University Catalog 2024-2025

Business Sustainability (Certificate)

The graduate Business Sustainability Certificate is a twelve credit hour program that is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and tools to become purpose-driven business leaders. The certificate explores different business models and strategies that companies can use to drive social and environmental change, and explains why purpose-driven businesses are particularly well positioned to tackle the world’s biggest challenges from climate change to DEI. Participants will analyze how sustainable business strategies are used as drivers for innovation, collaboration, and transformation including leading edge business topics from Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, from a global perspective. They will also have the ability to apply those skills to decision making for business.

More Information

Business Sustainability Certificate Website

Applicant Requirements

  • Four-year bachelor’s degree (or US degree equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Two years of full-time, post-baccalaureate professional employment is required for applicants to certificate programs.
  • Standardized test scores (GMAT, GRE) are not required to apply to a graduate management certificate program.
  • Maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0 across all certificate-counting classes in undergraduate and graduate work (some exceptions are available for those with graduate studies).
  • International applicants who are not in a graduate program at NC State must take the TOEFL or IELTS unless they qualify for a waiver. Email for details.

Applicant Information

  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Entrance Exam: None
  • Interview Required: None

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May 15

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses5
Critical Thinking for Managers
Ethical Thinking for Managers
B Corp Clinic Sustainability Practicum
Poole College Elective Courses 14
Sustainable Operations Management
Sustainability in Business
Special Topics In Business Management (Sustainable Business in Emerging Markets Study Abroad to Brazil) 1
Special Topics In Business Management (Business Sustainability in Emerging Markets) 1
Special Topics In Business Management (Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility)
Special Topics In Business Management (Accounting for ESG)
College of Natural Resources Elective Courses3
Environmental Assessment Law & Policy
Renewable Energy Policy and Economics
Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Site Assessment
Photovoltaic Design and Assessment
Assessment of Renewable Energy Storage Systems
Forest Economics
Natural Resource Management
Renewable Natural Resource Management and Policy
Special Topics in Natural Resources
Human Behavior and the Environment
Environmental Life Cycle Analysis
Total Hours 212

Students may take either the Business Sustainability in Emerging Markets Study Abroad or the Business Sustainability in Emerging Markets online, but not both to count towards the certificate.


A minimum of 9 credit hours within Poole College of Management are required.