Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability is a 15-hour certificate designed to meet the needs of prospective students interested in developing knowledge in environmental sustainability. The purpose of this certificate is to provide professionals who already have undergraduate degrees with graduate instruction in environmental sustainability as a means to maintaining and promoting their professional development. According to Daly (1990), environmental sustainability can be defined as:

“the rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely.”

More simply, environmental sustainability can be defined as the ability to maintain factors and practices that are valued in the physical environment and that contribute to the quality of the environment on a long-term basis. The certificate program is designed to provide post-baccalaureates with course work in environmental sustainability outside of their undergraduate major. The certificate provides students with a post-baccalaureate educational opportunity that is narrower in scope and shorter in duration than its associated master’s graduate degree program in the Environmental Science Academic Programs.

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission requirements and prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Specific Degree Requirements: See Catalog

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

Contact Information

Graduate Advisor of Record: Janis Bush, Ph.D.
Email Address:
Telephone: (210) 458-5660

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