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Graduate Certificate in High-Performance Design & Sustainability

The negative impacts of human activities on the environment are a major challenge threatening the survival of humans and other species, and built environments are a key contributor to environmental impacts. The Graduate Certificate in High-Performance Design & Sustainability provides students with the theoretical knowledge and applied skills to understand how buildings impact the environment and how building performance, in terms of operational energy, daylighting, occupant comfort/health, embodied energy, water conservation and reuse, and other relevant and emerging issues (such as biophilia) can be predicted, analyzed and used to improve buildings.

The Certificate in High-Performance Design & Sustainability provides students with the opportunity to gain understanding and skills in various aspects of sustainability and high environmental performance in the built environment. Students will acquire an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of high-performance design and sustainability and prepares them for further graduate studies in this area. This graduate certificate provides skills and knowledge complimentary to the pursuit of a professional career in the design and/or analysis of high-performance buildings and sustainability.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

High-Performance Design & Sustainability (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Coursework 18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions, submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 562 TOEFL Paper / 84 TOEFL Internet / 7 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries)
  Purpose Statement Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation if applicable must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

High-Performance Design & Sustainability (CERT)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
Priority January 15 Not Available Not Available
International June 1 November 1 April 1
Domestic July 1 November 1 April 1

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.


New and existing graduate students in “good standing” shall declare the intent to seek the Certificate by requesting permission to enter and complete the program. Students not currently enrolled in a graduate program may apply according to UTSA admission requirements for certificate programs as a special (non-degree-seeking) graduate student.

Term Offerings: Fall, Spring and Summer.

Contact Information

Vincent Canizaro

210-458-2634

vincent.canizaro@utsa.edu