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Make a Difference with the Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility

The Wisconsin School of Business Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility (BESR) is designed for UW–Madison graduate students who want to broaden their understanding of sustainable business practices. This certificate provides the real-world skills and knowledge needed to manage enterprises that integrate economic, environmental, and social decision-making in their daily operations.

Get a Competitive Edge in Your Chosen Field

With sustainability increasingly becoming a mainstream business focus, UW–Madison graduates who earn the Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility have a competitive advantage in securing positions in a variety of fields, including:

  • Consulting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Accounting and Sustainability Reporting
  • Supply Chain Management & Operations
  • Finance and Impact Investing
  • Sustainable Real Estate Development
  • Public Policy
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Project Management

Upon successful completion of all BESR Certificate requirements prior to or concurrently with degree requirements, “Awarded Certificate in Business, Environment,and Social Responsibility” will be listed on your official transcripts.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Business, Environment, and Social Responsibility curriculum consists of at least 12 credits encompassing foundational and advanced business sustainability coursework, as well as electives that you may choose based on your career path.

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How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. As soon as you are ready, we encourage you to apply.

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