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Build healthier, resilient, and more equitable organizations and communities.

Society’s health and well-being depends on supportive environments where we live, work, and play. More businesses recognize the need to integrate the principles of sustainability and well-being into their organization to improve economic, health, and social factors. In the Sustainability and Well-being Graduate Certificate, you’ll learn how the principles of sustainability and well-being can advance our workplaces, communities, and beyond, towards a better future.

You’ll explore topics, such as:

  • Contemporary health and wellness perspectives
  • Sustainable community design
  • How the success of an organization and the well-being of the community intersect
  • Tools to assess organizational behavior
  • Effective methods for positive change
  • How to integrate the metrics of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Courses are completed entirely online, an ideal format for busy professionals. You can watch lectures, participate in online forums with your classmates, and although assignments have deadlines, you can do homework whenever it’s convenient for you—all course content is accessible online from any device. Learn more about online learning with UW Extended Campus.

Who Should Apply?

The Sustainability and Well-being Graduate Certificate is an ideal way to expand your skills and knowledge in a flexible, online format, and offers value to professionals working in a variety of fields, such as: HR, sustainability, safety/risk management, facilities/operations, public health/human services, workplace wellness, environmental health and safety (EH&S), occupational health, architecture/design, urban planning, and more.

Students with a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply. Degree-seeking students in the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management or the Master of Science in Sustainable Management may choose to earn the certificate as an additional credential. Coursework completed in the certificate applies toward the master’s degree should you choose to enroll as a degree-seeking student in either program.

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UW System Collaboration

The Sustainability and Well-being Graduate Certificate is a joint offering of the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management and Master of Science in Sustainable Management. This certificate program is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior.

Accreditation

Whether online or on campus, University of Wisconsin programs have a reputation for delivering world-class education and student support. Accreditation is your assurance that you will graduate with skills that are relevant to your field and valued by employers. The Sustainability and Well-being Graduate Certificate is approved by the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

To be eligible for the Sustainability and Well-being Graduate Certificate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, in any discipline, from an accredited university (min. 3.0 GPA).

You will also need to submit the following application materials:

  • Your resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation (can be professional or academic).
  • A personal statement of up to 1,000 words describing the reason behind your decision to pursue this certificate.

If you are a degree-seeking student in the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management or Master of Science in Sustainable Management, and are interested in earning the certificate as an additional credential, you must declare your interest with your academic advisor at your home campus. You do not need to submit an application.

International Guidelines

This program welcomes online students from around the world. Online students do not qualify for an F-1 Student Visa to travel to the U.S., but instead can participate in our online courses remotely. If your native language is not English and/or you attended school outside of the U.S., you will likely need to provide proof of English language proficiency and an official translation or evaluation of academic transcripts. Requirements will vary based on a student’s academic history and home campus policies. For guidance about these requirements and how they apply to your specific situation, contact your preferred home campus admissions office.

If you would like to apply as an International Student for an on-campus program in the UW System please refer to these resources through UW-HELP.

Application Deadline

All application materials need to be completed two weeks prior to the semester start to be considered for admission.

Starting your application early will ensure you have plenty of time to gather required materials (such as transcripts) and complete the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application.

How to Apply

While you are free to apply on your own, many prospective students find it helpful to speak with an enrollment adviser first.

Step 1. Select a home campus from our list of program partners: UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior. Learn more about our campus partners and choosing a home campus.

Step 2. Apply to your preferred home campus using the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. Please review the application instructions for your preferred home campus below. If you are applying to UW-Stout, you will not use the UW System Online Admission Application, you will use the UW-Stout Online Application.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Green Bay” as the campus.
    • Choose the “Sustainability and Well-being Certificate”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Applicant”.
    •  When asked “Are you applying as a degree-seeking student?” select “Yes”, and that you would like to earn a “Graduate Degree”.
    • Then select “UW-Oshkosh” as the campus.
    • Choose the “Certificate in Sustainability and Well-Being*”.
  • $56 application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Parkside” as the campus.
    • Choose “Graduate special”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-River Falls” as the campus.
    • Choose “Graduate special”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Stevens Point” as the campus.
    • Choose “Grad Non-Degree Seeking”.
    • Indicate interest in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and Well-being in the essay field on the application.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • If you are applying to UW-Stout, you will not use the UW System Online Admission Application, you will use the UW-Stout Online Application.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

  • Apply as a “Graduate Non-Degree Applicant”.
    • Select that you’re applying for “A Few Courses” and that you plan to take “Graduate” classes.
    • Then select “UW-Superior” as the campus.
    • Choose “Sustainability and Wellbeing Certificate (non-degree seeking) Graduate”.
  • No application fee.
  • Not eligible for financial aid.

Step 3. Send your resume, personal statement, and letters of recommendation; and arrange to have your official college transcripts* (from each institution you attended) sent to the graduate student admissions office of the home campus to which you applied.

