Online Forest Carbon Program
MSU‘s growing forest carbon program currently offers the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management and is expanding to offer a Forest Carbon Intensive Short Course in Summer 2016.
The Online Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management offers participants the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual background to plan, implement, manage and evaluate forestry-based, climate-change mitigation projects. The Certificate program gives participants an edge in competing for employment in carbon mitigation projects of corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations. Each of the four courses required to complete the certificate are now available online so participants can complete their training from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
The program teaches participants how forest management actions affect forest carbon balance, the ins and outs of forest carbon markets, the social context of managing forests for carbon sequestration, and the tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.
The program is open to a wide range of participants, including students with a bachelor’s degree who are not enrolled in an M.S. or Ph.D. program, as well as current M.S. and Ph.D. students at MSU and other universities. To be considered for admission into the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management program, applicants should have completed a bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental sciences, or a related field. The program is open to students in any environment-related graduate program at MSU.
Given the need to integrate sustainability and climate change mitigation across all economic sectors, the program will consider applicants from all backgrounds, including those involved in business, law, forestry, natural resources, environmental consulting, and government. Participants without experience in forestry or a related field may need to supplement the certificate courses with independent study or additional coursework. The certification will appear on transcripts of MSU Graduate Students. Participants not enrolled in an MSU graduate degree program will receive an MSU Certificate.
To earn the Certificate, students must complete all of the following courses, which are available online:
- Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change (FOR 831)
- Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833)
- Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835)
- Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837)
FOR 831 and FOR 835 will be offered during Fall Semesters. FOR 833 and FOR 837 will be offered during Spring Semesters. See MSU Schedule of Courses for more detail.
To explore tuition costs, see Student Accounts. Make sure to select the appropriate residency status and then select “Graduate” then scroll down to “Graduate Certification” to get the cost per credit hour. There are a total of 12 credits in the program in 4 3-credit courses. Costs are applied each semester based on the number of credits taken.
Department of Forestry Forest Carbon Graduate Certificate Scholarship
The Department of Forestry is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship support for three (3) incoming 2015–2016 Academic Year participants in the amount of $2000 each. The funds will be distributed on a ‘’per-course’’ basis – meaning that participants will receive one quarter (25%) of the total award in tuition support for each of the Certificate’s four courses.
Certificate-Only Students: If you would like to pursue the Certificate without earning a M.S. or Ph.D. through MSU, you still need to apply through the MSU Admissions office. Domestic students will need to provide official transcripts, whereas international students will need to provide official transcripts and TOEFL scores. GRE scores are not required for the Certificate alone. Visit the Apply Now page for full instructions, or go directly to http://admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp to complete the online application.
Enrollment is now open for 2015 Fall Semester. Applications received by July 10th will be given full consideration. U.S. domestic individuals must complete the application and deliver transcripts; international individuals must complete the application, deliver transcripts, and submit TOEFL scores. Additionally, all applicants must pay the application fee.
The Forest Carbon Certificate is supported with instruction and advisory oversight from:
- David Rothstein, Ph.D.
- Dave Skole, Ph.D.
- Runsheng Yin, Ph.D.
- Larry Leefers, Ph.D.
- Maureen McDonough, Ph.D.
If you have questions about the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management, please contact Lauren Cooper:
Academic Specialist/Forest Carbon Certificate Program Coordinator
121 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
480 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824