Centre for Sustainability

Certificate in Sustainability

The Centre for Sustainability offers a Certificate in Sustainability for students enrolled in the MIA, MPP, and MDS programs at the Hertie School. The Certificate is awarded to students who devote a meaningful portion of their studies to sustainability-related coursework. To be eligible, students must complete at least 2 sustainability courses and a Masters' Thesis on a sustainability topic. In exceptional and well-justified cases, 3 sustainability courses may be accepted instead of two courses and a Masters' Thesis (see below for more details on requirements).

How do we define sustainability-related coursework? The United Nations Brundtland Commission Report (1987) concluded that human development can be sustainable if it meets “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainability is a situation in which well-being of all humans is at least maintained (or improved) for future generations – with particular attention to those less well-off – considering multiple dimensions of sustainability. For coursework to be relevant for the Certificate in Sustainability, it should mainly relate to the Centre’s primary topic areas including climate policy, energy policy and/or other environmental dimensions of sustainability.

Sample Sustainability Courses

Below are some examples of courses offered by Centre faculty that are relevant for the Certificate. This list is not exhaustive and these courses won't always be available, but this list can give students an idea of what courses may be offered. Please keep in mind that courses do not have to be taught by core faculty of the Centre to be relevant for the certificate.

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