Sustainable Design

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: May 26, 2024
152 place StudyQA ranking:3944 Duration:18 months

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The three-semester, Masters of Science in Sustainable Design (MSD) leads to a University of Florida master's degree in the specialized field of sustainable design. Open to applicants with a bachelor's degree in any field, it is an excellent opportunity for enhancing your educational background, professional qualifications or teaching credentials through individualized, in-depth and interdisciplinary research in specific areas under the guidance of faculty specialists.
The program draws upon the diverse strengths of the College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) in architecture, building construction, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning. The program includes a minimum of 36 credits of course work, with eight credits applied toward a Thesis or Masters Research Project (MRP)

Why Choose a Low Residency-Distance Learning Program?

The Low Residency-Distance Learning format is ideal for students who have work or personal obligations that make relocating for further education impractical. Combining interactive online tools with intensive face-to-face workshops allows you to interact with students and instructors from around the globe. You have the added confidence that many studies in the last ten years have demonstrated that there is no significant difference in the learning outcomes experienced by students in a traditional classroom versus those in a distance-learning context. In fact a 12 year study by the on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.

In addition, the asynchronous on-line content delivery (an open, flexible delivery) adapts to the challenges of your schedule. The MSD program is one of the few degrees in its class that blends online learning with a face-to-face interaction program between students and faculty. The cohort gathers in the fall and summer semesters at our Gainesville campus and at an international location for workshops in the spring semester built around the design studio project.

When you enroll in the MSD program, you have the same rights and privileges as any other UF graduate student such as access to our excellent digital library database, and academic advising.

Semester 1

International Sustainable Development

Sustainable Design Problem Solving

Electives in Sustainable Design

Introduction to Sustainability Research

Semester 2

Design Studio in Sustainability

Ecological Issues in Sustainability

Research Project Proposal Development

Semester 3

Capstone Research Project

Electives in Sustainable Design

Cases of Sustainability in Practice

The admission requirements are:A four-year U.S. bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or a four-year international equivalent.Professional work experience-defined broadly-that can serve as a foundation for the field of sustainability. Some design experience or training is useful but not required as this is an interdisciplinary program.An official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score. A score of 140 (approximately 320 under the old scoring system) on the verbal section is considered a minimum by the Graduate Council. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Financial aid for graduate students is available from a number of sources at the University of Florida.

Many departments and colleges within UF offer scholarships, assistantships and fellowships to qualified students pursuing master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. Contact your specific graduate program to find out what financial aid opportunities are available at the department and college level, and what is required to qualify for them.

The UF Graduate Fellowship Initiative combines legislative funding and private donations to create competitive financial aid packages for Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Fine Arts students. To read more about Alumni Graduate Fellowships, Graduate School Fellowships, Presidential Fellowships and fellowships offered by individual colleges within UF, visit its website by clicking here: UF Graduate Fellowship Initiative.

The UF Office of Graduate Minority Programs offers different forms of financial aid, such as scholarships and internships, for graduate students from minority and underrepresented backgrounds, such as first-generation college students and students in non-traditional majors.

The UF Honors Program offers a number of fellowships, grants and scholarships for studying here at UF or abroad. For more information, visit its website by clicking here: UF Honors Program

The UF Graduate Student Council offers grants for graduate student research and travel. For more information, visit its website by clicking here: UF Graduate Student Council.

The UF Libraries Data Sources for Funding Webpage lists links to a number of sources for grants and other funding. To access this resource, click here: UF Libraries Data Sources for Funding Webpage.

The online UF Graduate School Financial Aid Bulletin Board provides you with links to organizations outside UF that offer fellowships, grants and scholarships to graduate students. Visit this webpage by clicking here: Financial Aid Bulletin Board Board.

UF Student Financial Affairs oversees and coordinates all financial aid operations at UF. Its website has a wealth of online material about loans, grants, scholarships, student employment and other forms of financial aid from university, government and outside sources, as well who is eligible for them and how to apply for them. Check out its webpage on graduate financial aid available from departmental, college and university-wide sources on the UF campus by clicking here: Graduate Financial Aid Webpage.


Sustainability in the design, construction and planning of the built environment is the connecting thread between all of the professional programs in our College, and a centerpiece of the University of Florida's strategic plan. We are recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading public institutions teaching, researching and providing consulting in sustainability. Our College's Masters of Science in Sustainable Design degree program (MSD) harnesses the rich and diverse expertise of our faculty around a common objective.

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