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Online M.S. in Sustainable Architecture | OU Online





Improve Efficiency. Minimize Environmental Impacts.

The OU Online M.S. in Sustainable Architecture (MSSA) is a 100% online, 30-credit program that can be completed in 15 months. The program is led by world-class OU faculty and emphasizes the new methods and analytical tools architects use to make better design decisions. Graduates are prepared to meet the growing demand for modern expertise in design and construction.

Admission Deadline

Rolling admissions (applications due 14 days before the intended start date).

Program Start Terms

Fall, Spring

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Benefits of the Sustainable Architecture Master's Degree

Meet Today’s Growing Demand

Building modeling and analysis capabilities have evolved dramatically in the last decade. Gain expertise in the new methods and tools of practice associated with sustainable, evidence-based design and make better client decisions.

Solve Real World Challenges

Learn from industry leaders, apply learned skills in cutting-edge approaches to building performance analysis, and learn to discern between superficial and deep-green building design. Networking opportunities will be available.

Flexible Format

Learn in a flexible, affordable online program designed for working professionals. Classes are asynchronous, with optional synchronous sessions available via Zoom. Engage in discussions with professors and fellow students while you gain skills necessary for modern design.


OU Online graduates find employment within six months after graduation*


OU Online graduates report earning an annual salary of $75,000 or more*


OU Online students say the skills they gained in their program made them more competitive in their career field*

*Source: OU Online Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2023

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Pursue Your 
Sustainable Architecture
Master's Degree

Take the next step in your career with a degree from the University of Oklahoma. Applications are reviewed year-round for fall, spring, and summer sessions. Choose your program, choose your start, and apply today.

Program Breakdown

OU Online’s M.S. in Sustainable Architecture (MSSA) program is structured to provide students with an understanding of evidence-based, cutting-edge approaches to building performance analysis. The program emphasizes using analytical tools to help architects make better design decisions and communicate that rationale to their clients.

Using case studies, industry leader lectures, and value-added live sessions, students will learn what materials, practices, and processes are used to create sustainable environments.

Students can start in the spring, summer, or fall, joining asynchronous and optional synchronous sessions led by world-class OU faculty. All courses in the program are core courses.

Course Sequence:

  • Human-Centric Design: Equity and Comfort
  • Foundations of Building Physics and Analysis
  • Introduction to Building Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to Research Methods for Analysis
  • Sustainable Design and BIM Workflows
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • LEED GA Exam
  • WELL AP Exam (pattern on ARCH 5872)
  • LCCA and the Circular Economy
  • Building Operations Management
  • Sustainable Design Case Studies
  • Sustainable Design Literature Reviews
  • Case Study Research
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Case Study Development and Presentation 

How to Apply

To apply to the online Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture program, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) and provide the following:
  • Complete the online application.
  • Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Professional resume that includes past education and work experience (3-5 years of experience required)
  • Written personal statement on career goals, expectations for the program, and experience you’ll be bringing to the program
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for applicants whose first language is not English

The admissions committee operates under a rolling admission process, and admissions may continue until two weeks before classes start. The committee strives to respond to all applicants within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

For more information on the admissions process, please complete the contact form below, and an admissions counselor will be in touch shortly.

If you would like to compare the estimated cost of your program with a typical financial aid package, use the cost calculator on our OU Online financial aid page. 

Graduate tuition waivers cannot be applied to OU Online programs. OU Online programs qualify for the OU Faculty/Staff Tuition Waiver & Fee Exemption, and we encourage you to check your eligibility.  

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If you have questions regarding financial aid for your online program, please get in touch with the Online Aid office by emailing or calling 405-325-2929.

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Like every OU Online program, the M.S. in Sustainable Architecture is built on the foundation of world-class University of Oklahoma faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

An Investment in Your Future

Earning an M.S. in Sustainable Architecture from OU Online gives you the skills to succeed in a growing and evolving field. It also gives you access to career support and an expanded professional network as part of the global OU alumni community. Stand out where the industry is moving while enjoying the potential for higher pay, career advancement, and new opportunities.

Tuition and fees for the program are $29,550 ($985 per credit hour). Books and additional materials are not included.

Once accepted into the program, students must submit a $350 nonrefundable deposit within two weeks. Deposits are applied toward tuition expenses and secure a student’s place in the upcoming class. There is no application fee for this degree.

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Every OU Online program is built on the foundation of world-class faculty mixed with professors of practice providing valuable instruction. By linking industry experts with our online programs, we offer the most advanced curriculum and prepare students for future career success.

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When you graduate from an OU Online program, you’ll join the network of 250,000 OU alumni and be forever part of the OU family. Become part of the tradition of excellence that OU has established in its 130-year history.

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