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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Global Sustainability (GBS)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 30.3301
College of Global Sustainability (CS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Global Sustainability
School of Global Sustainability Department (SGS)
4202 E. Fowler Ave CGS101
Tampa Fl  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Govindan Parayil
Phone: 813-974-9694
Email: gparayil@usf.edu

Website: http://www.usf.edu/pcgs/


Faculty Search: Global Sustainability Faculty List


Major Information

The Patel College of Global Sustainability fosters sustainable urban communities and environments through collaborative research, education, and community engagement Its research generates innovations and new knowledge that help communities and nations around the world, including those in developing countries, to reduce their ecological footprint while improving their social, economic, and environmental sustainability parameters to make them healthier, more livable, equitable and more resilient

In this innovative 30 credit hour graduate major, the students will apply their passion for the environment with hands-on experiential learning through internships to find sustainability solutions. The major offers a multidisciplinary study of the environment and social and economic dimensions of sustainability, as well as training in research methodology to enable practitioners to make informed decisions and to create tangible change toward sustainable futures. All students are required to perform a mandatory internship in the public or private sector. Upon graduation, the students will be ready for careers in global sustainability that require a systems approach, teamwork, program planning, and policy development skills to solve sustainability issues in developing and developed nations.

Major Research Areas: Sustainable development, sustainability policy, environmental policy, green communities, ecotourism.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
Summer: ---

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GPA of at least 3.25 or greater; alternatively a GPA of at least 3.00 along with a GRE Verbal score of 153 (61 percentile) or higher, Quantitative of 153 (51 percentile) or higher and Analytical Writing of 3.5 or higher, all taken within 5 years of application.
  • At least two letters of recommendation from professors or supervisors (signed, dated, and on official letterhead).
  • Resume.
  • Letter of Interest (up to 350 words explaining why the student is interested in Sustainability).

English Proficiency Requirement/TOEFL
International applicants from non-English speaking countries or who have not earned a degree in the United States must demonstrate English Proficiency. A minimum of 100 on the Internet-based Test (iBT), IELTS score of 7.0, or a PTE-A score of 68 is required for admission. For specific requirements - http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies_Sect4_full.php#engprof.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Total Minimum Hours - 30 credits
The M.A. in Global Sustainability degree offers a number of concentrations. Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as follows:

Core courses 12 credit hours
Concentration courses 9 credit hours
Electives 6 credit hours
Internship/Research 3 credit hours
Comprehensive Exam

CORE COURSES 12 credit hours
IDS 62333Concepts and Principles of Sustainability
IDS 62353Economics and Finance for Sustainability
IDS 62343Systems Thinking: The key to Sustainability
IDS 62253Research Methods for Sustainability

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS - 9 credits minimum
Students select at least one concentration.

Climate Change and Sustainability (CLT)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 62083Renewable Power Portfolio
IDS 62103Bioresources for a Sustainable Future
IDS 62223Navigating the Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus
IDS 62233Waste Not, Want Not: Reconsidering Waste, Re-purposing Wasted Resources
IDS 62473Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
EVR 62163Water Quality Policy and Management
PHI 66803Climate Change and Civil Evolution

Entrepreneurship (ETR)
Choose three of the following courses
ENT 61163Business Plan Development
ENT 61863Strategic Market Assessment
ENT 67063Global Entrepreneurship
ENT 69303Special Topics/Seminars: Social Entrepreneurship
Or
IDS62393 Entrepreneurship with a Social Impact

Food Sustainability and Security (FOO)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 62103Bioresources for a Sustainable Future
IDS 62223 Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus
IDS 62233Waste Not, Want Not: Reconsidering Waste, Re-purposing Wasted Resources
IDS 62703 Sustainable Food Production
IDS 62713Future of Food: Environment, Health, and Policy
PHC 65153Food Safety
URP 64443Global and Community Food Systems

Sustainable Business (SBU)
GEB 64573 Ethics, Law and Sustainable Business Practices
Choose two of the following courses:
GEB 65273 Lean Six Sigma
MAR 63363 Promotional Management
MAR 64663 Supply Chain Management
MAR 6936 3 Selected Topics in Marketing: Sustainable Marketing

Sustainable Energy (SUSE)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6207 3Renewable Transportation Fuels
IDS 62083Renewable Power Portfolio
IDS 62103Bioresources for a Sustainable Future
IDS 62223Navigating the Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus
ECH 59313Solar Energy and Applications
EEL 69353Sustainable Energy

Sustainability Policy (GLP)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6239 3Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
EVR 69373Seminar in Environmental Policy
PAD 63073Policy Analysis, Implementation, and Program Evaluation
URP 6403 3Planning for Resilient Communities
URP 64063Urban Environmental Policy
Choose two of the following courses. Other courses may be considered by concentration Director and PCGS Academic Program Director.
IDS 62473Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
URP 6316 3Land Use Planning
URP 64223Environmental Planning in Coastal Communities
URP 64443Global Food Systems Planning
URP 6930C3The Disaster Resilient Community

Sustainable Tourism (SUT)
IDS 62363Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices
IDS 62373Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management for Coastal & Marine Habitat
Choose one of the following courses:
IDS 6239 3Implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
IDS 62473Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Choose two of the following courses. Other courses may be considered by concentration Director and PCGS Academic Program Director.
IDS 62233Waste Not, Want Not: Reconsidering Waste, Re-purposing Wasted Resources
HMG 62463Organizational Effectiveness in Hospitality
OCE 60853Ocean Policy

Sustainable Transportation (STN)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 6207 3Renewable Transportation Fuels
TTE 55013Transportation Planning and Economics
TTE 66513Public Transportation
TTE 66553Transportation and Land Use
URP 67113Multimodal Transportation Planning
Choose two of the following courses. Other courses may be considered by concentration Director and PCGS Academic Program Director.
CGN 69333Sustainable Transportation
TTE 52053Traffic Systems Engineering
TTE 65073Travel Demand Modeling
TTE 63153Transportation Safety

Water Sustainability (WSR)
Choose three of the following courses:
IDS 62223Navigating the Sustainable Food Energy Water Nexus
IDS 62453Sustainable Water Resource Management: Doing More with Less
IDS 62463Water Sensitive Urban design for Sustainable Communities
IDS 62473Water Resources Planning
EVR 62163Water Quality Policy and Management

An additional 6 graduate hours is required. Any other concentration's courses are preferred electives. Other courses may be considered by concentration Director and PCGS Academic Program Director.

Internship/Research Requirement 3 credit hours
Choose one of the following:
IDS 69463Sustainability Internship
IDS 69353: Capstone Research Project
The required 3 credit Internship or Research Project will be completed in the student's last semester

Note- for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCV) in the Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Program, the required 3 credit hour internship will be fulfilled by completing part or all of the required internship course (IDS 6946) locally or nationally.

Comprehensive exam
The Internship or research report serves as the program's comprehensive exam. As part of this process students write a final report and deliver a presentation based on their internship work or research project.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

IDS6233, IDS6235, IDS6234, IDS6238, IDS6946, ENT6116, ENT6186, IDS6240, IDS6241, IDS6236, IDS6237, IDS6245,