The Patel College of Global Sustainability at University of South Florida

Why you should consider this program

The Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS) is committed to hosting Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) because their real world, international experience will be a tremendous asset in the classroom, on our campus, and within our community. The Master of Arts (MA) degree in Global Sustainability offers students a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the environment, as well as the social and economic dimensions of sustainability. Our interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and the diversity of the disciplines represented by our faculty, paired with a global internship program, prepares students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges with the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts. Our program is an excellent fit for RPCVs. The new partnership will allow Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to complete a graduate degree in one of nine (9) concentrations in the field of sustainability. Students within our program connect regularly with our community partners and have a strong record of success in the workplace upon completion of the degree.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 13,373 $ 32,411 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
Out of state $ 26,746 $ 46,214 $ 0 + You receive additional benefits.
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

9 credit hour per semester tuition waiver and a paid Graduate Assistant waiver.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)

1 to 3

Other benefits or opportunities

Coverdell Fellows will be offered a Graduate Assistant (GA) position, which includes a 20 hour a week paid position (minimum of $13.52/hour for Master's students). They are also eligible for a tuition waiver for the semester(s) in which they are appointed. Up to 9 credit hours of tuition costs can be waived per semester.

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 16,050

Application fee waived?

No

Internship

As a part of our M.A. program, fellows will fulfill their 6-credit capstone internship requirement either nationally, regionally, or locally.

Jobs for program alumni

On average, 75-85% of our graduates who are seeking jobs obtain positions in the sustainability field within 12 months of graduation. Examples of recent alumni careers include: Senior Project Specialist (Santec), Sustainability Officer (HCC), Environmental Health and Safety Manager (Formulated Solutions), Recycling and Sustainability Manager (Leon County, FL),  Environment Project Manager (HDR).

Other details

Program length

1 to 2 years

Application requirements

Applicants to the Coverdell Program must submit their application to the college and include their Coverdell essay. Students will first be notified of their acceptance into the program, and if chosen, students will be notified of their selection as Coverdell Fellows in May (Fall admissions) or September (Spring admissions). Applicants will have approximately on month to accept of decline the offer.

Admissions process

Applicants to the Coverdell Program must submit their application to the college and include their Coverdell essay. Students will first be notified of their acceptance into the program, and if chosen, students will be notified of their selection as Coverdell Fellows in May (Fall admissions) or September (Spring admissions). Applicants will have approximately on month to accept of decline the offer.

Program begins

Mid-August (Fall semester); early January (Spring semester)

Non-traditional options

  • Online degree program
  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship
  • Low residency or distance learning

All core classes are offered on-campus and online; a variety of concentration classes are offered online; a variety of Summer classes are offered online; on-campus classes are held weekdays in the evenings.

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started

2017


Contact

Kelly Gaskell, MPA, MA, Assistant Director, Patel College of Global Sustainability

Address
The Patel Center for Global Solutions
4202 E. Fowler Ave., CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620