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Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management

Graduate Certificate

To impart knowledge on the key environmental, social, and governance issues affecting businesses and to develop the critical skills that are needed for a rewarding and impactful career in sustainability management.

Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management


Businesses today are inundated with mounting pressures from environmental and social forces, ranging from climate change and biodiversity loss to consumer rights violations and socially unacceptable labour practices.

On the one hand, businesses have to manage both physical and transition risks associated with climate change, while balancing the often-conflicting demands of its stakeholders and economic profits. On the other hand, businesses that have the strategic foresight to avail themselves of the new opportunities in the green economy, while creating shared value for society, will find themselves to be competitively advantaged compared to those with a sole focus on an economic bottom line.

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management (GCESG) programme aims to equip the learner with the essential sustainability knowledge and skills that are transferable across functions and sectors, while providing practical tools and useful strategies to advance an organisation in its sustainability journey.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for graduate programmes.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Financial Assistance

The University offers course fee concession for selected graduate programmes. Please click here for more details.

Programme Structure

Each of the courses in the GCESG programme is 5 credit units (cu) and can be taken on a stand-alone basis. Upon successful completion of 15 cu of coursework, these courses can be stacked to a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management.

Students have to maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in their coursework as part of the fulfilment of the graduate certificate programme.

Compulsory Courses (15 cu)

The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management programme is suitable for:

  • Senior managers who are championing net zero mandates for their organisations;
  • Mid-career professionals whose portfolios have expanded to include sustainable development;
  • Fresh graduates who are looking to develop a career in sustainability management;
  • Consultants and auditors with fresh responsibilities to advise and help organisations in sustainability transformation, reporting and compliance; and
  • Small business owners who would like to understand the implications of climate change for their businesses.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management programme can look forward to a broad range of career opportunities. These include positions within:

  • Sustainability offices of companies that are looking to reduce their carbon footprint;
  • Functions that are relevant for sustainable development such as reporting, compliance, risk management, and procurement;
  • Sectors that are impacted by climate change that are integral to Singapore’s economy such as financial services and real estate;
  • Actors in the broader sustainability ecosystem such as consultants, auditors, and regulatory bodies.
  1. How many intake(s) are there in a year for the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Management (GCESG)?
    There are two intakes per year, taking place in January and July.

  2. How long does it take to complete the GCESG?
    The GCESG can be completed in half a year, with a maximum candidature period of two years.

  3. Can taking the GCESG help me progress towards a Master degree?
    While we do not currently offer a dedicated Master in Sustainability Management programme, you can advance towards the Master of Management or Master of Social Sciences programme if you complete the Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Management (GDESG) with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  1. When and how are the lessons conducted?
    Classes are generally conducted face-to-face on weekday evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm and on Saturdays.

  2. Instead of signing up for a Graduate Certificate programme, can I just register for one course?
    Applicants may continue to sign up for modular courses as CET by submitting an application via the CET application portal. Upon successful completion of and attainment of the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.50 for the required modular courses, eligible CET students may apply for the graduate certificate.

  3. What happens if I do not complete the graduate programmes (e.g. Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master) within the candidature period? Can I apply to take the remaining courses via CET pathway?
    Students who have not completed their graduate programmes within the stipulated candidature period will not be eligible for the award of the qualification for such graduate programmes. Such students however may apply to take, via the CET pathway, the remaining courses which they did not complete under their graduate programmes as part of their personal learning and development . Such application will be subjected to the CET admission requirement. However, as such students have exceeded the candidature period for their graduate programmes, they will not be awarded the qualification for such graduate programmes even after taking and completing the remaining courses via the CET pathway (“Condition”).

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