The Sustainability Opportunity: Frequently asked questions

  1. When will the next Sustainability Opportunity program begin?
    We are currently in the midst of our fall 2023 program; we do not yet have a date for a future cohort. If you have additional questions that are not answered on this website, please send an email to [email protected].
  2. Will I be interacting with ASU faculty?
    Yes, you will be interacting with some of the leading faculty experts from both the College of Global Futures, School of Sustainability, W. P. Carey School of Business, Thunderbird School of Global Management as well as industry leaders and practitioners.
  3. Who will be attending?
    Mid-career sustainability or corporate social responsibility professionals including managers, directors and vice presidents as well as people who aspire to such a role. After completing this course, you will have built a professional cohort of peers that will form the core of your new sustainability network.
  4. What is the curriculum for this program?
    The curriculum was adapted based on input from sustainability industry leaders on the areas of sustainability education most valuable to mid-career professionals. It will cover the global context of sustainability, teach you how to make the business case, and will introduce sustainability leadership, strategy and storytelling. It will focus on opportunities created by global challenges and applied tools for implementing sustainability in organizations.
  5. How will this online certificate program be delivered?
    This professional program will leverage ASU’s expertise in online learning through a portal that combines synchronous and asynchronous learning. You will be able to connect and engage with faculty and your fellow participants through the online learning portal.
  6. Do I need to pay ASU tuition to take this course?
    No, enrollment in this course does not require that you pay ASU tuition. There are no additional fees above the prices listed on the registration page.
  7. Do you offer a scholarship to cover the cost of this course?
    No, scholarship funds are not available for this accelerated certificate program. To make enrollment accessible to the highest number of people, this program has been designed to minimize the cost to all participants. All reading materials and meals are included in the cost of the program. We are happy to work with employers to provide any documentation necessary should this be covered as part of your professional development.
  8. Do I need to enroll as an ASU student to take this course?
    No, you do not need to enroll as an ASU student to enroll in this course. There are no prerequisite courses and no GRE exam is required.
  9. Can the professional certificate be applied toward an ASU degree?
    Participants who complete this program will be awarded a professional certificate through Arizona State University’s College of Global Futures and School of Sustainability. As this is not a for-credit program, it cannot be applied toward a degree. It does, however, give you a sampling of the content you would encounter in ASU’s Master of Sustainability Leadership or Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership.
  10. Do I need to pass an exam to get the certificate?
    No, you do not need to take an exam. You will earn the professional certificate through your participation and engagement with preeminent sustainability practitioners and scholars who will share real-world case studies and teach you a number of important tools you can immediately use in your workplace.
  11. Am I required to purchase textbooks?
    In an effort to make this course accessible to a range of working professionals, there will be no textbooks required. All supplemental materials will be provided virtually and are included in the course registration fees.
  12. What is the refund policy for this program?
    If your plans to join this program happen to change, we will honor a100% refund if the cancellation request is received with more than 30 days until program start date, and we will honor a 50% refund if cancellation is received with less than 30 days until program start date.

If you have additional questions, contact [email protected] or call 480-965-2976.