Rochester Institute of Technology

Sustainability (Ph.D.)


One Lomb Memorial Drive

Rochester, NY 14623

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD - Sustainability

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The doctorate program in sustainability is the first program in the world to focus on sustainable production systems. It seeks to advance research and education in alternative-energy development, sustainable production, sustainable mobility, and eco-IT.

The program’s curriculum emphasizes sustainable production systems, which create goods and services using processes that are non-polluting; conservation of energy and natural resources; economic viability; and safety for workers, communities, and consumers. Course work and research take a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems.

Students have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous RIT research centers, including the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, the Center for Sustainable Manufacturing, the Center for Sustainable Mobility, the Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, and the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute—all of which are housed in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability.

Plan of study
Students must complete 60 semester credit hours of course work and research.

This interdisciplinary program instills a systems-level approach to solving seemingly intractable global sustainability problems. While developing technical depth in laboratory and/or modeling specialities, you will learn to work in the broader context of environmental assessment, economics and policy. Research areas include sustainable energy, production, mobility and eco-IT.

With this degree, you could become a(n):

  • Corporate Sustainability Director
  • Industrial Research and Development Specialist
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • And more!


The Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Association (MSA) of Colleges and Schools

International Student Requirements:

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum scores of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) are required. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores will be accepted in place of the TOEFL. Minimum scores will vary, however, the absolute minimum score required for unconditional acceptance is 6.5.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid Description: For graduate study, many of the 70 graduate programs offer assistantships. Additionally, more than 9,000 student jobs are available on campus each year.

# of Credits Required: 60

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Candidates may work with RIT's Financial Aid Office to determine aid eligibility and funding options.

Locale: Large Suburb

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