Professional Studies Certificate

With a six-course curriculum offered entirely online, this program comprises courses such as Sustainability Science, Energy in the 21st Century, Water Resources, and Building Green Buildings. Students are exposed to both science and policy as they explore such pressing concerns as climate change, population growth, and the limits of natural resources.

Quick Facts




Total Tuition

(Fall & Spring Semester Courses Only)

Core Courses

Complete the following course:

ADBI 1128 Sustainability Science


Completed 5 of the following courses:

ADXX  Corporate Sustainability
ADBI 2010 Eating and the Environment 
ADXX Building Green Buildings 
ADXX Energy in the 21st Century
ADXX Water Resources 
ADGE 2505 Wetlands Science and Policy
ADXX Environmental Economics
ADGE 2500 Natural Disasters
ADXX  Marine Resources
ADXX Evolution of Life and Historical Geology
ADXX Applied Hydrogeology
ADXX Urban Ecology: Environmental History of Boston 
Sarah McCracken
Professor Cole's class on Eating and the Environment was absolutely fantastic this past spring. I learned so much from the class, and I cannot tell you how much I looked forward to our weekly discussions. The class really set me on the right path to take the knowledge I gained and to blend it with my new role at Ceres.
Sarah McCracken, Manager of Investor Engagement, Ceres


Application Information


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please mail application materials to:
Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Start Your Application

*Current Woods College degree students interested in adding a certificate to their plan of study should not use the online application. Declare your certificate here.

Academic Transcripts

Submit one of the following:

  • Official high school degree
  • Official GED
  • Official college/university transcript

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: $45

  • Check or money order payable to Boston College.
  • Please do not send cash.




Contact Claudia Pouravelis at with questions.