From climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, global species loss, and the challenges of industrial agriculture and environmental injustice, a host of critical ecological, economic, and social challenges now demand the urgent attention of professionals with integrated, practical, and ethically-informed training in fields as diverse as the sciences, public policy, the humanities, and business administration.

In 2022, Microsoft published the critical document “Closing the Sustainability Skills Gap: Helping businesses move from pledges to progress” which emphasized that 1) employers must move quickly to upskill their workforce through learning initiatives focused on sustainability knowledge and skills, and 2) the world must prepare the next generation of workers for the sustainability jobs of the future!

The University of Delaware’s Graduate Certificate in Sustainability rises to this call to provide traditional students and mid-career professionals with the chance to advance their education to successfully understand complex real-world problems and explore cutting-edge solutions which they can apply to their careers in research, government, or the private sector.

Our certificate program has four components including 1) an interdisciplinary introductory sustainability course to understand the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (, 2) a course in ecology and the environment, 3) a course in humanities and ethics, and 4) a course in government, policy, and economics.  We have purposefully provided many courses to choose from to allow the students to tailor their experience to their career pathway.

Program Requirements:

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability requires satisfactory completion of four (4) graduate level courses (12 credits). *some courses are less than 3 credits and thus students will be required to take more than 4 courses to reach 12 credits.

Sustainability Foundation:

Credits to Total a Minimum of 12

Green Economy

Between 2018-2022, jobs in sustainability and the environment in the United States have grown by over 237%, per a World Economic Report.

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