FAQs | Sustainability at CU Boulder

Sustainable Practices Program | University of Colorado Boulder


Q: What’s the tuition of the program?

A: Students can either complete one of the non-credit certificates, or both of them. They can also choose to enroll in seminars individually.

Total Tuition Costs:

For new students:
Single Certificate: $6,000
Both Certificates: $7,000
Individual Seminars: $2,000/seminar

Currently enrolled CU-Boulder students in a bachelor’s or master’s degree receive a 50% discount.
Single Certificate: $3,000
Both Certificates: $3,500
Individual Seminars: $1,000/seminar

Q: What are the payment options available to students?

A: Enrollees have the option to either pay their entire program cost up-front, or pay for individual seminars as they go. Students can also choose to establish an affordable payment plan upon enrollment, with only the first payment due upon registration.

Single Certificate: $600/month for 10 months
Both Certificates: $700/month for 10 months
Individual Seminars: 4 Bi-weekly Payments of $500

These monthly payment plans are not being offered or made by the University of Colorado Boulder, but rather by All Campus, LLC, which is a third party provider of enrollment and tuition payment services.

Students can also choose to establish a payment plan for the full tuition price through PayPal Credit with 0% interest for 6 months. View terms and conditions here.

To learn more about the program’s pricing and payment options, click here.

Q: Who should enroll in the online Professional Non-credit Certificates in Sustainability Management?

A: The program is a perfect fit for either current sustainability professionals looking to expand their skill-set or those who are looking to move into this dynamic, in-demand field. Our students have come from a wide variety of organizations, with some aiming to become independent consultants and others looking to fill (or create) a sustainability officer role at their current place of work. Individuals from all sectors of the economy and all academic backgrounds are encouraged to enroll in the program, and can benefit from the practical, relevant curriculum.

Q: I have a sustainability certification already (LEED, ISSP, etc.). Would the program still be a good fit for me?

A: Yes. While specialized certifications are widely recognized and signify expertise in a defined area, CU-Boulder’s online program is designed to help students learn how to approach sustainability projects in a wide variety of industries and settings. Earning either of the certificates (or both) can make a strong addition to your resume, building a practical foundation of knowledge to support your certifications and develop a new, expanded way of thinking about sustainability.

Q: I have a master’s degree in a sustainability or environmental discipline. Do I still have to take all of the core seminars, including the introductory seminar, to earn a non-credit certificate?

A: Yes. Many of our previous students have come to us with professional experience in sustainability and/or a master’s degree in an environmental discipline seeking greater practical knowledge. The seminars within the program are designed to be sequential, with content that builds on previously explored topics. In general, students find that even the introductory seminar helps them learn foundational sustainability concepts that they have not learned in prior experience or academic courses.

Q: How often do I need to log in to my seminar each week?

A: It is recommended that you log in to your online classroom and participate in discussions regularly. You will typically spend an average of 10 hours per week completing work for your seminars.

Q: Do I have to log in at specific times of the day?

A: No. Except for the one live webinar portion of each course, the learning environment at CU-Boulder’s online Professional Non-Credit Sustainability Certificates in Business or Community Management is 100% asynchronous, meaning that there are no set meeting times unless special arrangements are made with the instructor.

Q: What is the lecture format?

A: You will receive lectures through platforms such as e-lectures, podcasts, interactive web groups, and synchronous and asynchronous discussions.

Q: How is the program graded?

A: The program operates on a pass/fail system. A score of 80% or higher on a seminar’s final exam is required to pass.

Q: Will I be required to complete a thesis at the end of my program?

A: No. There are no traditional theses required in any of the programs.

Q: Can I enroll in both the non-credit sustainability certificate in business management and the sustainability certificate in community management?

A: Yes. By completing only one more seminar in addition to the four required for one non-credit certificate, students can successfully earn both. The supplementary cost of the fifth (specialty) seminar is $1000.

Q: I want to enroll in seminars individually now. Can I decide to get the full non-credit certificate later and still get a discount?

A: Those who enroll in seminars individually can still choose to pursue one or both non-credit certificates later and receive the published discounted rates available at the time they communicate their intent to switch. In these cases, students will not be due any refund of past payments made no matter the published discounted rates. Students must have taken all previous seminars in sequence. This decision must be communicated to an Enrollment Representative before the start of their third seminar.

Q: How quickly can I expect my instructor to answer any question I may have?

A: It is guaranteed that your instructor will respond to your questions within 72 hours of receiving your message unless noted otherwise, although in most instances you can expect a response in 24 hours.

Q: Is the online non-credit sustainability certificate the only option, or is there an opportunity to attend a live program?

A: Yes, there is a live, in person program, the Sustainability Bootcamp offered once per year in the summer. For more information on this live program, please contact an Enrollment Advisor at .

Q: If needed, am I allowed to take a break from the program?

A: Yes, you are able to take time off from your program. Simply do not register for seminars that term.

Q: Am I required to complete my program within a certain time frame?

A: Yes. You must complete the program within 3 years of enrolling in your first seminar.

Q: What is the program’s cancellation policy and can I transfer to another non-credit class instead?

A: To learn more about our refund, payment, transfer, and cancellation policies, click here.

If you have more questions about online Professional Non-Credit Certificates in Business and Community Sustainability, please call an Enrollment Advisor at or fill out the request information form and we’ll be in touch.

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