Global Sustainability

The certificate program in Global Sustainability ensures understanding of the principles of sustainability and the interdependence of the environment, the economy, and social systems to become effective stewards of natural resources and the environment. The program seeks to advance students' ability to understand and address real-world environmental problems; apply systems approach to manage social ecological systems; and develop critical thinking skills for affecting decisions involving environmental policy, resource management, biodiversity conservation and human health.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered both fully online and on campus

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

You will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional. To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.



Requirements (12 Credit Hours)

  • IDS 6233 - Concepts and Principles of Sustainability (3)
  • IDS 6235 - Economics and Finance for Sustainability (3)
  • IDS 6234 Systems Thinking: The Key to Sustainability (3)
  • IDS 6247 - Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (3)



Time Limit

Three years

Credit Toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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