This Ph.D. program focuses on sustainable production systems — systems that create goods and services using processes that are: non-polluting; conserving of energy and natural resources; economically viable; and safe and healthful for workers, communities, and consumers. Coursework and research take a systems level and interdisciplinary approach to solving seemingly intractable sustainability problems, as opposed to single disciplinary and locally optimized approaches destined to yield marginal positive impacts.

Students will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous research centers, including GIS’ National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R), an internationally-recognized leader for applied research in remanufacturing, the Center for Sustainable Production (CSP) dedicated to enhancing the environmental and economic performance of products and processes, the Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) focused on the evaluation of environmental and economic impacts of alternative fuel and vehicle propulsion technologies, the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center (SMS) that develops technologies for optimal life-cycle design, management, and modernization of large equipment systems, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) focused on enhancing the development and implementation of pollution prevention techniques, and the NanoPower Research Labs (NPRL) dedicated to the creation and utilization of nano devices and materials for power generation and storage.

The doctorate program in sustainability is the first program in the world to focus on sustainable production. The program seeks to advance research and education in alternative-energy development, sustainable design, green product development, industrial ecology, and pollution prevention.

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

Students in the program will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary faculty and researchers in numerous research centers, including the institute’s National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, the Center for Sustainable Production, the Center for Sustainable Mobility, the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center, the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute, and the NanoPower Research Labs.



Admission requirements


To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program in sustainability, students must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. (Coursework must include at least one year of college science and one year of college mathematics including calculus and statistics);
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  • Official undergraduate and, where relevant, graduate transcripts;
  • Appropriate grade point average;
  • At least two letters of academic and/or professional recommendation;
  • TOEFL (or IELTS) scores were appropriate for international applicants; and
  • Personal interview with faculty committee (by teleconference when necessary).

International applicants, whose native language is not English, must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

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