Sustainability training at Harvard in five graduate courses

Lead a sustainable revolution at your organization. Through the five-course sustainability certificate, you’ll acquire foundational knowledge in environmental management and build skills to implement best practices in sustainability management.

Courses: online and on-campus options

For the certificate, take five of the following courses in sustainability management for graduate credit.

Summer courses

Earning the certificate

No application is required. Simply choose the course you’d like to take first and register for graduate credit. Most students take one or two courses a term.

If you are taking courses online, review the technical requirements outlined in How Distance Education Works.  

You can monitor your academic progress toward the certificate by logging in to online services and choosing “Certificate Course Tracker and Request Form.” This online form will confirm the certificate courses that you’ve taken in the past (within the three-year time frame) as well as courses for which you are currently registered.  

Certificate requirements

  • Take all five courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B in all five courses.
  • Complete all courses within three years.

Requesting the certificate

When you are registered in your final certificate course(s) or once the fifth and final grade has been officially awarded, log in to online services, “Certificate Course Tracker and Request Form,” to request your certificate. If you wait until you have all your five grades, be sure to request the certificate within two weeks of when grades are posted online (see calendar for dates). Certificates are not awarded retroactively.

After your request is reviewed and approved, the award is noted on your transcript, and the certificate is mailed. 

Considering a master’s degree?

If you are interested in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Graduate Program, please note that courses taken for the sustainability certificate cannot count toward both a certificate and degree.

Have questions?

We are happy to answer general questions about the certificate.

  1. First, read our common questions about certificates.
  2. Then e-mail us at