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Certificate (Sustainability)

 1 year
 full time
 on campus

Program Description

  • Certificate degree in Sustainability at the University of Alberta is offered as a 1-year teaching program.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on a full-time basis.
  • The Certificate in Sustainability students focuses on human and environmental issues that are increasingly important in today’s world.
  • Students gain deep, integrative knowledge of issues such as climate change, food security, renewable energy, biodiversity, and social inequality.
  • To earn the certificate, students must complete12 credits of coursework i.e. 6 credits in core courses and 6 credits in elective courses.
  • Students must also complete and present an integrative capstone project.
  • This is non-credit work completed outside of the classroom to solve real-world challenges and it can take the form of a reflection paper, a research poster, or even creative forms like a video or podcast.
  • In this program, students can enroll in any year of their degree, as long as they can complete all certificate requirements by the deadline to graduate and prior to their final semester.
  • The certificate will give students a welcome edge when hitting the job market. 
  • After learning this program, students will understand current controversies around the social, economic, and environmental changes necessary for global sustainability.
  • It has an average first-year class size of 35, and a student-instructor ratio of 16:1.
  • The University of Alberta's Augustana graduates is capable of engaging life with intellectual confidence and imaginative insight, equipped for leadership and service, and committed to the betterment of their world.
  • After completing this program students get an average salary of 37,250 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Certificate
Duration1 year
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Mar 01)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • There is no cost to apply for or complete the certificate. As an embedded certificate, students earn the designation while completing an undergraduate program in one of eleven faculties include:
    • Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences
    • Arts
    • Augustana Campus
    • Business
    • Campus Saint-Jean
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Extension
    • Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
    • Native Studies
    • Science
  • Engineering students can earn the certificate by counting program electives, complementary studies electives, and the impact of technology on society courses.

Indian Student Eligibility:

  • Indian students need to maintain an overall average of 60% in each year.
  • The minimum GPA required is 3.2/4.0 or students must have B grade in their degree.

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test to get admission to this program.

Required Document List

Following are the required documents:

  • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
  • Transcripts: Submit a school transcript that shows all of the high school courses students have already taken and grades they have already received, as well as courses still in progress. 
  • Reference Form/Letter: Three reference forms and letters of recommendation completed and uploaded by referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) directly to the online portal.
  • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.

Application Deadline

Mar 01

Scores Required

90 / 120

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6.5 / 9

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61 / 75

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Fees & Funding

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Housing$ 10,800
Food$ 2,700


Academy Ranking of World Universities 2020

Ranked #151/ 200

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Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020

VISA & Work Study


  • A student VISA is required to study in Canada and work on-campus and off-campus.
  • The Student VISA is usually valid for the length of the study program, plus an extra 90 days.
  • International applicants who are applying for a Student Visa are required to have TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for entry in Canada.
  • Following are the required documents for Students visa applications:
    • Application for Study Permit
    • Letter of acceptance
    • Proof of financial support
    • Passport photos

Work Study

Students must have a work-study visa to work in Canada and students from the University of Alberta can work both on-campus and off-campus.

On-Campus: Students can work on-campus. The jobs available for students are UAlberta offices like interns, assistants, receptionists, and Stores and restaurants, UAlberta bookstores, UAlberta libraries, Coffeeshops.  Students can work on-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Off-Campus: Students can also work off-campus. The jobs available for students are companies in their field of studies, Banks, Restaurants, and Stores. Students can work off-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Career and Placement after Course

Possible career opportunities are:

  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Policy Maker
  • Strategy Planner or Development Manager
  • Career as a CSR professional

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