*Please request electronic transcripts if this service is offered by your previous school(s). Have the e-transcript sent from your previous school directly to the admissions e-mail address of your chosen home campus. E-transcripts are usually delivered more quickly than physical copies sent by mail.

4 Courses. 12 Credits. 100% Online

Coursework in the Sustainability and Well-being Graduate Certificate focuses on the principles of sustainability related to well-being to help build healthier, more equitable organizations and communities. It is possible to complete a certificate in one year; however, based on work and life commitments, you may decide to take longer.

CourseCredits

In this course, students will examine health and wellness concepts and probe foundational thinking associated with the contemporary health and wellness field. Expectations and development of the wellness professional will be explored.

Prerequisite: Personal Health or Equivalent

HWM 700 course syllabus

3 Credits

In this course, students will study organizations, their members, and analyze why people and groups behave as they do. Processes and methods that improve behavior, effectiveness, and efficiency in organizational settings will be examined. The course will also cover various methods for assessing organizational behavior and change.

HWM 770 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course explores how the built environment came to be, and how it intersects with human needs such as water, air, food, waste, transportation, healthcare, and education. You will evaluate community design and what a sustainable community looks like, and study related technologies while evaluating alternatives and discussing unintended consequences. This course will include case studies.

SMGT 750 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course will enable students to understand the rationale behind CSR and sustainability. It takes students through an evaluation of risks and potential impacts in decision making, uncovering the links between the success of an organization and the well-being of a community/society. Additionally, methods and standards of integrating CSR throughout an organization, creating metrics and communicating CSR policies internally and externally will be discussed, analyzed, and applied. Students will develop an understanding of best practices of CSR in its entire breadth within an organization as well as delve into economic structures designed to foster more responsibility and accountability.

SMGT 780 course syllabus

3 Credits

*HWM 700 and HWM 770 are courses in the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management. SMGT 750 and SMGT 780 are courses in the Master of Science in Sustainable Management. If you are a degree-seeking student in either program earning the certificate as an additional credential, you will be required to complete the two certificate courses outside of your degree in addition to your master’s program curriculum to earn the certificate.

Course availability for the Sustainability and Well-being Graduate Certificate varies each fall, spring, and summer semester. Note: course offerings are subject to change due to fluctuating enrollment. If you are a current student, please consult with your campus adviser prior to registration.

Fall 2022

Course Preview Week: August 30 - September 05, 2022
Semester Dates: September 06 - December 16, 2022

CourseCredits

In this course, students will examine health and wellness concepts and probe foundational thinking associated with the contemporary health and wellness field. Expectations and development of the wellness professional will be explored.

Prerequisite: Personal Health or Equivalent

HWM 700 course syllabus

3 Credits

In this course, students will study organizations, their members, and analyze why people and groups behave as they do. Processes and methods that improve behavior, effectiveness, and efficiency in organizational settings will be examined. The course will also cover various methods for assessing organizational behavior and change.

HWM 770 course syllabus

3 Credits

Spring 2023

Registration Opens: November 14, 2022
Course Preview Week: January 17 - January 23, 2023
Semester Dates: January 24 - May 05, 2023

CourseCredits

This course explores how the built environment came to be, and how it intersects with human needs such as water, air, food, waste, transportation, healthcare, and education. You will evaluate community design and what a sustainable community looks like, and study related technologies while evaluating alternatives and discussing unintended consequences. This course will include case studies.

SMGT 750 course syllabus

3 Credits

This course will enable students to understand the rationale behind CSR and sustainability. It takes students through an evaluation of risks and potential impacts in decision making, uncovering the links between the success of an organization and the well-being of a community/society. Additionally, methods and standards of integrating CSR throughout an organization, creating metrics and communicating CSR policies internally and externally will be discussed, analyzed, and applied. Students will develop an understanding of best practices of CSR in its entire breadth within an organization as well as delve into economic structures designed to foster more responsibility and accountability.

SMGT 780 course syllabus

3 Credits

*HWM 700 and HWM 770 are courses in the Master of Science in Health and Wellness Management. SMGT 750 and SMGT 780 are courses in the Master of Science in Sustainable Management. If you are a degree-seeking student in either program earning the certificate as an additional credential, you will be required to complete the two certificate courses outside of your degree in addition to your master’s program curriculum to earn the certificate.

Tuition is a flat fee of $750 per credit whether you live in Wisconsin or out of state.

There are no additional course or program fees, however, textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. You will not pay segregated fees (fees in addition to tuition that cover the cost of student-organized activities, facility maintenance, and operations) and you will not be charged a technology fee. If software or special technology is required in one of your courses, it will be provided to you and is included in your tuition.

Students enrolling in certificate programs may be eligible for financial aid. Refer to your home campus for more information.