Clean Energy & Sustainability

The Clean Energy and Sustainability (CES) Program now offers workforce training in clean energy and sustainability at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

The CES graduate certificate comprises four courses, including an internship/practicum component.

Clean energy is one of the fastest-growing sectors globally, according to Clean Edge, and Massachusetts is at the forefront of this trend. Markets and career opportunities are also growing rapidly in energy efficiency, smart grid, carbon trading, and related financial and professional services. In business, managers in every sector and function, from operations and marketing to accounting and finance, need to become knowledgeable about sustainability management and reporting. Similarly, this topic is increasingly important for people working in government, education, and nonprofit organizations.

With this growth comes new expectations for workforce education and training, and UMass Boston is paving the way. A joint venture of UMass Boston's College of Management (CM) and the School for the Environment (SFE), these programs also feature collaborative engagement with area businesses, nonprofit and social enterprise organizations, and other groups committed to building a more sustainable world.

Did you know that course credit from a certificate will count toward an MBA or MS degree should you choose to continue? Graduate business certificates do not require the GMAT, and if the student's GPA is higher than 3.3, they are eligible to waive the GMAT requirement upon entering the MBA and MS programs. 

Applications are due by July 1 to start in the fall and November 15 to begin in the spring. For more details, please feel free to contact us directly by emailing

Required Course

MBAMGT 671L Introduction to Environmental Management

Elective Courses (Select Three)

Available courses (select any three of the following or choose from other relevant courses offered on campus):

MBAMGT 688L Business and Climate Change 
MBA AF 631 
Environmental Accounting and Finance 
MBAMGT 698 Practicum (relevant internship or complete an environmental management related project if employed full-time)
MBAMGT 696 Independent Study (complete a research project with an available faculty member)

The Environmental Sciences Graduate Programs department offers courses that can be used towards graduate certificate elective requirements. 

Courses that can be taken as an elective:
ENVSCI 670L Environmental and Energy Economics
MBAMGT 674/ENVSCI 674L Climate and Energy: Law, Policy, and Management
ENVSCI 675L Economics of Renewables: Marine & Energy Resource
ENVSCI 718L Environmental Law & Policy: Federal Agencies, Courts, and Congress

Application Requirements

Applications for the Clean Energy & Sustainability Certificate** will need to submit:

  1. Online application and fee $75
  2. Official transcripts (completed bachelor’s degree required)
  3. Submission of TOEFL or IETLS score (required for all students that submit undergraduate transcripts where the national language is not English; minimum required score for TOEFL is 90 to be considered)
  4. Résumé (3-5 years of related work experience preferred)
  5. 1 letter of recommendation
  6. GMAT and GRE are not required for the graduate certificate program
  7. Statement of Intent. Please express in less than 1000 words: Why are you interested in the graduate certificate in Clean Energy & Sustainability? How will this certificate enhance your career?
  8. What is your experience in the Clean Energy or Sustainability field, and what problems and issues are you interested in exploring further?

    You can find admission information about the application process at the Graduate Admissions homepage.

For more information on the certificate contact Dr. Veleva at

**Please note certificate students must be enrolled in 3 courses to meet eligibility requirements for issuance of an I-20.

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