Michigan State University
Entirely Online Professional Certificate
Openings Available for Fall Semester 2015
The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to promote the offering of the Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management for the 2015–2016 academic year. The program can be completed in addition to current degree programs and supplements a wide range of vocations.
The Certificate equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools and conceptual backgrounds to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation projects. As professionals, Certification provides an edge in competing for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon offset investment advising for corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
Participants in the Certificate program learn the scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management affects forest carbon balance, the ins and outs of forest carbon markets, the social context of forest carbon sequestration, and the tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.
Delivered entirely online, the program is geared for participation from anywhere in the world with a highly practical focus closely linked to the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today. Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including current M.S. and Ph.D. students, recent graduates, and working professionals. Participants in the Certificate Program must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.
To earn the Certificate, participants must complete four on-line 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 835 are offered during Fall Semester and FOR 833 and FOR 837 are offered in Spring Semester. Participants may take 1 or 2 courses per semester.
Enrollment is now open for 2015 Fall Semester. Applications received by June 26th 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.
To apply, visit http://admissions.msu.edu/apply.asp and complete the online application. Be sure to select “Graduate Certificate” from the first drop-down menu.