The University of South Florida’s sustainability focused academics prepares students to lead sustainable change and meet the growing needs of private and public sectors around the world.
The Master of Arts (MA) in Global Sustainability is designed to prepare students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges related to sustainability and the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts.
Core courses explore the collaboration between sustainable development, environmental management and the green economy. With the option of a capstone global internship and personalized career services, this truly is a master’s program like no other.
The Patel College of Global Sustainability strives to offer a dynamic curriculum, top-notch internship experiences, and overall superior education for our students.
The M.A. in Global Sustainability offers nine concentrations, all concentrations are available in a traditional on-campus format and most are available fully online. See your concentration of interest for details.
To leverage existing strengths in faculty expertise in global sustainability that parallel student demand, we have identified Water, Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Energy as logical concentrations for the MA degree.
All M.A. in Global Sustainability students must complete all core requirements (18 credits), at least one concentration (6 credits), and two courses from the electives (6 credits). In order to ensure successful (and well-timed) progression through the graduate program, it is important students commit to their concentration of choice upon admission to the School.
Concentration in Sustainable Energy
The sustainable energy concentration provides knowledge in the growing field of renewable energy, which is expected to quadruple within a few decades creating significant employment, investment, and trade opportunities. As the U.S. and world economies seek to become more sustainable, they will be increasingly dependent on renewable fuels and power. Students will be prepared for private and public sector positions of leadership and responsibility in the biofuels, solar, wind, biomass, smart grid, and other renewable energy sectors.
Concentration in Water
The water concentration will enable students to understand the complex regional and global water-related sustainability challenges and to develop innovative, sustainable solutions specifically in the specializations of green infrastructure, urban water, and coastal issues.
Concentration in Entrepreneurship
The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in entrepreneurship provides students with a comprehensive understanding of concepts, tools, and skills of sustainability and green technology. Focus areas include green technology, development, transportation, energy, and sustainable enterprise.
Concentration in Sustainable Tourism
The M.A. in Global Sustainability concentration in Sustainable Tourism enables students to understand the relationships between tourism, society, culture and sustainability. Students develop the skills necessary to design a successful sustainable tourism strategy and development plan that is beneficial to business, coastal and marine habitats, and the local community.
Requiring just 12 credit hours, graduate certificates offer students an abbreviated path to a specialization in sustainability. They’re perfect for professionals looking to enhance their skills and expertise or boost career advancement potential. Plus, all graduate certificate credits can transfer directly into the master’s degree program.
* The master’s degree and graduate certificate options are available either online or on campus.
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