Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Sustainable Management?

A Sustainable Management certificate or degree gives you the business, technical, and environmental knowledge and skills you need to be successful in today's triple bottom line economy. "Triple bottom line" means a consideration of:

  • Vibrant communities (People)
  • A healthy environment (Planet)
  • Strong profitability (Profit)

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For whom is this program intended?

The program is primarily aimed at individuals who are seeking to complete their degree, advance their career, or better lead their organizations as the economy evolves and sustainable business practices become increasingly important. Working parents, professionals, and veterans will find the flexibility inherent in the online nature of the program to be especially convenient. Additionally, because Sustainable Management is more than a business degree, students with a social and/or environmental consciousness often fit well with the program.

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What are the admission requirements?

The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management is a degree completion program designed for students who already have at least 60 college credits or an associate's degree with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA). (Prospective students who do not have an associate's degree can contact one of the participating campuses or UW Colleges to learn more about earning an associate's degree online.)

Admission to the Master of Science in Sustainable Management program requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0. (Students with a GPA less than 3.0 may be considered for a provisional admission. Please connect with Student Services for more information.)

To obtain a Certificate in Sustainable Management, a previous degree is not required. However, some individual courses do require the completion of prerequisites.

While the programs are completed entirely online, applicants must apply to a participating UW campus. In fact, it is recommended that students apply to at least two campuses as credits may transfer differently among campuses. Once your application is received, the campus(es) will review your application and determine credit transfers.

Students then choose a participating UW campus to be their “home campus.” (The home campus will ultimately grant your degree.)

Applications will be accepted three times a year. Students can begin programs in fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Are there any course prerequisites?

Some Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management and Certificate courses have prerequisites. If you have not completed some or all of these prerequisites as part of an associate's degree or prior coursework, you will need to complete them before taking specific courses. UW campus equivalents or other college/university equivalents may be substituted.

  • College Algebra
  • Statistics
  • General Chemistry
  • Introductory Biology
  • Introductory Communications
  • There are no prerequisites for Sustainable Management master’s degree students.

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What are the application requirements?

You must apply to the Sustainable Management program through one of the participating campuses. Bachelor’s degree and Certificate applicants apply to UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, or UW-Superior. Master’s degree applicants apply to UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, or UW-Superior.

Use the Electronic Application for Admission and submit your your $44 application fee (for Bachelor's) or $56 application fee (for Master's), as well as your official college and high school transcripts.

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Do I need to take the ACT, SAT or GRE?

If you have an associate's degree or equivalent coursework, the ACT or SAT is not required for the Bachelor's program. The GRE is not required for the Master's program.

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How do I know whether my credits will transfer?

Courses completed at other colleges or universities that have descriptions closely matching the descriptions of courses taught at the home campus will generally transfer as direct course equivalents.

Once you have submitted your application(s), the respective UW campus(es) will conduct a complete credit evaluation.

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What campuses are offering this degree?

UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior developed the bachelor’s degree program and certificate program in collaboration with UW-Extension. UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, and UW-Superior worked with UW-Extension to establish the master’s program.

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Do I need to choose a home campus?

Yes.

While Sustainable Management students take classes from all partner campuses and complete their programs entirely online, a home campus is required for the application process. Bachelor’s degree and certificate applicants apply to UW-Parkside, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, or UW-Superior. Master’s degree applicants apply to UW-Green Bay, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stout, or UW-Superior.

Having a home campus also grants you access to specific campus resources such as advising, career assistance, libraries, and financial aid offices.

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What is the triple bottom line?

Triple bottom line is the basis of sustainable business management. It stands for the consideration of:

  • Vibrant communities (People)
  • A healthy environment (Planet)
  • Strong profitability (Profit)

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Is this an online program?

The program is completely online. There are no on-campus meetings or requirements. Books and materials are handled through an online bookstore.

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Are there specific enrollment/start times?

You may enter the program at the beginning of any term (fall, spring, or summer).

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Who are the instructors for the program?

Courses in the Sustainable Management programs are taught by faculty from the six participating campuses. Online Sustainable Management courses have exactly the same rigor, requirements, and top-notch faculty as their on-campus counterparts.

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How long does it take to complete a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management degree?

It depends how many courses you take each semester. Twenty, three-credit courses plus a Capstone course are required. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer sessions, so it would be possible to complete the degree in two years, but only if you take full credit loads each semester.

Students are encouraged to consider their own time constraints when considering time to completion. Students with work, family, and volunteer obligations may require a slower pace.

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How long does it take to complete a Master of Science in Sustainable Management degree?

It depends whether you opt for full- or part-time participation in the program. The Master of Science in Sustainable Management consists of eight, three-credit courses, two, three-credit electives, and a four-credit Capstone Experience. A student may take one course a semester or as many as four. Students take these courses in any order, with the exception of the Capstone course, which must be taken at the end of the program. Courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer sessions.

Students are encouraged to consider their own time constraints when considering time to completion. Students with work, family, and volunteer obligations may require a slower pace.

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How long does it take to complete a Certificate in Sustainable Management?

It is generally possible to complete the certificate program within one year. However, based on other work and life commitments, you may choose to take longer.

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How long do I have to earn my degree?

There is no completion deadline. You may take as many semesters as you need to earn your degree.

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Are there benefits for veterans?

Yes, benefits are available for veterans. Contact the Veterans Coordinator at your home campus for detailed information.

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Can I get financial aid?

A variety of financial aid opportunities are available for returning adult students. Contact the Financial Aid Office at your home campus for detailed information.

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What are the tuition and fees?

Tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Management program and Certificate program is $390 per credit. Tuition for the Master of Science in Sustainable Management program is $675 per credit.

All courses are three credits (with the exception of the Capstone preparation course). Textbooks are purchased separately and are not included in tuition. There are no additional course or program fees.

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What subjects will the program cover?

The Sustainable Management programs cover the ways in which natural processes, business structures, and social needs intersect. Subject areas include:

  • Economics of Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Logistics, Supply Chain Management, and Sustainability
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Triple Bottom Line Accounting for Managers

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What courses are required for the bachelor’s degree?

You are required to take each of the 21 courses in the curriculum. There are no electives, and because of the unique nature of the program no other courses may be substituted for courses in the curriculum. A complete course listing is available.

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What courses are required for the master’s degree?

The master’s degree requires 34 credits to complete. All students must take eight core courses, as well as two electives of their choice. Every student must also complete a one-credit Capstone Preparation course as well as a three-credit Capstone Experience. A complete course listing is available.

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Can credits from another institution transfer to be used toward the bachelor’s degree?

Transfer credits can be used to satisfy the first 60 credits, but not for the balance of the degree requirements. The 21 courses are all required; none are electives.

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Are internships a required part of the program?

Students are encouraged to participate in internships that provide opportunities for them to apply what they learn in work or field settings, but no internships are required.

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How can I contact an adviser?

Contact an adviser at 1-877-895-3276 or sustainable@uwex.edu.

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How can I tell whether online learning is right for me?

SmarterMeasure is a free online personal assessment tool that can help gauge whether online learning will be a good fit for you. To take SmarterMeasure, use the username and password provided here:

Username: sustainable
Password: management

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How can I support returning adult students?

To support the Adult Student Scholarship Fund, you can give online at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. Please designate Outreach and E-Learning -- Adult Student Scholarship on the form.

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