In Building and Construction Technology at UMass Amherst we are offering educational programs for undergrads, graduate students, as well as pre-college students and professionals. Our BCT program is available as a B.S. major and a minor. In addition, we provide a thesis M.S., professional M.S., and a Ph.D. degree. Non-degree students can take advantage of our online or in-person courses for continuing education or as part of a graduate certificate.

Undergraduate Program


Undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Science in Building and Construction Technology program learn about building design, building science and technology, project management, business aspects, and the market forces that drive today’s building industry in the context of sustainable building practices. It is this combination of solid technical understanding with a practical business education that makes our graduates highly desirable to potential employers.

The majority of our graduates secure positions as construction project managers, technical professionals, marketing specialists, supervisors, green building and resource specialists, building energy analysts, and many other sectors of the building and construction industry, often even before they graduate.

Learn more about our undergraduate study options here:

B.S. in Building and Construction Technology

Minor in Building and Construction Technology

Graduate Program


Our graduate program is a center for advanced study and research in a broad range of topics related to sustainable building systems, green building, construction technology, building materials science, wood technology, bio-based construction materials, building energy use and modeling, and construction project management. Students pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) or Ph.D. with us in Environmental Conservation with a concentration in Sustainable Building Systems are well prepared for a management-level job or a career in academia.

In addition to research-based programs, we also offer a Professional Masters program that is coursework-based and can be completed in the time frame of a year.

Learn more about our graduate programs here:

M.S. or Ph.D. in Sustainable Building Systems


BCT is offering a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction to professionals seeking an opportunity to pursue in-depth studies in sustainability in building design and construction without needing to complete a full degree program. This certificate’s topics are comprised of sustainable (green) building systems and materials, energy and conservation, building technologies, and construction management. 16 credits of coursework can be completed through a combination of in-person and online courses, with in-person courses offered in Amherst, Newton (on our Mount Ida campus) or both.

Learn more about this certificate here:

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Building Construction

Pre-College Programs

The BCT BuildingLab is a two-week immersive pre-college program for high school students interested in exploring building construction, building science, sustainability, engineering, architecture, technology, and discovering related career paths. Rising 10th – 12th graders get a feel for what college is like while earning two (2) college credits that can be applied towards the Building Construction Technology Program (BCT) at UMass, or others.

Learn more about the BuildingLab program here:

BCT’s BuildingLab Pre-College Program