Climate Leadership Certificate

Become a leader for a better future.
Degree Type Certificate
Careers & Salaries Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Online

Employers are increasingly seeking individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement sustainable practices and address climate change within their organizations. Students who complete this certificate will be able to position themselves as leaders who are ready to confront climate-related issues through systems-based problem solving.

Program At-A-Glance

  • 100% Online
  • Three courses (9 credits)
    • SMGT 700 Cultural and Historical Foundations of Sustainability
    • SMGT 770 Leading Sustainable Organizations
    • SMGT 786 Climate Change
  • Start in Fall, Spring, or Summer semester
  • Complete in as little as 1 year
  • Tuition rate is $750 per credit
  • Credits earned can be applied towards the M.S. Sustainable Management degree

Career-Focused Curriculum

This 9-credit graduate certificate will train you in the fundamentals of sustainability and climate science in management, behavior and development of organizations, and the principles of corporate social responsibility.


Certificate Requirements

View details for this certificate program, including credit requirements and core and elective class listings.



Certificate Objectives

The Climate Leadership certificate will prepare you to:

  • Analyze the relationship between humans and the natural environment through scientific, cultural, and technological points of view. 
  • Develop solutions and strategies that address climate change using scientific, humanistic, and sustainability frameworks.
  • Apply principles of sustainability in organizational decision-making to balance the triple bottom line—people, planet, and profits.

Apply Your Certificate to a Graduate Degree.

The credit you earn by completing the Climate Leadership certificate can be applied towards the M.S. Sustainable Management degree.

M.S. Sustainable Management

Lead your organization into a sustainable future with your knowledge in business, sustainability, and environmental management.
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Admission Requirements and Application Materials

To apply to the Climate Leadership certificate program, please complete the online application form. To be eligible for admission, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (any field). An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred, but applicants with a lower GPA may still be considered for provisional admission.

Additionally, the following program-specific materials are required at the time of application:

  • Updated resume
  • Unofficial transcript attached to the application

Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate 
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees, however textbooks are purchased separately and not included in tuition rate.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

A Collaborative Offering

The Climate Leadership certificate is offered through a collaboration between Universities of Wisconsin partner institutions: UW-Stout, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Superior, UW-Green Bay, and UW Extended Campus. This unique structure gives you the opportunity to interact with students and faculty from across these partner institutions.

By pursuing this certificate with UW-Stout as your home campus, you will receive academic advising and other support from UW-Stout, and you will have access to the student services available on our campus. 

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.