BSSBE (4 + 1) MISD


The Master of Integrated Sustainable Development (MISD) degree program at University of Florida addresses the complex issues facing our ever-changing planet. Look towards the future with MISD and discover what you can do to stay on the cutting edge of planning, design, construction and operation of resilient buildings and communities. In MISD, you will work toward targeted academic outcomes designed to empower your career goals.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Gain skills, knowledge, and benchmarking measures to critically evaluate the health of the natural and human-designed world;
  • Develop and understand strategies, technologies, and financial models that support sustainable development;
  • Build competency in a variety of quantitative and analytic skill sets and Artificial Intelligence (AI);
  • Learn to design solutions that reduces environmental impact and increase benefits to society and ecosystems; and
  • Connect with the industry through our industry board and working on local, state, national, and international projects.


The MISD program is a professional graduate degree track, defined by the following features:

  • 30-credit, 12-month graduate degree program
    • 15-credits across four required core courses
    • 15-credits across five elective courses
  • On-campus course delivery
  • Non-thesis professional project
    • Capstone experience in a studio setting on a timely and significant topic focused on sustainability in the built environment
  • BSSBE + MISD (4+1) Combined Degree option
    • Nine credit hours of graduate work maybe completed in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment (BSSBE) undergraduate major
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Not required for any applicant, neither domestic nor international
  • English language proficiency scores required for all international applicants from either of two options
    • Option 1: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Option 2: International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

How to Apply

For more information about MISD or for inclusion in degree updates, please contact the SBE Program Director, Bahar Armaghani.

Financial Aid

Undergraduate degree costs should be satisfied with existing financial aid, such as Bright Futures and Prepaid Tuition. Bright Futures can cover the undergraduate costs of graduate courses that apply to the undergraduate degree up to the maximum allowed by Bright Futures for the respective undergraduate program. Prepaid Tuition can fund the first 120 hours of the undergraduate program. Students will be responsible for the difference in tuition between the undergraduate and graduate course rates.

Advantages of the Combined Degree Program

  • Academically qualified students can obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees in much less time than two separate degrees
  • The program provides continuity between undergraduate and graduate studies
  • The cost of both degrees is reduced since 9 credits apply toward both degrees and the undergraduate portion of those credits can be covered by undergraduate financial aid
  • Students’ marketability is greatly enhanced and the array of job opportunities widened as many professions now require a master’s degree for entry-level positions
  • Students’ exposure to interdisciplinary work increases exponentially

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