Online Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management
The Online Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management offers students the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual background to plan, implement, manage and evaluate forestry-based, climate-change mitigation projects. The Certificate program gives students 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 students can complete their training from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
The program teaches students 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 students, 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. 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 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, 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 833 will be offered during Fall Semester 2013 and FOR 835 and FOR 837 will be offered in Spring Semester 2014. 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, and TOEFL scores. 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