Sustainability Certificate

Professional Studies Certificate

With a six-course curriculum offered entirely online, this program comprises courses such as Sustainability Science, Energy in the 21st Century, Wetlands Science and Policy, Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking, and Food and Sustainability. 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.

At a Glance

How many courses?

Six courses—one core course and five electives.

How much does it cost?

$14,448—based on completing all courses during the 2023–2024 Academic Year.

Flexible scheduling

With online course options, you can complete this certificate on your terms and at your pace.


Core Courses

Complete the following course:

ADBI 1128Sustainability Science


Complete 5 of the following courses:

ADBI 1140Citizen Science
ADBI 2010Eating and the Environment
ADBI 3010Energy in the 21st Century
ADGE 2500Natural Disasters
ADGE 2505Wetlands Science and Policy
ADSB 1904Planetary Health
ADSB 2026Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking
ADSB 2105Food and Sustainability
Sarah McCracken
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




Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.


Start Your Application

There is no application fee, and résumés are optional.

If you are mailing hard copies of application materials, please send them to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

*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

Please mail transcripts to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate as the recipient.

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.



Please contact Anna Hughes,