Discover new ways to center people, planet and profit in your organization
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Welcome to a new era of business: Sustainability has gone mainstream, and as the market pushes companies to adopt more ethical and conscious business practices, there’s an urgent demand for professionals who want to help their organizations thrive while making the world a better place. 

With the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, you can meet that need and build a career that centers people, planet and profit. This 10-credit certificate will prepare you to drive social and sustainable business transformation in your workplace. 

Firms of all sizes are recognizing their role in shaping a more just society and sustainable environment, and large organizations now produce sustainability reports and measure, manage and report on environmental, social and governance goals. 

The worldwide shift toward net-zero emissions could create more than 300 million new “green collar” jobs by 2050, Deloitte predicts, but knowledge of sustainable business management approaches and strategies isn’t just essential for professionals in sustainability-focused roles. Whatever your role or industry, social and sustainable business expertise can help you succeed in today’s rapidly changing workforce. 

Enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business to learn about emerging trends in green business, develop an understanding of the role of business in addressing sustainability and social issues, and discover ways to integrate economic, social and environmental goals into your work and business strategies. 

Interested in earning your Master of Business Administration degree? At CSU’s College of Business, you can start with a certificate and finish with an MBA. The credits earned in this certificate can be applied toward the College’s Online MBA or Evening MBA programs, but please note that completion of this certificate does not guarantee admission into the MBA program. 

What You'll Learn

After completing the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business, you will be able to:

  • Identify the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss on business and society

  • Explain the role of business in addressing sustainability issues

  • Analyze ethical, legal and regulatory implications inherent in business situations and apply that knowledge to make responsible decisions

  • Explain how to integrate economic, social and environmental goals into your work and business goals

  • List emerging trends in green business for strategic positioning and social/environmental good 

Certificate at a Glance

Delivery: Online
Length: Courses are offered such that the certificate may be completed in 2 semesters
Tuition: $998 per credit for 2024-2025
Credits: 10
Certificate awarded:

Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business


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‡Additional prerequisite coursework may be required.


Admissions, Deadlines and Financial Aid

Learn more about admissions requirements to enroll in our spring or fall sessions. Visit tuition and aid for information on the latest tuition benefits available to you.

  • Fall
    AdmissionApply by July 31
  • Spring
    AdmissionApply by Jan 1