A Message to Sponsoring Businesses and Institutions

The Sustainable Design Master’s Degree (SDM) provides private businesses, government and non-governmental organizations with a flexible educational platform to support their valued employees’ goals for personal and professional advancement. The low-residency-online program delivery, assures that your employees receive the benefits of a top quality graduate educational experience with minimal interruption to their work schedule.  In addition to rigorous coursework covering best practices in sustainability, participants are required to design and complete a research project that supports their career objectives.

Why Select UF?
The University of Florida (UF) is one of the nation’s largest public institutions, with current enrollments of approximately 50,000 students. UF has 16 colleges and more than 100 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes that attracted $638.6 million dollars in funded research in 2012. The Graduate School coordinates almost 200 graduate programs. Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), the prestigious higher-education organization comprised of the top 59 public and private institutions in North America. The University of Florida is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

University of Florida Rankings

U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Annual Guide to America’s Best Colleges has ranked UF #58 among the nation’s Best National Universities and #19 among the nation’s Top Public Schools (out of 4,140 total)

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine has ranked the University of Florida #3 in Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013.

Forbes has ranked the University of Florida #10 in their Top 100 Best Buy Colleges – 2012

View more UF Facts and Rankings here.


The College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP)

The College of Design Construction and Planning (DCP) is the academic unit offering the SDM degree. The College was established in 1925 and has emerged as one of the largest design, planning and construction institutions in the country with more than 1,500 students. DCP is composed of five fully accredited professional disciplines: the M. E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, the School of Architecture, the School of Landscape and Planning and the Department of Interior Design. The college also offers an interdisciplinary program in historic preservation, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the US, which allows graduate students to gain expertise in research and application of historic preservation in the United States and abroad. In 2008, DCP established the nation’s first Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment, drawing upon faculty throughout the college followed by the graduate level Masters of Science in Sustainable Design degree in 2010.
The cost of this degree is US $26,675.00, which includes instructional costs, course materials, in-country accommodation and transportation for the three short residency requirements (one per semester: two to the Gainesville Campus and one international study tour). Roundtrip transportation to these locations is the responsibility of the student. Group discounts are negotiable upon request for organizations supporting multiple employees in the SDM program. Discounts are also available for Florida residents.

An Interdisciplinary Concentration and Certificate in Sustainable Design (ICCSD) is also available as a 12 credit one-semester program that can be applied towards the Sustainable Design Master’s Degree. We also offer short courses and workshops in LEED Training, Greening Existing Buildings, Designing and Planning the Soundscape of Communities and Buildings, and Stewardship of Cultural Heritage.

Please contact Michael Kung at mkung@dcp.ufl.edu for more information.