About the Program

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)

Tuition and Fees

The cost of the degree is US $26,675.00 (or $740.97 / credit hour), which includes instructional costs, course materials, in-country accommodation and transportation for the three required site visits (two to the Gainesville Campus and one international study tour). Roundtrip transportation to these locations is the responsibility of the student. Group scholarships are negotiable upon request for organizations supporting multiple employees in the MSD program. Special rates are also available for Florida Residents.

 

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 US Department of Education’s Report (2009) concluded that 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. Click here for a complete list of available student services.