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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability
Basic Degree Information/Description
The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability is a 15-hour certificate designed to meet the needs of prospective students interested in developing knowledge in environmental sustainability. The purpose of this certificate is to provide professionals who already have undergraduate degrees with graduate instruction in environmental sustainability as a means to maintaining and promoting their professional development. According to Daly (1990), environmental sustainability can be defined as
“the rates of renewable resource harvest, pollution creation, and non-renewable resource depletion that can be continued indefinitely.”
More simply, environmental sustainability can be defined as the ability to maintain factors and practices that are valued in the physical environment and that contribute to the quality of the environment on a long-term basis. The certificate program is designed to provide post-baccalaureates with course work in environmental sustainability outside of their undergraduate major. The certificate provides students with a post-baccalaureate educational opportunity that is narrower in scope and shorter in duration than its associated master’s graduate degree program in the Environmental Science Academic Programs.
Admission Requirements and Prerequisites
Admission requirements and prerequisites:Bachelor's degree with 18 credit hours in field of study or in another appropriate field of study.
Transcripts:Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
Specific Degree Requirements:See Catalog
Graduate Studies Application:Yes
Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
Additional Requirements: A degree seeking applicant must meet international graduate student admission requirements.