Sustainability

Build your credentials as a visionary and innovative leader in sustainability efforts. Whether you're advancing your current career or starting a new one, the graduate certificate in sustainability is designed to prepare you to guide businesses, organizations, and communities in anticipating, implementing, and celebrating the achievement of social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Using knowledge and skills gained in critical thinking, ethics, data analysis, modeling practices, and more, graduates completing the certificate will be able to confidently develop, implement, and evaluate sustainability initiatives.

ISSP Education Partner

ISSP Education Partnership

As an International Society of Sustainability (ISSP) Education Partner, Ball State students earning their sustainability graduate certificate will automatically become an ISSP member for the duration of their enrollment in Ball State’s sustainability certificate program.

Student ISSP members will have access to an exclusive social network of sustainability professionals, invitations to local events and webinars, and a connection to various professional resources, including job postings. You’ll also be able to register for the Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA) credentialing exam at a discounted price.

Competitively Priced

Check with your employer. Workplace tuition assistance is a common benefit.

Fall 2020 Through Summer 2021

Indiana Residents

  • $559 for one course
  • $1,008 for two courses taken in the same academic semester
  • $1,457 for three courses taken in the same academic semester

Out-of-State Residents

  • $771 for one course
  • $1,432 for two courses taken in the same academic semester
  • $2,093 for three courses taken in the same academic semester

Sample our 5-Week Courses

Each course is 1 credit, taught over a 5-week period. Even if the timing for pursuit of a full graduate certificate may not be right just yet, you can sample courses of interest to help you build skills in specific areas for your professional development goals.

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Sustainability Focus Areas

Environmental Focus

You’ll choose two or more courses with an environmental sustainability focus like, Ecological Systems, Energy Resources, and Soil Resources. Visit the full list of environmental sustainability courses for more information.

Social Focus

You’ll choose two or more courses with a social sustainability focus like, Business Ethics/Environment, Human Health and Well Being, and Social/Environmental Justice. Visit the full list of social sustainability courses for more information.

Economic Focus

You’ll choose two or more courses with an economic sustainability focus like, Ecological Economics, Media Relations, and Reporting for Business. Visit the full list of environmental sustainability courses for more information.

Course Requirements

The 12-credit graduate certificate in sustainability program provides specialized training in the areas of environmental, social, and economic sustainability. You will choose a minimum of two courses from each focus area.

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Program Faculty

Program Advisors

Alicia Ganion, Advisor

Robert Koester, Director
Academy for Sustainability and Center for Energy Research/Education/Service
Professor of Architecture

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

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