Built Environment (Energy Perf/Climate Responsive Arch), MS

The MS program in the built environment with a concentration in energy performance and climate-responsive architecture educates students to become experts in energy-efficient building design and energy technology. The program's focus is the relationship between climate and site, thermal and visual comfort in buildings, and the demand and consumption of energy.

Courses in this concentration establish a basic core of knowledge of the principles of the natural energies available at the building boundary due to climate and site; thermal and optic behavior of building materials and components; passive and low-energy architectural systems for heating, cooling and lighting; and appropriate integration with mechanical systems. Additional courses are available to support advanced study and research in a variety of related specialties.

Degree Offered

Built Environment (Energy Perf/Climate Responsive Arch), MS
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Procedures and Requirements

Application period

Online applications are open through September 15, 2018 to January 15, 2019 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3+; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3+; MSBE; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.

Fall Admission: The MSBE program only admit students for the fall semester.

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Paying for College

Teaching and Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are appointed each term to a select number of graduate students who are excelling in The Design School. Learn more about teaching assistantships including eligibility and application details.

Financial Aid

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Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.


Concurrent Degree Options / Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Students in their first year of the two-year program or second year of the 3+ program may apply to study two graduate programs concurrently.  The curricula has been designed to allow for most of our programs to be taken simultaneously.  Please note that MArch students have the opportunity to apply to the W.P. Carey School of Business to study for a Master of Business Administration concurrently with their MArch degree.  We work to try to reduce the length of time for both degrees to save students a year of time and tuition fees. Students with two Master degrees have increased professional opportunities and great marketability.  If the concurrent option is taken, this will extend the graduate program by a minimum of one year.  

Global Engagement Studios

The graduate program curriculum encompasses a travel studio which is completed in the fall semester of the final year. Students travel all over the world to locations such as Australia, South America, Europe, and Asia among others. This offers students the opportunity to experience a foreign country for one week at the beginning of the fall semester. This trip is faculty led and the cost is inclusive within tuition fees. The Global Engagement Studios are not discipline specific which grants students the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from fellow Design School students who are from a different design discipline. The benefit of this experience to our graduate students is invaluable. To hear what our students are saying about the Global Engagement Studios and their experience view this video.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science in the Built Environment (MSBE)

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree from a college or university recognized by ASU, in one of the professions or fields of study outlined below:
  • Individuals who hold a previous five or six-year NAAB (National Architectural Board) accredited professional degree in Architecture (BArch or MArch degree). See the NAAB website for more information.
  • Individuals who are licensed landscape architects or those who have completed a four-year Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree, or a Master in Landscape Architecture degree. The undergraduate or graduate degree must be granted by an institution that offers the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) accredited degree program in architecture.
  • Individuals who have an Engineering degree (BS or MS) with a background in building sustainability issues. (Mechanical & Civil Engineering, and Construction majors are particularly suited for application to this program)
  • Individuals who have a Science degree (BS or MS degree) with a background in building sustainability issues.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but students with a GPA less than the minimum requirement may still receive consideration if they have evidence of creative work, significant work experience, or other indicators of their potential to succeed in the program. Particular emphasis is placed on the last two years of the applicant's undergraduate GPA record.
  • An official copy of GRE scores must be provided (unofficial copies will not be accepted). For more information on the GRE see gre.org (or if you live near ASU see asu.edu/uts). The Design School does not have a minimum score for admission. Please note that the MSBE degree does not require the writing section of the GRE for admission; only the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE are reviewed by the admission committee.
  • Admission to the Master of Science in the Built Environment program is selective and cannot be deferred. In most cases students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted. The MSBE program commences in the fall semester of each year.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.
  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate Education application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page.

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

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Student Organizations

Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.

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