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. While the program is available in various formats, Coverdell Fellows must complete the program on campus.

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?



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

Students interested in the Coverdell program must first be accepted into the program;  Interviews for Coverdell Fellows will most likely be 2021.   All Coverdell applicants should have a primary source of funding other than the Coverdell, as it is a very competitive program. For more info on our Coverdell Program please see:

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Coverdell Fellows are required to take the MA program on campus, due to program requirements.

Program begins

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

Non-traditional options

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



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

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