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Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems Graduate Certificate

Gain a deeper understanding of the impact that population growth and climate change is placing on food supply, resources, and land.

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    No Application Required

  • Format

    Online and On Campus Options

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What You'll Learn

  • Understand and apply the economics of population growth, poverty and income distribution, market failures, economic valuation, economic incentive instruments, food and water resources, international agricultural markets, fisheries, and wildlife conservation.
  • Evaluate environmental ethics of game and wildlife management, natural resource use, water management, biological diversity, fisheries, ocean protection, and agricultural production.
  • Leverage scientific research, communication, and modeling techniques, including statistical analysis of ecological and environmental data, and systems dynamics modeling.
  • Strategically examine issues related to climate change, human population dynamics, population viability analysis of endangered species, and economic appraisal of projects that affect natural resource.

Our Community at a Glance

In this program, you will learn to evaluate and design practices, technologies, and systems that bring sustainable solutions to communities and organizations.

  • 35

    Average Age

  • 80%

    Working Full Time

  • 24%

    Students Outside the U.S.

  • 1.5 years

    Average Time to Complete

Certificate Courses

The professional graduate certificate in Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems requires four courses:

  • Certificate core courses (choose at least 2 courses; you may select up to 4 courses)
  • Certificate electives (formerly knowledge courses) (you may select up to 2 courses; however, elective courses are not required for this certificate)

Search for Courses

You can browse courses by term — fall, spring, or summer — in the DCE Course Search & Registration platform.

Upcoming Term: Fall 2024

Fall course registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. ET. Learn more about how to register

Earning Your Certificate

Most of our certificates can be completed online and no formal application process is required to pursue a certificate.

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Stack Your Certificate Into a Degree

Stackable credential pathways allow you to earn multiple credentials by completing courses that meet overlapping requirements. In the short term, you can earn your natural resource management and sustainable ecosystems certificate. Once completed, those four courses put you a third of the way toward earning a master’s degree in sustainability.

This stackable pathway offers an efficient, cost-effective way to earn short-term credentials to help fill immediate skill gaps and acquire specialized knowledge while building a foundation for long-term success that showcases your expertise in the field.

Learn how to plan a stackable credential pathway.


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $3,340 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $13,360