Certificate in Sustainable Management & Organizations


The Certificate in Sustainable Management and Organizations provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and resolving today’s most pressing and complex business and organizational challenges. The program includes foundation courses that examine sustainable living from multiple perspectives, as well as more targeted courses that focus on sustainable business, management, and leadership strategies, including the triple bottom line—economic, social, and environmental.

Undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs offered by University College are offered through Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. Business-related programs in University College are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

required course work

Required Courses: 9 units

  • Global Sustainability (U29 364) or Environmental Science: Regional and Global Perspectives (U29 413) or International Development and Sustainability (U19 344)
  • Systems Thinking and Decision Analysis (U44 358)
  • Practicum/Capstone
Elective Courses: 12 units

  • Contemporary Organization Development, Innovations, Sustainability (U44 375)
  • Leadership for Organizational Success (U44 305)
  • Public Relations (U44 350)
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management (U44 356)
  • Environmental Law (U19 328)
  • The Metropolis (U19 329)
  • Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations (U76 525)
  • Strategy Formation and Organizational Effectiveness (U87 559)
  • Principles of Finance (U87 582)
  • Accounting & Finance for Sustainable Organizations (U19 3777)

admissions requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Sustainability in University College may not simultaneously pursue a Certificate in Sustainability (Communities and Development, Environment and Science, Management and Organizations) offered by University College. Bachelor of Science in Sustainability students should pursue this category of courses as a concentration within the Bachelor of Science.

Transferring Credit

A maximum of six units of transfer credit for required courses may be applied to certificate programs that include nineteen units of credit or more. All other required courses must be taken at Washington University.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

In order to be considered for admission to this certificate program, students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in at least six units of previous college course work, including at least one college-level English composition course with a grade of B or better.

Policies & Procedures
  • Courses may be taken on a stand-alone basis.
  • Courses taken in the certificate program at Washington University must be completed with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Courses taken toward a University College undergraduate certificate program may be applied to a University College bachelor of science degree as distribution or general elective courses.

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Official transcripts from all previous college work

Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College.

Personal statement

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? What do we need to know when considering your application?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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Still have questions?

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu