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GCGS Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability (GCGS) is a 9-credit certificate program offering students an opportunity to gain valuable international experience and awareness while earning graduate credentials from Virginia Tech. With all courses offered virtually, the GCGS is ideal for students from all professions and disciplines, and from around the world, looking to gain experience in global sustainable development.

How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

GCGS Admission Requirements

Students can apply for the Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability (GCGS) as a degree-seeking student or non-degree Commonwealth Campus student at Virginia Tech, or as a visiting student from another institution. If you are not currently enrolled as a graduate student you must apply for graduate admission through the Virginia Tech Graduate School as a Graduate Certificate status applicant. Requirements for admission include:

  • Completed undergraduate degree
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Current resume/ CV
  • Personal goal statement
  • Completed application
  • No GRE required; TOEFL may be required for international students

Course Requirements

The GCGS can be completed in a single academic term or over the course of several semesters. A defining element of the certificate program is participating in a Global Study through the required NR 5114 Global Issues in Natural Resources course. All NR courses are offered 100% online.

 Required coursework:
  • NR 5114 Global Issue in NR (with IFE) - 3 hours
  • NR Elective - 3 hours
  • NR Elective - 3 hours
As part of our mission to build leadership for global sustainability, Global Study allows students to explore challenges to sustainable development and the innovative cross-boundary strategies being developed to address these challenges. Global Study consists of a 10-day face-to-face team experience in the region of focus, with remaining project work conducted virtually. Global Study provides students with an opportunity to travel, gaining valuable real-world international and cross-cultural experience. Upcoming IFEs are scheduled for:
  • Cuba (Fall 2019)
  • China (Spring 2020)
  • Croatia (Summer 2020)
  • Morocco (Fall 2020)
  • India (Spring 2021)
  • South Africa (Summer 2021)
  • Cuba (Fall 2021)