Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management
The Department of Forestry is pleased to announce a new Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management, beginning in Fall 2012. The Forest Carbon Certificate program, the first of its kind in the US, offers students the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual background to plan, implement, manage and evaluate forestry-based, climate-change mitigation projects. The certification will give students an edge in competing for employment in carbon mitigation projects of corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
The program is open to a wide range of students, including students with a bachelor’s degree who are not enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program, as well as current master’s and doctoral students at MSU and other universities. 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. Students 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 the transcripts of MSU Graduate Students. Students 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:
- 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 833 will be offered during fall semester 2012 and FOR 835 and FOR 837 will be offered in spring semester 2013. See MSU Schedule of Courses for more detail. These courses will follow a similar schedule in future years.
Certificate-Only Students: If you would like to pursue the Certificate without earning a M.S. or Ph.D. through MSU, you will still need to apply through the MSU Admissions office. Visit http://admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp to complete the online application. Be sure to select “Graduate Certificate” from the first drop-down menu. Domestic students will need to provide official transcripts, whereas international students will need to provide official transcripts, TOEFL scores and an affidavit of financial support. GRE scores are not required for the Certificate alone.
MSU-Degree Students: Students who are currently enrolled, or are already applying to, a M.S. or Ph.D. degree program at MSU do not need to complete a separate application for the Certificate program.
If you have questions about the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management, please contact Dr. David Rothstein, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology/Biogeochemistry.
Dr. David Rothstein
126 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
480 Wilson Road
East Lansing, MI 48824