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Advanced Certificate in Sustainability

Why Sustainability?
One of the fundamental societal issues of the 21st century is understanding the environment, how human interactions affect it, and how those interactions can be modulated to generate sustainable outcomes. Fundamental environmental and sustainability issues, include the ecological and evolutionary processes that control populations, species and communities; anthropogenic effects on the physical, chemical and biotic environments; and the cultural values and societal actions necessary to foster sustainable interactions with the natural world. Addressing these issues requires a transdisciplinary approach that spans the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Program Overview
This advanced certificate consisting of 15 graduate credit hours will serve as a locus for interactions among a diverse array of students and faculty throughout the university and initiate transdisciplinary scholarly activities. The curriculum consists of three courses: one environmental, one social, and one economic as well as two core courses in fundamentals of sustainability. Completion of this certificate will apply directly to the MS in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary. See course offerings for more details.

Admissions Requirements
Any student already enrolled in a graduate program at the University at Buffalo may be granted admission to the Advanced Certificate upon completing the online application and have the option of submitting a resume/CV. Students must retain a 3.0 GPA overall to confer the certificate.

Domestic applicants not currently enrolled in a UB graduate program:

  1. Complete online application.
  2. Submit transcripts from all previous institutions.
  3. Statement of educational goals and how AGC complements the applicants plans.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation.
  5. Resume/CV (optional).
  6. $75 application fee.
  7. Students must retain a 3.0 GPA overall to confer the certificate.

Students not enrolled at the University at Buffalo will be able to pursue the Advanced Certificate on a standalone basis. International students not currently enrolled in a UB graduate program are not eligible to pursue advanced certificates given the full time status requirements for Visa eligibility.


Craig Thomas
Clinical Assistant Professor
603 Clemens Hall
(716) 645-3169