Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership

About the Program

The Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate is specifically designed to assist Soldiers and civilians in furthering their education while moving the United States Army and Army National Guard closer to their goal to be a sustainable organization. This program is offered exclusively for eligible Soldiers and civilians in the United States Army and Army National Guard.

Please note the Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate program is in further development. The School of Sustainability is not accepting enrollment at this time.

Enrollment Requirements

ASU Graduate School and School of Sustainability enrollment requirements include:

  • Bachelors degree or equivalent from accredited U.S. institution
  • 3.0 GPA or equivalent in the last 60 semester hours or last 90 quarter hours completed
  • Statement of intent
  • Resume or CV (optional)

Required Courses

The Sustainability Leadership certificate is a for-credit graduate level program that consists of five courses, or 15 total credit hours. Each course is three credit hours. Courses will be offered in 7.5-week and 6-week terms. There will be a total of six terms per academic year, allowing students to complete the program in approximately one year.

Delivered entirely online, students will take courses SOS-501 and SOS-502 consecutively or sequentially. Both courses are prerequisites to the final three courses. The remaining three courses may be taken in any order.

  • SOS 501 Foundations of Sustainability
  • SOS 502 Tools and Techniques for Sustainability
  • SOS 503 Operationalizing Sustainability
  • SOS 504 Energy and the Built Environment
  • SOS 505 Sustainable Acquisition and Logistics

Working Toward a Graduate Degree

Students can elect to apply course credits from the Sustainability Leadership program toward a graduate degree in Sustainability under the following conditions:

  • If certificate program students are admitted to ASU’s Master’s in Sustainability program prior to or at completion of three courses, or 9 credit hours
  • Upon completion of the certificate program, students can choose to apply all 15 credit hours toward an ASU graduate degree in a sustainability program of study
  • If a student simultaneously enrolls in the certificate and Master’s degree in Sustainability, all 15 credit hours completed in pursuit of the certificate program may be applied toward a Master’s degree in Sustainability


Established in 2006, the School of Sustainability’s mission is to educate a new generation of scholars and practitioners and create innovative modes of scholarship by bringing together leaders, stakeholders, and people from multiple disciplines to develop practical solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges.


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