Online Sustainability Graduate Certificate

Developing sustainable solutions requires collaboration across industries. The sustainability certificate helps you gain the knowledge needed to integrate sustainable thinking into any field, such as education, government or nonprofit work. Earn the graduate certificate as a standalone or add it to your area of study at Arizona State University.

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Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 5

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 15

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A sustainability certificate for any industry

Sustainability is a major area of growth across industries such as business, education, engineering and more. Many organizations, businesses, governments and agencies seek individuals with knowledge of sustainability and how to apply sustainability concepts.

In the sustainability graduate certificate, you’ll learn systems thinking and solutions-based problem-solving to address sustainability challenges. You’ll learn to communicate and collaborate with individuals from varied backgrounds, preparing you to incorporate sustainability principles into a wide range of organizations.

What will I learn in a sustainability certificate program?

 

In a sustainability certificate program, you’ll study the foundations of sustainability. Through electives, you’ll explore specific areas of interest. Subjects may include policy, international development and clean air and water. You can also learn about sustainable food systems, corporate social responsibility and waste reduction. Other areas may include human rights, climate transformation and clean energy.

Earn a graduate certificate in as little as 2 sessions

 

You may be able to complete the sustainability certificate in just two sessions, depending on how many credits you take each session. The program can be taken independently or as a supplement to another graduate degree program.

Sustainability courses

In the sustainability certificate program, you’ll take two required courses and three elective courses. Electives may be related to sustainability, your program of study if you’re currently in a graduate program or another area of interest. The graduate certificate is designed to increase your knowledge of sustainable practices as you grow in your career.


Required

Pathways to Sustainability


Required

Leading Sustainability Transitions


Elective

Mastering the Global Sustainability Context


Elective

Strategic Sustainability and Leadership


Elective

Sustainability Storytelling and Communications


Elective

Essentials for Transformative Leadership in Sustainability


What can I do with a sustainability certificate?

The graduate certificate in sustainability may be relevant to individuals in a variety of industries. Because many organizations seek to implement greener initiatives, your knowledge of sustainability may be valuable across areas, from business to health care and more. You can use your skills to bring sustainable initiatives to your current organization. Or, pursue a role in sustainability to help find new solutions.

Sustainability and environmental specialist

Water resource specialist

Energy innovation specialist

Programs and education consultant

Community engagement manager

Learn from sustainability professionals

ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty from 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.

Learn from sustainability professionals

ASU’s School of Sustainability recruits faculty from 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.

Requirements for a grad certificate in sustainability

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

Application requirements

International application requirements

Enroll in one of the leading schools in 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


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

Top 10


Coolest Schools by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.

#1


in innovation for 5 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10%


Best Global Universities.

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