Society and Sustainability Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Society and Sustainability intends to educate students about the complex and dynamic interactions between human activities and the natural environment. Understanding those interactions is essential for achieving sustainable development.

Through training and research, the Society and Sustainability certificate program uniquely prepares future scientists, educators and resource managers for careers with private and public organizations.

This certificate is for graduate or professional students who fit the following criteria:

  • Students who are in a graduate or professional program in their specialization area.
  • Students who have undergraduate or graduate training in natural and social sciences.
  • Students who desire to learn through interdisciplinary studies, including social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.

Program Study Areas and Requirements

To earn the Society and Sustainability certificate, students must complete 12 credit hours toward the certificate. All students are required to take the following core courses:

Certificate Process and Policies

For certificate program processes and policies, please refer to:


The admissions process varies by whether a student enrolls in a degree program and seeks a certificate to enhance his or her degree program experience or whether the student is a certificate-only student. The University of Missouri Office of Graduate Studies facilitates the admissions process.

More Information


Hua Qin, PhD
Coordinator, Society and Sustainability Program
228 Gentry Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
Telephone: 573-882-1640