Environmental, Social & Governance Certificate

Develop your expertise in sustainability and ESG reporting.
Degree Type Certificate
Careers & Salary Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Online

Sustainability metrics are increasingly being integrated into corporate reporting, both as a point of distinction and as mandated by law. Business leaders are seeking employees with the knowledge and skills necessary to analyze and document environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors around sustainability. Completing this certificate will enable you to critically evaluate the impacts of companies and businesses on nature and society.

Program At-A-Glance

  • 100% Online
  • Three courses (9 credits)
    • SMGT 720 Applied Research and the Triple Bottom Line
    • SMGT 730 Policy, Law, and Ethics of Sustainability
    • SMGT 740 Economics of Sustainability
  • 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

The 9-credit Environmental, Social & Governance Graduate Certificate offers working professionals a credential confirming their knowledge and skills in documenting and analyzing environmental, social, and governance factors related to sustainability in a corporate setting.


Certificate Requirements

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



Certificate Objectives

The ESG Certificate will prepare you to:

  • Evaluate environmental laws, policies, and ethics when addressing environmental challenges and promoting sustainable economic development.
  • Explain the implications of sustainability in economic systems through analysis of natural, human, social, built, and financial capital.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques to assess costs associated with environmental, economic, and social sustainability issues.

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 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 are not include 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.