The Energy Efficient Building Design program is a stand alone program. Students will acquire knowledge and skills on cutting edge research in bulding energy efficient design that includes high performance, green, solar, and renewable energy, and net-zero design of residential and commercial buildings.
The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, the nation's leader in sustainable design and planning for arid regions. CAPLA embodies the oldest design and planning programs in the state of Arizona. CAPLA faculty work at the forefront of sustainability and regenerative development, specifically, alternative energy, water conservation, landscape ecology, climate change adaptation, affordable housing, and heritage preservation. Our alumni are recognized internationally for modern desert architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning and design comprising what is known as the "Arizona School."
The Graduate Certificate in Energy Efficient Building Design is designed as both a stand-alone program and to be integrated with other degrees, including the M.Architecture, M.S.Architecture, M.Landscape Architecure, M.S.Planning. The student is responsible for choosing the appropriate option and, in the case of a degree program, working with the Energy Effcient Building Design Certificate Coordinator and his/her degree program advisor to develop a mutually agreeable plan of study. Students must comply to the University of Arizona’s Graduate College eligibility requirements including a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale from a baccalaureate degree. Students who bring in units from NDS, outside transfer, or a UA Major other than MS PLNG, MLA LAR, MS ARCH, must complete a minimum of 12 units ‘in residence’ in the certificate program. If they bring in more than 6 units from another program, they may take ARC 597B Special Projects in Architecture to complete the residence units.
A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited undergraduate degree program.
3 Letter of Recommendation.
Personal essay/statement of purpose for graduate study, including potential research interests.
Biographical profile/resume including a complete record of academic and professional work
Applicants will be notified of their application status no later than April 1 and if admitted, will be asked to confirm their attendance by April 15.
Preferred selection begins in February, but we will continue accepting qualified applicants through April.
Official transcripts may be mailed to
CAPLA Graduate Programs Office
University of Arizona
1040 N. Olive
Tucson, AZ 85721
Required test(s): N/A
Required GRE Subject tests: N/A
Recommended tests: N/A
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Minimum GRE Verbal: N/A
Minimum GRE Quantitative: N/A
Minumum GRE Written: N/A
Minimum GMAT: N/A
Minimum MAT: N/A
Minimum TOEFL: 79
Minimum IELTS: 7
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Other requirements: Satisfactory Academic Progress
Criteria College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona
I. Degree Requirements: In accordance with University policy, the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture requires a 3.0 as the minimum grade point average for Satisfactory Academic Progress toward the Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Science in Planning and Graduate Certificate in Heritage Conservation programs. Satisfactory Academic Progress also includes timely and successful completion of all degree and certificate requirements.
A grade of incomplete, I, will be assigned only when circumstances beyond a student's control have made timely completion impossible. Faculty will inform the Program Chair when they assign an Incomplete and when the final grade has been submitted. Students may have no more than one Incomplete at any one time. Unfinished work should be completed and submitted to the Instructor of Record by the third week of the subsequent semester otherwise the student is subject to probation.
II. Advising: Students are encouraged to meet with the Graduate Advisor at least once a semester and before registering for the proceeding semester's courses. Students on probation must meet in person with their program's Graduate Advisor or their Major Advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator before the end of the second week of every probationary semester.
III. The Certificate Plan of Study. The CPOS must be submitted to the Graduate College no later than the second semester of graduate study.
Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress guidelines will result in disqualification from the academic program. Students who encounter circumstances beyond their control that retard progress may petition to the Director, through the Graduate Program Coordinator, for an exception to the College Satisfactory Progress Policy.