Graduate Certificate in Sustainability

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is a 15-credit, interdisciplinary program, drawing from faculty and course work across all colleges of the University of Arkansas.  The graduate certificate is accessible to all students admitted to the Graduate School, both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, to participate in an advanced study in sustainability. The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability is to provide functional graduate-level knowledge and skills related to the emerging discipline of sustainability organized around the four interdisciplinary systems areas.


The course requirements for the graduate certificate are listed in the table below. All courses must be passed with a grade of 'B' or better in order to fulfill these requirements. Electives must be taken from at least two systems areas, and no more than 3 credit hours from courses numbered below 5000 may be used. View the full list of courses with their descriptions online, or download the checksheet (PDF).


WCOB 5023 Sustainability in Business 3
Elective 1 3
Elective 2 3
Elective 3 3
Elective 4 3
 Total Credit Hours:

Emphasis in Electric Energy Systems

This program provides for students to gain expertise in sustainability planning and design of electrical systems. This is achieved through courses that emphasize design projects in three central aspects to sustainability engineering:

  • Business processes and methods
  • Analysis and planning of engineering projects with sustainability practices
  • Design and operation of renewable electrical energy circuits and systems

Students who complete the certificate will have a broad set of skills and knowledge for planning and implementation of engineering projects for meeting sustainability objectives. In addition, students will acquire advanced skills in designing electrical circuits and systems that can be applied to a variety of sustainability projects.

Emphasis in Electric Energy Systems Requirements

Applying for the Graduate Certificate

If you wish to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability program, please submit an application to the Graduate School. You are encouraged to meet with Dr. David Hyatt (general certificate) or Dr. Juan Balda (electric systems emphasis) to discuss your interest in the program and plan your electives.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability are the same as the admission eligibility requirements set by the Graduate School.

Admission requirements for the emphasis in electric energy systems are as follows:

  • 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA, or 3.0 minimum GPA on last 60 hours of B.S. in engineering degree program.
  • B.S.E.E. recommended; deficiency courses (such as ELEG 3903) may be required for non-B.S.E.E. students.
  • GRE verbal and quantitative combined minimum score of 302 (1100 prior to 11/2012); Graduates of a U.S.-based ABET accredited B.S.E.E. degree program are exempt from GRE.