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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Global Sustainability (GBS)
with a Concentration in Sustainable Transportation (STN)

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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:
Richard Berman
Phone: 813-974-9694


Faculty Search: Global Sustainability Faculty List

Program Information

The Patel College of Global Sustainability fosters sustainable urban communities and environments through collaborative research, education and community involvement. Its research generates innovations and new knowledge that helps cities around the world, including those in developing countries, to reduce their ecological footprint while improving their form and function to make them healthier, more livable and resilient.

In this innovative 30 credit hour program, the students will apply their passion for the environment with cutting-edge research and on-the-ground experience. The program offers a multidisciplinary study of the environment, social and economical dimensions of sustainability to enable informed decisions and to create tangible change toward sustainable futures. Upon graduation, the students will be ready for careers in global sustainability that require teamwork and program planning skills to solve sustainability issues in developing and developed nations.

Major Research Areas: Global sustainability, integrated resource management, systems thinking, green communities, entrepreneurship, ecotourism


Accreditation Information:

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


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: May 1
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

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

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • GRE is not required
  • GPA of at least 3.0 or greater;
  • At least two letters of recommendation. One must be academic, from a professor at the applicant's most recent institution
  • Official transcripts for degrees earned at institutions other than the University of South Florida
  • 250-500 word essay that includes the student's academic and professional background, reasons for pursuing this degree, and their professional goals in terms of contributing to global sustainability.
  • Portfolio the applicant may provide a portfolio demonstrating prior work that focuses on sustainability.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test or 550 on the paper-based test are required. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
    • The applicant's native language is English, or
    • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, or
    • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning, or
    • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is
    • English (must be noted on the transcript), or
    • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum Credit Hours Required:30 credits

Core requirements 18 credit hours
Concentration 6 credit hours
Electives 6 credit hours
Comprehensive Exam

The M.A. in Global Sustainability degree has a multitude of concentration offerings in the field of Global Sustainability . It requires students to complete 24 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours of a Global Capstone Project . Twelve (12) credits of the coursework are required to be completed by all students, at least 6 credits of coursework are within the chosen concentration, and 6 credits are reserved for general electives.

CORE REQUIREMENTS - 18 credit hours
IDS 6233     3     Concepts and Principles of Sustainability
IDS 6235     3     Economics and Finance for Sustainability
IDS 6234     3     Systems Thinking: The key to Sustainability
IDS 6238     3     Communicating the Value of Sustainability
Choose one of the following:
IDS 6946     6     Sustainability Internship
IDS 6398     6     Capstone Research Project
The required 6 credit global internship will be completed in the students last semester. All students must complete the Global Internship Preparation Seminar Series prior to registration for Internship.

Students select at least one concentration.

Building Sustainable Enterprise (BSE)
GEB 6457      3     Ethics, Law and Sustainable Business Practices
MAR 6336      3     Promotion Management
or MAR 6936     3     Sustainable Marketing
or MAR 6936     3     Supply Chain Management

Climate Change and Sustainability (CLT)
IDS 6247     3     Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
PHI 6680     3     Climate Change and Civil Evolution

Coastal Sustainability (COA)
IDS 6240     3     Coastal Sustainability: Principles and Concepts
IDS 6241     3     Sustainable Coastal Planning: Strategies and Implementation

Entrepreneurship (ETR)
ENT 6116     3     Business Plan Development
ENT 6186     3     Strategic Market Assessment for New Technologies

Food Sustainability and Security (FOO)
PHC 6515     3     Food Safety
URP 6930     3     Food Systems Planning

Sustainable Energy (SUSE)
IDS 6207      3     Renewable Transportation Fuels
IDS 6208     3     Renewable Power Portfolio

Sustainable Tourism (SUT)
IDS 6236     3     Sustainable Tourism Development: Principles & Practices
IDS 6237     3     Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Management for Coastal & Marine Habitat Protection

Sustainable Transportation (STN)
Choose two of the following courses:
TTE 6651     3     Public Transportation
TTE 6655     3     Transportation and Land Use
URP 6711     3     Multimodal Transportation Planning

Water (WTR)
IDS 6245     3     Sustainable Water Resource Management: Doing More with Less
IDS 6246      3     Water Sensitive Urban design for Sustainable Communities

Electives for all concentrations*: 6 credit hours
Students select two available courses such as the following typically offered:

CGN 6933     3     Green Engineering for Sustainability
CGN 6933      3     Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities
CGN 6933     3     Sustainable Transportation
ECH 5785     3     Sustaining the Earth: An Engineering Approach
EEL 6935     3     Sustainable Energy
ENT 6930     3     Global Entrepreneurship
ENV 6667     3     Environmental Biotechnology
EVR 6216     3     Advances in Water Quality Policy and Management
EVR 6320     3     Environmental Management
EVR 6937     3     Seminar in Environmental Policy: Environmental Policy and the Built Environment
EVR 6937     3     Seminar in Environmental Policy: Sustainability and Development
PAD 6335     3     Urban Growth Management
PAD 6336     3     Community Development Programs and Strategies
PHC 6934     3     Public Health Topics in Global Sustainability
URP 6930     3     Environmental Planning Issues in Coastal Communities

* Other courses in global sustainability may be substituted for these electives as approved by the program director.

Comprehensive exam
The internship report serves as the programs comprehensive exam. As part of this process, students write a 20- page internship proposal and a final internship report. The report requires both field research conducted during the internship and substantial research in the relevant literature. The report is a minimum of 50 pages.

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 program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to 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: to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: 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.


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,