Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Business

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Business requires successful completion of 15-units with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0 for all units applied to the certificate. (Conferral of the certificate and documentation on the transcript requires that the individual formally apply to the program and be admitted. See the Admissions and FAQ pages for more information about this process.)

Required Courses

Complete at least 6 units from the following:

BAEP 564: Investing in Impact Ventures (3)
BAEP 589: Social Entrepreneurship (2)
BAEP 591: Social Entrepreneurship (3)
DSO 505: Sustainable Supply Chains (1.5)
DSO 506: Sourcing and Supplier Management (1.5)
DSO 554: Digital Strategies for Sustainability in Global Markets (3)
FBE 557: Business Law and Ethics (3)
MOR 566: Environmental Sustainability and Competitive Advantage (3)


Complete up to 9 units from the following:
ARCH 519: Sustainability in the Environment: Infrastructures, Urban Landscapes, & Buildings (3)
ARCH 576: Sustainable Design for Healthy Indoor Environments (3)
ARCH 579: Sustainable Building and Environment using LEED metrics (3) 
CE 515: Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (3)
CHEM 581: Current Topics in Sustainable Energy Generation and Storage (2)
CMGT 577: Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
DSO 586: Global Healthcare Operations Management (3) 
ENE 502: Environmental and Regulatory Compliance (4)
ENE 505: Energy and the Environment (4)
ENST 520: Environmental Law and Policy (4) or LAW 655: Environmental Law (2, 3, or 4)
ENST 530: Environmental Risk Analysis (4) or PPD 587: Risk Analysis (4)
ISE 576: Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction (3)
LAW 655: Environmental Law (2, 3, or 4) or ENST 520: Environmental Law and Policy (4)
PM 555: Environmental Health, Policy and Practice (4)
PM 557: Global Environmental Health (4)
POSC 546: Seminar in Environmental Policy (4)
PPD 568: Environmental Governance and Sustainability (2)
PPD 587: Risk Analysis (4) or ENST 530: Environmental Risk Analysis (4)
PPD 621: Environmental Impacts (3) 
PPD 644: Shaping the Built Environment (4)
PPD 688: Business and Public Policy (4)
PPD 689: The Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy (4)
PPD 692: Transportation and the Environment (4)
PPDE 632: Sustainable Cities (4)
PPDE 634: Methodology, Methods and Tools for Urban Sustainability (2, 3, or 4)
PPDE 660: Environmental Policy Design and Analysis (4)
PPDE 662: China from a US Policy Perspective (4)
PSYC 456: Conservation Psychology (4)
SAE 515 (formerly CE-515): Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (3)
SOWK 684: Community Practice for Social Innovation (3)

Given the growing number of courses relevant to this certificate at USC, students may petition the Academic Director to include courses not listed here. Petitions must be received and approved prior to registration for the course to be applied to the certificate.

Students may also earn credit toward the Certificate electives with up to 4 units of Independent Study (e.g., Marshall 592 or 593) or Directed Research (590 in non-Marshall departments) subject to approval by the faculty Directors prior to registration for the course.For information about Marshall independent study options and registration instructions visit

Coursework completed in conjunction with an individual's prior degree may not be credited toward the certificate. Current USC students should visit the FAQ page for additional information.

Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate program is documented on the graduate's USC transcript and acknowledged with a certificate (diploma) issued by the University of Southern California.

For more information, write to or call (213) 740-3198.

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