The SOS Program is designed to leverage the collective energy and individual experiences of the SOS students and team.
The SOS Master’s Program in Sustainable Architecture and Design is based upon a curriculum that combines education with research and practice-based project work. The full-time course is characterized by the opportunity to provide the framework where this expertise can be applied, in an integrated way, to real projects, in collaboration with MC A professionals as well the SOS industrial partners. The master is the most suitable choice for those who, having completed their degree, are looking for an experience that integrates training, research and professional practice in the field of sustainability.
  • Language of instruction:
    English
  • Type:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    Full-time program from October 2022 to June 2023
  • Location:
    Milan, Italy
  • Tuition fee:
    15.000€
  • Admission requirements:
    3 or 4 year Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Design.
Why choose us
SOS is a place where our students can become part of an active community with the goal of bringing about a better future. All foundations courses are taught by professionals with a high level of expertise in the specific areas covered which feeds into our practical approach also within the classroom with systematic case and project studies, group work and review. We offer students the unique opportunity of fully becoming part of MC A Studio during their time here, having the opportunity to work on real projects with the supervision of MC A professionals as well as our high level industry partners.

Program
The SOS Master’s Program in Sustainable Architecture and Design consists of two phases which exemplify our philosophy of bringing theory and practice together.
Foundation Courses
The first part, running from October to February features our “Foundation Courses” which are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to address the challenges of the future with an open-minded, holistic, research-driven, human-centered approach targeting sustainable environments. These courses train students to become specialized professionals in the field of Sustainability.
Please find the course descriptions and instructors bios below:
Project-Tracks
The second phase, running from February to June, is dedicated to the Project Tracks.

In close collaboration with the MCA professionals from the research and development department and SOS Institutional partners, we offer students the chance to work (in teams) on real projects which all groups will present at the end of the program in a public meeting featuring the participation of the entire SOS staff along with SOS and MCA institutional partners.

The specific subjects of the project tracks are defined and presented to our Master’s Students by SOS instructors and change year to year in light of trends and developments of the firm itself, but they are divided into 4 distinct project track themes.

Please find Project Track theme descriptions and examples below:

Admission
Applications for #SOS9: - 2022/2023 academic year are now open! Apply today! Limited spots available! Click on Apply now and follow the instructions to submit the requested documents, qualified candidates will be contacted by the SOS Admissions Staff for an aptitude interview.
Is this the right program for me?
At SOS - School of Sustainability we welcome applications from all over the world. We seek recent graduates and emerging professionals with diverse backgrounds to form a multidisciplinary group capable of undertaking environmental challenges using a research-driven creative approach. The program and particularly the project tracks are catered primarily to architects, engineers and designers although the School also invites candidates with other profiles, on the basis of their motivation and skills in relation to the issues proposed in the courses, to submit their application for consideration! The criteria for acceptance are talent and motivation, along with the commitment and the ambition to contribute to the spreading of the culture of sustainability. If you are passionate about Sustainability and looking to expand your horizons SOS is the answer! Additionally for passionate students lacking certain technical skills necessary for acceptance into the Master’s Program, we encourage you to contact us to explore our single course modules as well as our short term summer programs!
Selection Process
After having completed all the steps indicated in our “Apply Now” Form and uploading the requested documents, qualified candidates will be contacted for an aptitude interview. As the SOS Master’s Program is fully English taught, students are required to have a minimum of a B2.1 Level. Students holding a valid English Language Certification can submit it during the application process. Students without a valid certification need not worry! The aptitude interview with the SOS Admissions Staff can also serve as an evaluation of proficiency.

Program Fees
The total participation fee for the #SOS9 2022-2023 Academic Year Master’s Program is 15.000€.

SOS is offering an Early Bird Discount of 5% on program tuition fees for those who apply by March 1st, 2022 for the SOS Master’s Program in Sustainable Architecture and Design.

*Early Bird deadline is subject to change based on number of applications received.

The tuition Fee must be paid in its entirety according to the following instalments.

• 2.000€ – Registration fee – within two weeks of receiving the acceptance offer for the 2022/2023 Academic Year

• 6.000€ – First installment – September 30th 2022

• 7.000€ (or final amount due if awarded scholarship)– Second installment – December 20th 2022

*Awarded scholarships and Early Bird Discounts will be applied as a tuition reduction on the payment of the final installment.

Scholarship
Thanks to the support of our partners, SOS will make available 20 scholarships to partially offset Program tuition fees.

5 scholarships worth 2.500€
5 scholarships worth 1.500€
10 scholarships worth 1.000€


Upon receiving the acceptance packet each student will be notified as to the amount of scholarship funding that will be made available to them. The criteria are academic excellence, experience and motivation.


