Recent, unprecedented growth has generated new opportunities for many around the globe, but it has also strained our ecosystems, driven stark inequality, and tipped the balance of our personal lives. If we are going to tackle these challenges, we need leaders who are empowered to act, professionally and personally, so that humans and nature can thrive for generations to come.

We designed the Sustainability Certificate as a training-ground where emerging leaders use a sustainability lens to evaluate business-critical questions. Students build and challenge their knowledge in courses, picked from dozens of curated sustainability electives across MIT and MIT Sloan. Our curriculum provides a rich mix of action learning and conceptual content, while also providing the flexibility for students to discover their own distinctive career path. By the time our students graduate with a Sustainability Certificate from MIT Sloan, they are practiced in putting their ideas about sustainability into action to improve the world. 

Note: The Certificate is only open to masters-level students at MIT as an add-on to our existing degree programs. It is not an executive education program. Please see the “Admissions” section for a list of programs whose students are eligible for the Certificate.


  • Receive a Certificate in Sustainability from MIT Sloan indicating your knowledge of sustainability fundamentals.
  • Join a cohort and extended community of passionate and dedicated leaders, with access to alumni at multiple events throughout the year.
  • Tailor your MBA experience to your professional goals. Some students pursue a “track” like Enterprise Management, Finance, or Entrepreneurship and Innovation in addition to the Sustainability Certificate.
  • Access high-caliber sustainability-focused summer internships sourced by MIT Sloan’s Career Development Office.


Required Courses:

  • S-Lab: 15.915 (spring)
  • 15.871 Intro to System Dynamics or 15.873 System Dynamics for Business and Policy (only one required)
  • 15.878 Capstone in Sustainability (spring H4)

Elective Courses: 

  • Select two (2) from electives list on our courses page.
  • To see Fall 2019 courses, visit here

  • For a comprehensive list of energy-related courses at MIT, please click here. These courses may count as electives toward the Sustainability Certificate with approval from the Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan. Please contact us to discuss the eligibility of any energy-related courses that are not listed on our courses webpage.  
  • NOTE: 15.569 L-Lab, because it is a 15 unit course, counts as 2 electives 


There is no formal application process, but please contact us to indicate your interest.

Open enrollment for courses—please bid through the normal bidding process. 

Open to all MBA and MIT masters-level programs (e.g., Sloan Fellows, MSMS, LGO, ESD-SM, SCM, TPP)