This microcertificate is a first step toward a broad foundation in sustainability. The foundation will help students understand the broad body of knowledge sustainability professionals use. Students will use this body of knowledge to apply sustainability in real-life case studies from global to local scale.

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.



  • SUST 5103 - Foundations of Sustainable and Resilient Systems
  • SUST 5203 - Decision Making, Analysis and Synthesis in Sustainability
  • SUST 5303 - Sustainable Global Food, Energy and Water Systems


Educational Pathways

The microcertificate can be combined with others for a graduate certificate or a master’s degree in environmental resiliency.

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Online Students
Pay In-State Tuition


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. If an online student takes a course on campus, tuition and fees will differ.

Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid.


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