The Graduate Sustainability Certificate equips students with the skills to make significant, systemic changes in their communities, paving the way for a more sustainable future. Through the process of obtaining the sustainability certificate, students gain knowledge about issues pertaining to sustainability, achieve enlightened perspectives about what sustainability means for individuals, communities, and the world, and acquire experience applying this understanding to meaningful, real-world situations.

Degree Awarded: CERT

Application and Completion

  1. There are no prerequisite courses required for the graduate certificate program. To be eligible for admission to the program, you must be in a UGA graduate degree program and in good standing with the University. For more information, please review our website
  2. Application to the program is a two-step process. First, you should complete the application on the program’s website. You will receive an email confirming your registration for the certificate. Second, you should apply for the certificate through the Graduate School(there is a $25 application fee).
  3. The Sustainability Certificate websiteincludes a checklist for completion and details on the process.
  4. Your Sustainability Certificate will be approved when you have completed all the requirements.

Program requirements The certificate is awarded to graduate students who successfully complete at least 17 hours of course work, including an anchor course (3 credit hours) which provides a foundation in sustainability and challenges students to evaluate their behavior as citizens and consumers and consider interdisciplinary challenges associated with a sustainable future; one course from each of the three spheres of sustainability—ecological, economic, and social (9 credit hours); two semesters of a sustainability seminar (2 credit hours), including presentations from UGA and local sustainability experts; a capstone course/project (3 credit hours) applying knowledge gained through hands-on solutions to sustainability challenges; and a portfolio of written reflections.

School/College: Odum School of Ecology

140 E. Green St.
Athens, GA 30602

(706) 542-2968

Graduate Coordinator: Tyra Byers


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