This graduate certificate is one of many credentials that you can earn while building your skills about and understanding of sustainability and how it can be a foundation for environmental resiliency. Industry and organizational professionals can use knowledge and tools from this program to help mitigate negative impacts on the environment. It provides students with knowledge in the foundation commonly used in sustainability: the five pillars - people, profit, planet, peace, and partnerships.


Students Will Learn:

  • To demonstrate an understanding of the five pillars of sustainability for the purposes of having a broad and integrated view from a systems-thinking and ecological justice framework.
  • To demonstrate the application of the principles, theories and methods contained in the five pillars of sustainability for the purposes of understanding tradeoffs.
  • To demonstrate the use of sustainability theories, principles and method within the five pillars of sustainability in case studies for the purposes of understanding the implications of sustainability-based projects on existing contexts.

Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and at least a 3.0 GPA to enroll. Non-native English speakers must have language scores acceptable for admission by the University of Arkansas graduate school standards.


Required Courses



Tuition / credit hour $437.54
Fee / credit hour
Library $4.41
Network & Data Systems $12.10
Off-campus $30
Online Facilities $2

Tuition and fees per credit hour reflect fall 2023 rates for students studying completely online. Students in online programs who take an on-campus course will pay on-campus fees, mandatory and college fees, for only the on-campus course.

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.