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  Oct 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Sustainable Development M.Sc. (Dual Degree)


The M.Sc. Sustainable Development program at AUC and the various English language delivered LaureaMagistrale in Ingegneria, Architecture or Designat the Politecnico di Milano offer a dual degree program. This cooperation between the American University in Cairo and the Politecnico di Milano provides students interested in both universities the opportunity to have two masters but not obligatory. Students interested only to study at the AUC still can apply only for the AUC Masters in Sustainable Development, so they do not have to apply for a second degree from Italy and the same for the students interested only in Politecnico di Milano.

Students from Politecnico di Milano, after completing their first year of LaureaMagistrale and achieving a minimum of 60 ECTS (18 Credit Hours), join the M.Sc. program in Sustainable Development offered by AUC. Such students will complete 18 Credit Hours (60 ECTS), divided into 9 Credit Hours of Core Module courses (GREN 5201  is mandatory, plus selected ones from among GREN 5202 , GREN 5203 , GREN 5204 , and GREN 5205 ) and 9 Credit Hours from the modules: Green Technologies Module (GREN 5211 , GREN 5213 , GREN 5214 ), the Entrepreneurship Module (GREN 5221 , GREN 5222 , GREN 5223 , GREN 5224 ), the Sustainable Cities Module (GREN 5231 , GREN 5232 , GREN 5233 ), or the Sustainable Communities Module GREN 5244 . An additional 9 Credit Hours (30 ECTS) are required as Sustainable Development Project, to be carried out either as a project work/internships at the Politecnico di Milano or at AUC in the form of three courses (GREN 5281 , GREN 5282 , GREN 5283 ). Finally, such students will produce a final thesis in English through 30 ECTS (9 Credit Hours)defended to faculty at both institutions. After completing 180 ECTS (60 ECTS at POLIMI, 18 Credit Hours at AUC, 9 credit hours/30 ECTS of project and 30 ECTS thesis), students shall be awarded two MSc degrees: the “LaureaMagistrale” in Ingegneria, Architettura or Design, according to the specific course of studies at the POLIMI and the Master of Science in Sustainable Development.

Students from the American University in Cairo, after completing 18 Credit Hours (60 ECTS) in the M.Sc. Sustainable Development program, join one of the English-language delivered LaureaMagistrale programs at the Politecnico di Milano to take 60 ECTS (18 Credit Hours). At AUC, the initial 18 Credit Hours is divided into 9 Credit Hours of Core Module courses (GREN 5201  is mandatory, plus selected ones from among GREN 5202 , GREN 5203 , GREN 5204 , and GREN 5205 ) and 9 Credit Hours from the modules: Green Technologies Module (GREN 5211 , GREN 5213 , GREN 5214 ), the Entrepreneurship Module (GREN 5221 , GREN 5222 , GREN 5223 , GREN 5224 ), the Sustainable Cities Module (GREN 5231 , GREN 5232 , GREN 5233 ), or the Sustainable Communities Module GREN 5244 . Upon completion of those 18 Credit Hours, students who began at AUC study for one year at Politecnico di Milano for 60 ECTS (18 Credit Hours) in one of the approved programs; approved courses are those that meet the qualifications for the selected degree program (list of available programs and admission rules can be found under:
http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/

Students will have also to complete an additional 9 Credit Hours (30 ECTS) of Sustainable Development Project at AUC in the form of three courses (GREN 5281 , GREN 5282  and GREN 5283 ) or as a project work/internships at the Politecnico di Milano. Finally, such students will produce a final thesis in English through 9 Credit Hours (GREN 5251 , GREN 5252 , GREN 5253 ) defended to faculty at both institutions. After completing total54 Credit Hours (180 ECTS, students shall be awarded two MSc degrees: the “LaureaMagistrale in Ingegneria, Architettura or Design, according to the specific course of studies at the POLIMI and the Master of Science in Sustainable Development.

The conversion of credits from Politecnico di Milano to the American University in Cairo is calculated as follows: 1 Credit Hours is equal to 3.33 ECTS.


Admissions


A candidate for the Dual Degree Program, at both AUC and the Politecnico di Milano must meet the requirements for admission to the AUC M.SC. Sustainable Development program and the selected LaureaMagistrale. AUC students can apply after completing their first semester latest by 30th March of each year. Admission to the Dual Degree Program is based on academic qualifications, experience, and a personal statement of interest.