Sustainable Environmental Systems

The Master of Science in Sustainable Environmental Systems is a trans-diciplinary program in graduate sustainability studies with a curriculum focused on the nexus of environmental policy, science and design. The SES program is unique in it’s practice based approach and emphasis on experiential learning opportunities tailored to each student's interests. Students learn from leading edge NYC practitioner faculty whose expertise include: Integrated Urban Systems Designs for water, energy, and solid waste, Environmental and Social Justice, as well as Sustainable and Resilient Community Development. Students will study environmental sustainability with artists, designers, architects, planners, preservationists, and environmental managers.

The Sustainable Environmental Systems program is a 40-credit Master of Science. Applicants who hold a five-year B.Arch or existing graduate degree are eligible for a 30-credit post professional accelerated degree.  

Our curriculum, which is focused on the integration of environmental science, policy, and design covers:

  • Integrated urban systems designs for water, energy, and solid waste
  • Sustainable community development
  • Environmental and social justice
  • Inter- and trans-disciplinary study

In our climate challenged future, urban systems require an integrative approach that balances environmental, economic and social impacts.

At Pratt, our approach to sustainability is trans-disciplinary, as evident in our alliance of graduate degrees known as the Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development. Our faculty and students represent a wealth of disciplines and they truly believe that solutions to complex urban issues can only be developed through many points of view. As part of the graduate School of Architecture, we are immersed in one of the nation’s top art and design schools. At Pratt you will study environmental sustainability with artists, designers, architects, planners, preservationists, and managers. We place particular importance on the development of critical analysis, systems thinking, oral presentation, and writing skills.

Programs for Sustainable Development students participating in the 2014 People's Climate March

Open Houses

PSPD's Brooklyn-based programs (City and Regional Planning, Sustainable Environmental Systems, and Historic Preservation) have an open house on the second Tuesday of every month. Arrive at Higgins Hall suite 206 north at 6 PM for an overview of the PSPD and meetings with the coordinators of each program based on your interest(s). Light refreshments with current students will be provided. You can also sit in on a class at 8 PM, or arrange to do so on another day. Higgins Hall is located at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and St. James Place in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, one block from the Clinton / Washington stop on the G subway line. Please RSVP to Adia Ware at and indicate your program(s) of interest.

These programs also have two Saturday Information Sessions per semester. Please visit this page for more information. For information about the Sustainable Environmental Systems program contact Program Coordinator Jamie Stein at or at 718.399.4328.

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