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FAQ
1What are the program costs and payment deadlines?
Master’s Program: The total participation fee for the full Master’s Program is 15.000€. The tuition Fee must be paid in its entirety according to the following instalments. *awarded scholarships will be applied as a reduction on the total amount of the tuition cost. • 2.000€ – Registration fee – within two weeks of receiving the acceptance offer for the 2022/2023 Academic Year • 6.000€ – First installment – September 30th 2022 • 7.000€ (or final amount due if awarded scholarship)– Second installment – December 20th 2022
2Does SOS offer scholarship to applicants?
SOS does offer scholarships to Master’s Program students. The scholarships can vary according to our internal evaluation of every candidate profile and the timing of submission. Scholarships typically range from 1.000€ to 3.000€ and will be awarded to candidates based on their academic and professional merit. The exact amount will be communicated to the student along with the acceptance letter. Additionally, scholarship funding for special content-based projects might be offered by external partners.
3Am I eligible to join the Master Program even if I do not hold a degree in Design, Architecture or Engineering?
The program focuses on design related disciplines and therefore welcomes applicants with an architecture, design or engineering degree. That being said, the school may consider applicants with diverse relevant backgrounds as long as the candidate can demonstrate a high level of interest and motivation.
4Among the requirements for the Master’s Program there is the B2 Level English Certificate (CEFR). Do I need to have a valid English Language Certification in order to apply?
The program is English taught and SOS requires a minimum B2.1 Level (CEFR) for participation. Applicants will not be required to submit a valid certification, a self-certification indicating a B2.1 level or above is sufficient. During the aptitude interview, the SOS Admission team will also make an evaluation of the language level.
5Will the Foundation Courses be offered through distance learning? Are students required to attend the courses synchronously or asynchronously? Will students be able to interact directly with the instructors?
For SOS#8 all foundation courses will be held online and be split into a lecture part (which will be recorded and made available on our online platform), followed by a practical segment directed live by the professors. The courses Foundations of Sustainability, Green Building Manager, Healthy Materials, Environmental Design, Design for Circular Economy will be split into 4 weekly session with sessions 1 and 3 including 1 hour of lecture followed by a self-study activity (a reading, a project to develop, an exercise provided to the students by the instructor) which will be carried out in the following hour (instructors will be available for consultation during the self-study hours). For sessions 2 and 4 the students will meet with the instructor for 1 hour and be guided through a tutorial where they will be able to share the results of their self-study activity within a virtual workspace. At the end of the day’s lesson the instructor will provide students with the necessary information to be able to complete the assignment by the following class. The Parametric Design course will instead feature 4 classes a week of 3 hours each for a period of 2 weeks. Live participation is mandatory for all students.
6How is the dissertation phase of the Master’s Program structured? Will students be able to take part both through distance learning or on campus in Milan?
The final phase of the Master’s Program will be dedicated to a final dissertation for all students. This phase will be made available to our students both in online format and in presence and students will have much more flexibility. The dissertation period lasts 4 months, and is the final phase of the SOS Master’s Program. Students will carry on individual study activities (supervised by SOS track leaders through individual distance learning sessions) focusing on the contents developed in the Project Track phase, such as the exploration of a key area of research or the development of particular technical aspects of the project. The goal is to prepare necessary materials for the final dissertation to be presented in September. During these final months dedicated to the dissertation work, SOS will also provide guidance to students for their professional development through mentorship activities performed by SOS staff.
7Will students receive a certificate at the end of the Master’s Program?
All students will receive a certificate of attendance providing a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies carried out and completed according to a standard 8-point model, based on the initiative of the European Commission, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It should be highlighted that our curriculum reflects the practice based, research driven approach to education that is the main feature of our program, greatly benefitting from our extended network of partnerships with both academic, professional and industrial entities.
8Where is SOS located?
SOS is located in Milan along with Mario Cucinella studios at our new location in Via Poma 52, Milano 20129.
9What are the participation requirements for the Master’s Program?
Full time attendance is compulsory for the 4-month Project Track phase of the Master’s Program. Students shall carefully comply with the course work hour requirements as indicated by the School. Absences exceeding three days must be promptly communicated to SOS School Administration and must be justified by proper certification. During the initial phase (Foundation Courses) and final (Dissertation) phase, students will be able to follow all program activities remotely with more flexibility.
10With the completion of the Master’s program, will SOS offer job/internship opportunities to participating students?
Enrollment in the SOS Master’s Program does not guarantee job/internship placement for participating students. However, one of the main features of our program is a full immersive experience within our extended network of partnerships with both academic and industrial entities which can lead to professional opportunities for students. Moreover, SOS will assist interested students in applying for internship opportunities at the end of the program.
11How many students will participate in the Master’s Program?
The minimum number of students for SOS#8 is 15 and the maximum number of students is 30.
12Will the Porgram be held online or on campus?
We are planning to hold all SOS#9 Master's Program activities on campus in Milan for the 2022-2023 academic year, from our foundations courses to our project tracks. SOS will offer select single courses in online format for executive students not enrolled in the full Master's Program.
13What are the dates for the Foundation Courses which will be available in the Stand Alone program?
What are the dates for the Foundation Courses which will be available in the Stand Alone program? SOS answers: The standalone modules will be held according to the following calendar (classes will be in the afternoons, class times will be made available in the coming weeks). Foundations of Sustainability - the weeks of October 4th to October 28th Green Building Manager - the weeks of November 2nd to November 26th Healthy Materials - the weeks of November 2nd to November 26th Parametric Design - the weeks of November 29th and December 9th Environmental Design - the weeks of December 13th to February 10th Design for Circular Economy - the weeks of December 13th to February 10th
14What are the application deadlines for the Standalone modules?
Students will be able to enroll into any Standalone course up to two weeks before the start date of the course.
15What documents are required to apply?
Students interested in applying to the Master’s Program can fill out the application form. In addition to your contact information, you will be requested to send on: Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae / Resume, and Design Portfolio. Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted by the SOS Admissions Team. Students interested in applying to Standalone course can fill out the application form the course description page of the course. In addition to your contact information, you will be requested to send on your Curriculum Vitae / Resume.