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Postgraduate Certificate Sustainability

Our Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from Portland State University will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the connections between social, environmental, and economic systems, and arms them with the knowledge to apply sustainable, integrated problem solving approaches in their lives and careers.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration 1 year
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $15,092 per full
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

This Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from Portland State University, offered in collaboration with 14 participating departments and schools on campus, is open to students from all areas of study and professional backgrounds. It is available as an add-on to a master’s or doctoral degree program at PSU or as a stand-alone program for professionals and college graduates who want to better understand sustainability issues. Our graduates go on to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including engineering, urban planning, communications, and business.

Our current students join the program from academia, from midway in their career, or from careers that they are looking to switch out of for a field they are more passionate about.

What can you do

We invite students and professionals from all disciplines and careers who are interested in embarking, or furthering, a career in sustainability to apply.

The certificate can be used by mid-career professionals who want to move inside their organizations or who want to explore jobs in various fields of sustainability (whether in the nonprofit, governmental, or private sector); by those seeking a path to a regular, related master’s degree at PSU; by college graduate and mid-career professionals who want to learn new tools and applications to complement their existing education and experience by taking classes and working on targeted projects to help reach that goal; by PSU students who enroll in this graduate certificate to add it to their current degree to supplement their degree and widen their job possibilities; and by other PSU students to learn more about sustainability and go onto a Ph.D.


Courses Included

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • Economics of Sustainability
  • Environmental Sociology