experiences, educational backgrounds, and academic interests.

This rich mixture of disciplines, viewpoints, and experience contributes to the interdisciplinary nature of the program and enhances the learning environment.

Experienced Faculty Members

The program's faculty members bring a combination of 'cutting-edge' professional practice and academic expertise to the classroom. They are architects, board members, economic consultants, executives, fundraisers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, urban designers, and writers -- among other professions.

Faculty Members' Professional Endeavors

Eve Baron's professional experience spans government, advocacy, technical assistance, and academia. She's a founding member of the Collective for Community, Culture and Environment--a consultant group of women planners, designers, and analysts whose work is grounded in equity and sustainability. She's also on the Steering Committee of Planners Network, an international network of progressive planners and activists committed to using planning for positive social change.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Science (MS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 13

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 5th January 5th No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Portfolio or writing sample, letters of recommendation

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees
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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships
Career or field-related internships
Federal Work-Study
Financial support for part-time students

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino Not Reported
Black or African American Not Reported
White or Caucasian 45%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian Not Reported
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races Not Reported
Unknown 9.09%


Male (36%)
Female (63%)

Location & Contact

Address 200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11205
United States
Contact Leonel Ponce
Phone: 718-399-4328

Pratt Institute