Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership
Be a Leader in Preserving Our Planet
The graduate certificate in Sustainability Leadership was created in response to the colossal effects of climate change and growth in social inequality. The cross-disciplinary program engages students in master's level coursework and theories surrounding contemporary leadership and change interventions and explores the policies, technologies, and models that support sustainable development. Program participants conduct collaborative research on practices to achieve GW's commitment to carbon neutrality, historic carbon emissions, clean water, energy efficiency, and eliminating single use plastics.
Pursue Your Passion
Designed to prepare leaders who are dedicated to addressing climate change.
Enhance Your Resumé
For those wishing to continue their studies, 2 courses completed in the certificate program may be applied toward a Master’s in Organizational Leadership and Learning.
Don't Let Life Get in the Way
Courses are scheduled once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences.
The GW Advantage
Take advantage of our unique location in the heart of our nation’s capital. GW is one of a handful of organizations exploring how an institution can enhance ecosystem services. This is a rich opportunity to bring together the resources on campus, the energy and dedication of our students, the ingenuity of faculty researchers and the expertise of staff to use the platform a university provides for sharing insights and increasing the impact on and off campus.
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership
Human and Organizational Learning
- Our Mission
We aim to develop the next generation of leaders with the skills, competencies, and habits of mind to be able to catalyze transformative shifts in organizations and systems.
- Program Outcomes
The certificate challenges students to examine their own personal involvement and appreciate that change must be a global concern. Specifically, students will:
- Build competency in global sustainability initiatives
- Discover the mindset and behaviors of sustainability decision making
- Take personal ownership of sustainability
- Amplify inner leader development
- Support the transformation of our campus and community
- Commit to being a change agent and catalyze change
GSEHD’s Office of Admissions invites you to apply for a spot in our program. Please review the following admission and financial information.
Ready to take the next step in your career? Review our step-by-step guide to applying to GSEHD >
To learn more about the program, admission process, and upcoming events, please connect with the GSEHD Admissions Team at email@example.com or 202-994-9283.
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To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application form as well as the following required supporting documents. There is no application fee.
Prerequisite: Master's Degree
Statement of Purpose
Two Letters of Recommendation
Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities
*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants.
For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions FAQs page.
Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2023. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.
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|Round 1 Deadline||Dec 15|
|Round 2 Deadline||Jan 16|
|Round 3 Deadline||March 1|
|Round 4 Deadline||May 1|
Tuition & Financial Aid
We know embarking upon graduate school is a big decision - due in part to the costs of attending. At GW, we understand the time and thought behind making graduate school work for you. Please take a moment to learn more about the options and opportunities available to help fund your graduate education.
Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted. Rates vary by program and location.
The tuition rate* for the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership program is $1,205 per credit hour.
This program requires 12 credits.
Please note: Additional fees may apply for international students, late fees, etc. Current tuition rates may be updated during the year.
*Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024
Scholarships are available to eligible admitted students. Review eligibility requirements and learn more about funding your education >
Fighting climate change is a human capital challenge. Per the GreenBiz Group's annual report, current demand for sustainability professionals continues to outpace the supply of skilled workers in the field. As governments adopt new environmental regulations, employers need staff to ensure compliance with those regulations. They also need to have policy- and advocacy-skilled employees representing their interests as regulatory bodies determine the rules.
Environmental health and safety job titles are experiencing high growth across all career levels. Other new and existing job titles may not be sustainability oriented, but green skills are increasingly required to succeed in these roles, or job functions need to be performed in a more environmentally friendly way, particularly in areas such as infrastructure, construction, transportation, and energy.1
1GreenBiz Group, Brannigan, P., & Bycer, E. (2023). “The State of Green Jobs and Careers.” State of Green Business 2023. Retrieved February 14, 2023, from https://info.greenbiz.com
- Sustainability Leadership Career Opportunities
Possible positions within the area of sustainability leadership include:
- Sustainability Organization Development Consultant
- Human Resource Sustainability Leader
- Sustainability Project Manager
- Community Sustainability Director
- Environmental Health and Safety Leader
- Potential Employment Settings
- Utility Companies
- Large Corporations
Associate Professor of Biology & Director Sustainability Minor Cellular & Molecular Biology
Associate Professor, Human and Organizational Learning