Sustainable Enterprise (Certificate)

The Master of Science in Environmental Management and Sustainability program at Stuart School of Business offers certificate programs specifically designed for mid-career professionals who want to enhance their professional knowledge with the latest industry-relevant ideas, skills, and tools.

The Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise focuses on the theory and practice of environmental and social sustainability in the business environment, including the intersection of sustainability and innovation in managing a business, strategies and tools of the emerging field of industrial ecology, and an introduction to the rapidly growing field of social entrepreneurship.

Students in this certificate program take three semester-length courses, learning alongside degree-seeking students and benefitting from the same expert faculty and a master’s degree curriculum that is attuned to leading-edge business practices and technologies.

Convenient for busy professionals, courses are scheduled in the evening and most are held at Illinois Tech’s Downtown Campus.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise focuses on environmental and social sustainability in the business environment, including the intersection of sustainability and innovation, strategies and tools of the emerging field of industrial ecology, and an introduction to the rapidly-growing field of social entrepreneurship.

Career Opportunities

The Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise allows professionals to gain formal certification in a particular area of expertise and/or learn state-of-the-art skills to further their careers in environmental sustainability and compliance as consultants, entrepreneurs, administrators, and managers who can successfully make the business case for sustainability.

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This certificate includes three semester-length courses (9 credit hours total). Each course meets once a week for 15 weeks. Use the link below for a list of courses and descriptions.

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  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Three to five years of related work experience
  • Depending on previous academic coursework, the applicant may need to take additional prerequisite courses that may not count toward the certificate

Designed for Busy Professionals

Stuart School of Business Certificates Are:

  • Targeted: Get the education you need now to propel your career forward
  • Convenient: Evening class schedule, with most courses taught at Illinois Tech’s Downtown Campus located a block west of Union Station in Chicago
  • Flexible: Take one or more courses at a time

Use Your Certificate Credit Toward a Master’s Degree

Certificate program students who later apply and are admitted to a master’s degree program at Stuart may apply all approved certificate coursework with a grade of “B” or higher to a master’s degree. A certificate is typically equivalent to one-fourth to one-third of the credit hours required for a degree. Students have the option of transferring to the master’s program in any semester.

Featured Faculty

Weslynne Ashton
Professor of Environmental Management and Sustainability Affiliate Professor to Armour College of Engineering
Nasrin Khalili
Associate Professor Emerita of Environmental Management Adjunct Professor, Industrial Technology and Management
Ghazale Jafari Haddadian
Clinical Associate Professor of Operations and Energy Management