The purpose of the Environmental and Sustainability Management Graduate Certificate is to prepare students to develop and manage environmental and sustainability initiatives and practices that will reduce, remove, and redress environmental impacts in various types of organizations. With courses offered by the College of Science, the Schar School of Policy and Government, the School of Business, and the College of Engineering and Computing, the proposed certificate provides students with a transdisciplinary perspective on environmental and sustainability challenges. Upon completion of the certificate program, graduates will be able to: 1) Identify environmental and sustainability management challenges in the private and public sector; 2) Recognize the mechanisms of public policy making that influence environmental and sustainability management decisions; and 3) Apply fundamental concepts in management science, environmental science, public administration, and management to craft and execute sustainability solutions.


University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agency or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). No specific undergraduate degree is required.


For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: SC-CERG-ESMG

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 12

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Required Courses

EVPP 638Corporate Environmental Management and Policy3
PUAD 502Administration in Public and Nonprofit Organizations3
or PUAD 540 Public Policy Process
Choose one course from the following:3
Urban Ecosystems Processes
Waterscape Ecology and Management
Fundamentals of Ecology
Wetland Ecology and Management
Choose one course from the following:3
Financial Reporting and Decision Making
Marketing Management
Managerial Finance
Organizational Behavior
Systems Thinking
System Engineering Design
Total Credits12