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    Sustainable Design Certificate

    Controlling Daylight at Homer Science and Student and Student Life Center.

    Controlling Daylight at Homer Science and Student and Student Life Center. Project: Sacred Heart Schools Homer Science and Student Life Center; Firm: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects. Photos by Tim Griffith

    The BAC's Sustainable Design Certificate is the oldest academic credential in this subject in the United States. It includes a flexible range of courses from the Sustainable Design Institute. 

    The Sustainable Design Certificate Curriculum

    To earn the certificate, students must complete six courses in the program and maintain a cumulative B- average. The Sustainable Design Institute has a breadth of over 30 eight-week, online, graduate-level courses in sustainable design principles and practices. A bachelor's degree is required for enrollment in the certificate program.  Students who do not have a bachelor's degree should contact us.

    Course Requirements


    Registration: Course registration is available via the Self-Service portal. Students who have taken a course at the BAC may already have an active account. Students can contact the IT help desk at 617.585.0191 to retrieve their user name and/or password. If a discount is to be applied or the student is located outside of the United States, registration must be done via phone by calling 617.585.0135. New students should create a new user account.

    Application Requirements: Submission of an application form, current resume, $50.00 USD application fee, statement of purpose (250 words), and prior education. Applicants without a college degree but who possess professional experience are required to speak with a program director prior to application. Supplementary materials are to be submitted to registrar@the-bac.edu.

    Certificate Completion

    Upon completion and receipt of their final grade, students must submit a certificate clearance and request form. Certificates are issued on a monthly basis and will be mailed to the postal address provided on the form.

    More information about admission requirements and tuition.