Online Sustainability Graduate Certificate

Today, sustainability is more important to the business world than ever. To ensure a positive impact on the environment, finding employees passionate about people and the planet is a top priority for modern business structures. By enrolling in Arizona State University’s sustainability certificate graduate program, you’ll learn how to empower the community through sustainable practices and protect the ecosystem.

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Quick facts

Next start date: 08/18/2022


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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What will I learn in this sustainability certificate program?

This program helps you build competencies relating to the preservation of the ecosystem. This includes problem-solving methods to address modern day issues impacting the environment.

By the end of this certificate program, you’ll be able to apply this knowledge in professional settings. Communication and collaboration with individuals from varied backgrounds are also two of the many skills you’ll gain from this program, preparing you to incorporate sustainability principles into a wide range of organizations.

Exploring concepts of sustainability through varied electives

 

This sustainability certificate program empowers you to explore your personal areas of interest through electives. From policy and international development to clean air and water, you’ll have access to a range of electives, giving you a better understanding of specific sustainability concepts. Some areas of interest you’ll have the opportunity to pursue include:

  • Clean energy.
  • Climate transformation.
  • Corporate social responsibility.
  • Human rights.
  • Sustainable food systems.
  • Waste reduction.

By focusing on your specific interests, you’ll be able to dive deeper into topics that interest you, while helping you to apply your unique studies to future careers.

ASU Online also offers a Master of Sustainability Leadership for those looking to pursue a program, rather than a certificate. Program coursework covers sustainability communication, leadership and strategy from a global perspective.

Does my sustainability certificate say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured courses in the sustainability certificate program

This graduate sustainability certificate’s curriculum expands your knowledge of sustainability through insight into positive environmental practices. To complete your sustainability certificate, you’ll take two core courses and three elective courses. Your elective courses can be related to sustainability, your current program of study or another area of interest. Courses include:


Core

Pathways to Sustainability


Core

Leading Sustainability Transitions


Core

Mastering the Global Sustainability Context


Core

Strategic Sustainability and Leadership


Core

Sustainability Storytelling and Communications


Core

Essentials for Transformative Leadership in Sustainability


What can I do with my sustainability certificate?

After earning your sustainability certificate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed to fill roles across numerous industries. You may be positioned to use your newly acquired skills to bring sustainable initiatives to your current organization or pursue a different role to help an organization find new, sustainable solutions. Potential careers include, but are not limited to:

Community engagement manager

Energy innovation specialist

Programs and education consultant

Sustainability and environmental specialist

Water resource specialist

Distinguished faculty in sustainability

The School of Sustainability recruits faculty from the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations. They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

Distinguished faculty in sustainability

The School of Sustainability recruits faculty from the finest minds and practitioners in sustainability science, business, governance and mission-driven organizations. They cover a vast array of disciplines, such as business and policy, renewable energy and environmental science. Through use-inspired research, our faculty strives to make our world more sustainable.

Sustainability certificate program admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate College and the School of Sustainability.

Application requirements

International application requirements

Study at the nation’s first School of Sustainability

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.

#1


in innovation for 7 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

#1


university in the U.S. in pursuit of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

#1


“Cool Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.

Top 10%


best global universities.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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