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    Sustainable Leadership Certificate

    Are you looking to learn skills to become a better leader? Have you ever thought about incorporating sustainability into your daily life, career or business?

    The 16-credit Sustainable Leadership certificate program provides the foundation needed to become a sustainability professional in under nine months! Students will learn how to use systems thinking and problem-solving skills to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of sustainability, which encompasses economic, social and environmental issues.

    The online distance-learning format is flexible and affordable, accommodating anyone interested in learning about sustainability. Students take one class at a time, which helps working professionals balance their school, work and personal responsibilities along with providing time to focus on each course. The program offers an ideal layout for busy working professionals, high school graduates or anyone who is looking to add a differentiating credential to their resume.

    Course Information

    The curriculum is well suited for almost any industry, profession and employment level including but not limited to corporate and small business, travel, hospitality, transportation, education, healthcare, science and the food industry. Students take five three-credit courses and a one-credit capstone course.

    While the program develops leadership and management skills through exploring issues involving sustainability, this is an excellent program for anyone interested in becoming an efficient leader by encouraging a productive workforce and reducing expenditure costs.

    Program Layout and Courses

    Fall Semester
    SUS 105Principles of Sustainability3 creditsOnline I
    SUS 205Resource Economics3 creditsOnline II
    Winter Session
    SUS 110Leadership for Sustainability3 creditsOnline
    Spring Semester
    SUS 210Framework for Sustainable Businesses3 creditsOnline I
    SUS 215Sustainable Project Proposal3 creditsOnline II
    SUS 201Sustainable Leadership Capstone1 creditOnline II

    View the carriculum guide.


    Tuition is subject to change. Current tuition rate is based on a $520 fee per credit, plus fees and books.

    • Fall Semester: $3,120
    • Winter Intersession: $599
    • Spring Semester: $3,640
    • Total program cost: $7,359

    Job Outlook

    According to a 2014 study, sustainability careers are increasing as business leaders are aligning sustainability with their business goals, mission or values. Overall sustainability, careers are up 30% from 2012.

    The certification is designed to be a differentiating credential providing students with the knowledge to support sustainable practices in any industry. The certificate also prepares students to take the International Society of Sustainability Professional’s Sustainability Associate Test (ISSP-SA) which is an internationally recognized credential.

    Admissions Requirements

    Students must have a high school diploma or GED. For students interested in taking a single course, acceptance will be based on a selective admissions process, if seats are available.