Graduate Degrees in Sustainability in Florida

May 05, 2019

Sustainability is a broad subject that is incorporated into many different fields at several universities throughout Florida. Here we discuss a handful of schools and the range of graduate programs they offer that include study in sustainability.

Florida is home to multiple institutions that seem to value sustainability and incorporate the subject into a wide variety of their graduate programs. Students interested in studying sustainability can pursue programs in diverse fields, including business, ecology, engineering, architecture, and more. Explore some of the different degree options below.

Florida Schools with Graduate Degrees in Sustainability

Florida State University

Florida State University in Tallahassee offers a Master of Science (MS) in Sustainable Energy, an MS and Professional MS in Geology, Oceanography, Meteorology, Aquatic Environmental Science, and a Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law and Policy that all have courses focused on sustainability. In addition to these degree programs, the school has a range of research centers that are committed to sustainable research, such as the Coastal and Marine Laboratory and the Energy and Sustainability Center. The MS in Sustainable Energy is offered through the Mechanical Engineering program. Students in this MS program must complete a thesis.

University of Miami

Beginning in August 2019, the University of Miami in Coral Gables will have an MS in Sustainable Business. The program is science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) certified and totals 32 credits. Students can complete the program in 10 months and does require a capstone project where students work on a sustainability project for a real organization. Students in the program can also compete for scholarship opportunities to help pay for school.

University of South Florida

Tampa's University of South Florida provides a Master of Arts (MA) in Global Sustainability as well as 8 graduate certificates in sustainability through the Patel College of Global Sustainability. The MA requires 30 to 36 credits and a final capstone research project or internship experience. Students in the MA program can choose from 9 sustainable concentration areas, including sustainable tourism, climate change and sustainability, sustainability policy, and entrepreneurship. Several of the graduate certificates can be completed online, all require 12 credit hours, and students can choose from topics such as water sustainability, sustainable business, and food sustainability.

University of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainesville offers a variety of graduate certificate and degree programs that incorporate sustainability and courses in the subject, including an interdisciplinary ecology graduate program, an LLM in Environmental and Land Use Law, and a master's degree in sustainable design. The College of Design Construction and Planning also offers an MA in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in sustainability and certificates in historic preservation and sustainable architecture. The school's College of Engineering is home to the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment (ESSIE) that has graduate programs in civil and coastal engineering, as well as environmental engineering sciences. Research in ESSIE includes topics in air resources, environmental nanotechnology, water systems, coastal ecosystem dynamics, and more.

Florida International University

Florida International University in Miami also provides a wide range of graduate certificate and degree programs that incorporate sustainability into their curriculum. Students can pursue graduate certificates in areas like biodiversity conservation and management, sustainable communities, sustainable construction, and environmental studies. At the degree level, students can earn an MS, Professional Science Master's (PSM), or PhD in sustainability-related topics, including a PhD in Civil Engineering, a PSM in Environmental Policy and Management, or an MS in Environmental Engineering. The university also offers a sustainability-focused Master of Landscape Architecture, dual Juris Doctor (JD)/MS in Environmental Studies, and a Professional MA in Global Affairs.

Common Entrance Requirements

With the sheer diversity and uniqueness of the different graduate degree and certificate programs in sustainability that Florida has to offer, students should be sure to check the specific admissions requirements for their program of interest. For example, the admissions requirements for a graduate certificate program will vary from that of a law degree or master's in engineering. However, most of these graduate programs in sustainability will require students to have a bachelor's degree. Some programs may have a minimum GPA requirement and/or require the GRE. Depending on the program, students may need to indicate their chosen concentration or area of study and/or submit their transcripts, letters of recommendation, resume, personal statement and/or essay responses with their application.

Students in Florida can pursue graduate certificates, MA, MS, PhD and other graduate degrees in various fields of sustainability. Some of these programs may include research opportunities and/or require final projects of some kind.

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