Graduate Certificate, Business Sustainability

Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability

Companies are becoming increasingly aware that consumers and producers alike must take into consideration the ethical and practical impact their actions have on society, the planet and profits. The Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability allows students to integrate and align the most recent developments of the green movement into business strategy.

Students will explore concepts such as green accounting, financial sustainability, business process, innovation, corporate responsibility and leadership principles. It enables students to analyze, evaluate and create a fiscally viable Sustainability Business Plan to help move their organization forward.

Students seeking a certificate program only are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid.

All graduate admissions options listed below require an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of all coursework with a minimum grade of “C” and an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above.  No transfer credits may be used.

Option One
A 3.0 grade point average (GPA) calculated over the most recent 30 graded semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Two
A GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 calculated over the most recent graded 30 semester (45 quarter) credits completed in either a baccalaureate or post baccalaureate program, including credits earned toward a credential. All credits used for GPA calculation must be from a regionally accredited institution. A satisfactory score on an accepted graduate admissions exam is required.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): achieve the required minimum scores on two out of three of the subsections of the GRE. (Minimum score for Quantitative: 141, minimum score for Verbal: 150, minimum score for Analytic Writing: 4.5)
  • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): achieve a minimum scaled score of 400.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT): fulfill the formula GMAT + (GPA X 200) > 1000.

Option Three
An earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

Option Four
Submission of a portfolio of evidence that shows adequate preparation for graduate studies. The portfolio will contain: writing samples that show graduate level communications and analytical skills; a detailed resume showing professional development and achievements; awards; professional recognition; letters of reference from persons who can attest to the applicant’s ability to do graduate level work; and a letter of explanation detailing the reasons the student believes he or she is a good candidate for graduate study in the field of Business Administration.

Specific Requirements

ACCU 630 Green Accounting and Financial Sustainability 3
BUSU 630 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 3
BUSU 650 Corporate Responsibility: Ethics and Sustainability 3
BUSU 660 Sustainability Business Plan Development 3
OLCU 602 Self, Systems and Leadership 3

 

Total Credits 15