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Haas launched the Michaels Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business in response to the growing need to empower new leaders with the capacity to lead the economic and social transition to a climate resilient, low-carbon, and equitable future. To address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges requires significant innovation in management practices, in business models and supply chains, and in new products and technologies. The Michaels Certificate in Sustainable Business will equip aspiring leaders to evaluate operational and strategic decisions using a sustainability lens.

Program Benefits

The Michaels Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business curriculum exposes students to the underlying complexities in energy and environmental markets and the inherent challenges of building sustainable growth within our current economic systems. Upon completion, students will be better equipped with the necessary frameworks and practical skills to imagine and implement more sustainable business models, management practices, and technologies. Domain-focused classes will allow students to go deeper on specific topics of interest. The certificate will appear on the final transcript.

Participating students will also join a community of change-makers who are passionate about leading purpose-driven careers with impact. While classmates may share the same vision for a more equitable, more sustainable future, they may have different theories about how to achieve that end. Through collaboration within and outside the classroom, students gain exposure to new perspectives, developing a more holistic systems worldview.

Certificate Requirements

  • You must be a Full-time or Evening & Weekend MBA or student in good academic standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to pursue the certificate
  • You must earn a minimum grade of B in all certificate coursework
  • You must complete at least 9 units of approved certificate coursework, comprised of the following:
Take two Required Foundational Courses:

1. MBA 212 “Energy and Environmental Markets” (3 units, Spring)
2. MBA 247 /EWMBA247 “Business and Sustainable Supply Chains.” (1 unit,

Take at least one Recommended Dimension/Domain Course:

Note: You must take at least 2 units of recommended coursework in order to
meet the 9 unit certificate coursework requirement.

  • MBA280 – Real Estate Investment Analysis and Sustainability (3 units, Spring)
  • MBA292N/EWMBA292T “Impact Investing Landscape” (1 unit, Fall & Spring)
  • MBA292T  “Impact Investing Practicum” (2 units, Spring but not
    offered in Spring ‘21)
  •  MBA292J “Sustainable Investment Fund” (2 units, Fall & Spring)
  • MBA292T/ EWMBA292T “Sustainable Portfolio Construction” (1 units, Spring)
  • MBA292T “Haas Impact Fund” (2 unit, Spring)
  • MBA292T  “Impact Startup Launchpad” (2 unit, Fall)
  • MBA292T/EWMBA292T  “Impact Startup Disco” (1 unit, Spring)
  • MBA292T “Climate Change and Business Strategy” (3 units,
  • MBA292T “Plant Futures Symposium” (1 unit, Spring)
  • MBA292R/EWMBA292T “Business & Natural Resources” (1 unit, Fall)
  • MBA292N “Food Innovation Studio” (2 units, Fall)
  • MBA212B “Legal and Regulatory Frameworks for Energy and
    Infrastructure Projects” (1 unit, Spring but not offered in Spring 21)
  • MBA212C “Energy and Infrastructure Project Finance” (1 unit,
  • MBA292T “Design & Evaluation of Development Technologies” (3
    units, Fall)
  • MBA292T/EWMBA292T “Corporate Sustainability Measuring and Reporting” (1 unit, Spring)
  • MBA292T “Edible Education” (3 units, Spring)
  • MBA293 “Plant Futures Challenge Lab” (2 units, Spring)
Take ONE Required Synthesizing Project Course:
  • MBA 212A “Cleantech to Market” (3 units, Fall)
  • MBA 292C “Strategic and Sustainable Business Solutions” (3 units,


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