Certificate in Environmental Resource Policy


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Expand Your Knowledge

This overview of central concepts in environmental resource policy provides a focused experience to prepare you for or help you advance your career in the field. Some students seek this graduate certificate as a way to learn more without committing to a masters degree program. Other students begin in the certificate program and use it to launch into an MA in environmental resource policy or and MPP with an environmental policy concentration.

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Four Classes, Several Possibilities

Beyond the required Policy Analysis course, you choose three other courses to help you design, analyze, implement, and evaluate environmental policy; gain knowledge regarding relevant international, federal, state, and local environmental policies, processes, and tools; understand basic aspects of environmental science and how scientific principles govern the natural behavior of the Earth’s environment; and identify the economic factors that drive the decisions of firms and consumers when it comes to environmentally-relevant behavior. 


Required Course:

PPPA 6006 Policy Analysis

Plus three courses selected from:

  • PPPA 6007 Introductory Microeconomics for Public Policy or ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • ENRP 6101 Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences or ENRP 6102 Environmental Sciences II: Life Sciences
  • PPPA 6066 Environmental Policy or PPPA 6140 Introduction to Environmental Law

If a student can demonstrate, by virtue of prior course work, competency in all of the topics covered by a required course, that student may substitute another graduate course relevant to environmental policy, with the permission of the Environmental Resource Policy Program Director or Director of Graduate Studies.

Admission to the Certificate Program

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Resource Policy must hold a bachelors degree with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.  In addition, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. GRE scores are not required.

The deadline for students who wish to begin courses in the Fall semester is July 1 while those wishing to begin in the Spring semester must apply by October 1st of the prior year.

Relation to the Masters Programs

If you begin the certificate and decide to apply to the MA-ENRP or MPP degree program, you must apply by the posted deadline and meet the admissions requirements of the program. Up to nine credits of your certificate coursework taken prior to admission to a degree program will be accepted in the master’s program within two years of completing the course and if a grade of B or better has been earned in the course. If you’d like to have all 12 credits apply toward a degree, you need to apply and gain admission to the degree before registering for your fourth course. 

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