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Sustainability

Do you want a career with a greater purpose? Rise to the challenge and establish yourself as a leader in the important sustainability movement. Sustainable initiatives have become a driving force in the economy, and demand is growing for knowledgeable professionals in renewable energies and sustainable practices.

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals interested in exploring the dynamic field of sustainability
  • Those who want knowledge and skills to be better global citizens
  • Purpose-driven professionals seeking to stay up to date in their current position
  • Professionals in a wide range of disciplines, such as Environmental Affairs Officers, Business Development Managers, City Planners, Waste and Facility Management Professionals, Political Strategists, Corporate and Product Sustainability Managers, Renewable Energy Sales Associates

What you can learn.

  • Environmental systems and the interrelationship and effect of humans upon the environment
  • Explore individual and group roles in sustainability, and the interconnectedness and necessity of collaboration between social, economic, and ecological responsibilities
  • Learn business aspects of sustainability by identifying practical tools, measuring performance, and reviewing best practices
  • Acquire skills in environmental and energy consulting, green investments and marketing, green building project design, renewable energy, climate change, public policy, and more

Invest your energy into a sustainable future.

sustainability career woman

The field of sustainability is complex, interdisciplinary, and full of promise for the future. As environmental considerations become top of mind for individuals and businesses, sustainability is a field that has important local and far-reaching significance.

UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate prepares individuals to make a big impact in the world around them through a course of study that provides a practical, comprehensive, multidisciplinary foundation for new to mid-level career professionals.

Academic excellence & real-world experience

Through this 20-unit program, you will enhance your skill set in areas including environmental and energy consultancy, green investment and marketing, green building project design, service learning, renewable energy, environmental compliance, climate change, and water resource policy. The program is taught by instructors who are experts in their respective fields, and courses are designed for practical real-world application.

Career paths

The program offers a balanced and comprehensive curriculum, making the certificate transferable across industries. Previous graduates have moved on to careers in the following areas:

  • Deputy of Environmental Affairs & Sustainability for Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Electrical Engineer at Burbank Water & Power
  • Marketing Manager at Solar World
  • Office of Environmental Planning and Compliance, Grand Canyon National Park
  • Senior Education Solutions Representative at Waste Management
  • Sustainability Analyst, greeNG, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Study on your schedule

UCLA Extension’s program was created to accommodate working professionals. Courses are offered conveniently during nights and weekends. The sustainability certificate can be completed either entirely online or in an online/classroom hybrid program. Best of all, the certificate can be completed in six months!

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What our certificates have done for our students.

85%

feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program

50%

switched careers after completing a certificate program

85%

recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Study

Expect more from your education.

Learn from Industry Leaders

Study under UCLA's first Chief Sustainability Officer.

Nurit Katz
Celebrate with us

Sustainability Certificate's 10-year Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, November 16, 6–9 p.m.
UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden

All are welcome! Join us for fun, food, networking & raffles.

Register to attend

Sustainability is all about connections – connecting systems, resources and people. UCLA Extension’s Sustainability Certificate opened my eyes to sustainability issues that I had never thought of, inspiring me to rethink current processes in my own community and work places. I found the classroom discussions were engaging and enlightening. If you are interested in learning about sustainability, look no further. 

Misha Kouzeh
Sustainability Certificate Graduate

Courses

Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
MGMT X 401
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ENVIRON X 400
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ENVIRON X 402
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Electives
Students must complete two elective courses.
ENVIRON X 405
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
URBN PL XLC 216
Typically Offered: Fall
MGMT X 403
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
PUB PLC X 460.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
PUB PLC X 461
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
PUB PLC X 477
Typically Offered: Winter
PUB PLC X 478
Typically Offered: Summer
PUB PLC X 495
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 481.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 423.423
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
GEOG XL 1
Typically Offered: Spring
GEOG XL 5
Typically Offered: Fall
ENVIRON X 14
Typically Offered: Spring
ENVIRON X 403
Typically Offered: Winter
C&EE X 438.8
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
C&EE X 438.9
Typically Offered: Fall
BIOLGY X 489.6
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
BIOLGY X 498.10
Typically Offered: Summer
BIOLGY X 499.3A
Typically Offered: Fall
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Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee

250.00

Estimated Program Tuition

3480.00

Estimated program textbook/materials

320.00

*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

The Sustainability certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.
 

Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

James Bassett, Professor, Cal Poly Pomona

Nurit Katz, Chief Sustainability Officer UCLA, Facilities Management, Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor

Cully Nordby, Academic Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment

Leo Costantino, Continuing Educator, Business Management and Legal Programs, UCLA Extension

Scott Hutchinson, Continuing Educator, Arts, UCLA Extension

Varaz Shahmirian, Department Director, Engineering and Technology, UCLA Extension

Stephanie Landregan, Continuing Educator, Arts, UCLA Extension

Sarah Abramson Sikich, Coastal Resources Director, Heal the Bay

Sepand Samzadeh, BASC, MBA, CEO, Valley Recycling

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