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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability


The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to lead and manage sustainability initiatives and foster transformational change within organizations. Students of this certificate program will gain a deep understanding of sustainability principles and their practical applications, including the challenges and opportunities of transitioning to sustainable practices.  Students will learn how to use sustainability assessment tools to measure, manage, verify, and report on their organization's sustainability efforts. 

This interdisciplinary graduate certificate program is designed to be accessible to students from a variety of fields and backgrounds, including engineering, law, business, policy and more.

Students have the option to count coursework from their graduate certificate if they continue in a master's degree offered through the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas.

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Kundan Nepal

Professor and Program Director, Electrical & Computer Engineering
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Graduate Certificate Requirements

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, students must successfully complete four courses (12 credits) and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7.

Complete these three courses (9 credits):

  • ETLS 611 Foundations of Sustainability
  • ETLS 612 Sustainability Assessment, Verification, and Reporting
  • MGMT 702 Leading Organizational Change

Choose an elective from the list below, or discuss alternatives approved by the Program Director (3 credits):

  • ETLS 739 EV Market and Technologies
  • ETLS 744 Power Systems and Smart Grids
  • ETLS 747 Electrical Machines & Vehicle
  • ETLS 748 Renewable Energy Generation
  • ETLS 502 Manufacturing Processes
  • ENTR 625 Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • ENTR 708 Social Entrepreneurship
  • SEIS 662 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Analytics
  • BETH 601 Business Ethics
  • BCOM 637 Strategic Writing
  • MGMT 623 Project Management
  • MGMT 755 Strategic Sustainability

View the Graduate Programs in Engineering (ETLS) course catalog.

Graduate Certificates That Work for You

Our evening class schedules allow both industry professionals and career changers to achieve their educational goals. And each class meets just once per week.

Convenient Schedule

Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. You choose how quickly you move through the curriculum. And you may start in any of our three starts: fall, spring or summer.
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Attend an online information session to learn program details. Our programs serve working professionals with busy lives. Set your own pace and start fall, spring or summer. Classes are offered in the evenings. We look forward to meeting you.

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Dr. Elise Amel

Dr. Elise Amel

Dr. Elise Amel has taught at the University of St. Thomas for over two decades. Amil is an award-winning Professor of Psychology. She has created a culture of sustainability leadership through systems-level changes including committing to carbon neutrality, embracing sustainability as a strategic priority, developing a strategic sustainability action plan for the University, and creating a system for integrating sustainability across the curriculum. She is a co-author of the book : Psychology for Sustainability.
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Matt Metzger

Matt Metzger is a licensed Professional Engineer (MN, ND) and a Senior Civil Engineer at BARR. Matt has over 15 years of experience in community- and green-infrastructure design, sustainability engineering, site planning, value engineering, flood-risk reduction, and creative stormwater management. An Envision™ Sustainability Professional, he specializes in developing client decision-support tools that incorporate life-cycle cost estimates, cost/benefit value assessments, and sustainability profiles.