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.
Knowledge-set courses (choose two)
Energy and the Environment
Strategies for Sustainability Management
Environmental Management of International Tourism Development
Corporate Sustainability Strategy
Sustainable Business and Technology
- ENVR S-105 Strategies for Sustainability Management
- ENVR S-117 Catalyzing Change: Sustainability Leadership for the Twenty-First Century
- ENVR S-138 Sustainable Finance and Investments
- ENVR S-154 The Innovation Ecosystem and Sustainable Product Design
- ENVR S-161 Environmental Economics
- ENVR S-170 Environmental Impact Assessment for Sustainable Programs
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.
- 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.
We are happy to answer general questions about the certificate.