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Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems Graduate Certificate

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  • Format

    Online for 2021–2022

  • Average Course Tuition


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

Learn to develop policies, use tools, and apply models that ensure stewardship of natural resources and ecosystems for future generations.

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.

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

Earning Your 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.

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)

Ready to take the next step?

You can enroll in your first course in the:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Search For Courses

To find courses that apply toward the certificate use DCE Course Search and Registration:

  • Scroll through the search filters to “Courses in a Graduate Certificate.”
  • Choose “Natural Resource Management and Sustainable Ecosystems Certificate” to explore program courses.


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

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course ($745 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $11,920