How to Apply

Thank you for taking your first step to complete the Leaders in Sustainability Program. In this document we describe program requirements. Then you'll need to complete our online application. For students ready to graduate online forms to petition to certify completion of the program can also be found here.

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Program requirements

Students are encouraged to register for the program early during their graduate studies and participate actively in courses and events throughout their time at UCLA. However, students can enroll for the emphasis at any time during their graduate studies and qualifying courses taken at UCLA can count towards the requirements of the program.

This certificate program is meant to supplement the existing graduate school programs. No separate degree program is proposed, although the program is now a recognized UCLA certificate program, and an official certificate of completion of the emphasis requirements will be provided. The requirements for successful completion of the program are:

  • All students must take the LiS core course plus at least 3 other graduate level (200 and above) sustainability-related courses; of the latter, at least 1 must be outside the home department. These courses must be letter-graded.
  • All students will participate in a “core" course on sustainability offered by the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability during winter quarter (Tuesdays 4-7pm). This course counts as one of the 4 courses required for the program. This course will include a module on leadership skills.
  • All students will participate actively in relevant events organized by the IoES and the Sustainable Resource Center, including seminars, conferences, etc.

Show your leadership

All students will demonstrate leadership on a project related to sustainability. Students may work individually or collaborate with other LiS students, ideally from other disciplines and departments. These projects may originate as part of the students' regular graduation requirements. However, the LiS leadership requirement must be something above and beyond already requirements for a student's degree. For example, research alone does not fulfill the requirement, but going a step further and using research to promote policy does. Students must demonstrate the outcomes and impacts of their leadership. The faculty will try to identify suitable projects but teams may also identify their own projects, subject to the Director's approval.

Students who are interested in sustainability but unable to complete all the requirements, for instance due to restrictions from their home departments on the number of out-of-department courses they can take, are welcome to participate in as much of the Leaders in Sustainability program as they can.

New Students

Register for the program by filling out our online application.

Petition to Graduate

  • Petition to graduate. Date TBA


LiS Application Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Leaders in Sustainability Petition to Graduate

LiS Petition to Graduate Spring 2016

Deadline May 1, 2016.

Student Coordinator

Ariana Vito
Ariana Vito

Student Coordinator, LiS Program

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For more information please contact

Natalie M. Garrett
ESE/LiS Program Administrator