Academic Programs

Certificate Program

Our graduate certificates offer students an abbreviated path to a specialization in sustainability.

Graduate certificates can be earned in only 12 credit hours (four courses) and are perfect for professionals looking to enhance their skills and expertise, boost career advancement potential, and facilitate the advancement of new skills. Certificates also function as a gateway into the Patel College M.A. program as all credits can transfer directly into the degree program.

The Patel College currently offers 8 graduate certificate programs, 7 are offered fully online and on-campus, (with the exception of Building Sustainable Enterprise)


Course Descriptions

To Apply: 

Students interested in obtaining a graduate certificate must complete an online application.  Please note, all new students applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation

  • Click here to learn more about the admission requirements.
  • Click here to learn more about the application process.
  • Click here to learn more about graduate certificate policies for international students.

To Receive Certificate:

After being accepted into the graduate certificate program, the student must register for the courses to complete the certificate requirements. Click here to learn more about course registrations.

Once you have completed your certificate requirements, you have to fill out a graduate certification completion form. For more information the process, click here.

 Cost To Attend:

Certificate Cost to Attend To see a more detailed breakdown of tuition and fees per credit hour, visit USF Tuition and Fees

For questions and academic advising, please contact Jamie Chmiel at