May 30, 2024  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024

Sustainability and Business Graduate Certificate

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Business is increasingly involved in social and environmental issues. On the one hand, government and civil society are exerting increasing pressure on the business sector to help address the world’s pressing social and environmental sustainability challenges. On the other hand, a growing number of businesses are seeking to respond proactively to these challenges. The Sustainability and Business Graduate Certificate prepares students to help shape solutions to social and environmental sustainability challenges, both from within and from outside the business sector.

The program was designed with several audiences in mind: current Marshall graduate students already strong on the business side, current graduate students outside Marshall who may have strength on the sustainability side but want more strength on the business side, and individuals not yet enrolled but eager to deepen their understanding of the field.


Applicants must meet the same Marshall School of Business admissions requirements as degree seeking students. Some exceptions are made for current USC students and USC alumni. Visit for details.

Applicants may apply for admission to begin the program in the fall or spring semesters as well as in the summer, depending on course availability. Applications are submitted online through the USC Graduate Admissions website at International applicants are advised to see the instructions for international students published at

Program Requirements

The program requires completion of 15 units.

Electives: Complete 0-9 units from the following to total 15 units:


Given the growing number of courses relevant to this certificate at USC, students may petition the director to include courses not listed here. Petitions must be received and approved prior to registration for the course to be applied to the certificate.

For current USC graduate students, courses credited to the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Business may be completed in conjunction with course work required for the program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of these courses to the student’s primary degree program is determined by the student’s home department. For USC alumni, courses completed in conjunction with a previously conferred degree may not be credited toward the certificate.

Successful completion of the program is acknowledged by a certificate (diploma) awarded by the university.

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