Unsure about a full masters degree program? Or maybe you would like to take a few courses before you decide? Certificates are one way to earn graduate credit and receive formal recognition for the training in natural resource management you receive without enrolling in a full degree program. We offer three certificate programs for graduate and continuing education credit.

Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources (GCNR)

This 12-credit graduate certificate prepares natural resources, environmental, and sustainability professionals to succeed in a global, transboundary world. All courses are offered online to accommodate busy schedules, and our catalog of courses allows you to focus on your interests, biodiversity to climate change, green infrastructure to urban ecology. It includes 1 required course and 3 electives. The Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management is a good option for professionals seeking credentials in environmental and natural resource management, graduate students in another discipline looking to formalize their knowledge and training in an environmental field, and potential MNR degree students interested in exploring the course work and earning graduate credits before making a decision. An advising appointment is required prior to submitting an application.

Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability (GCGS)

This 9-credit graduate certificate is designed for students and professionals seeking training and experience in international sustainable development, with a particular emphasis on environmental sustainability in emerging economies. Students pursuing this certificate must complete 3 of the 9 credits through participation and completion of one International Field Experience (IFE) as part of NR 5114 Global Issues in Natural Resources.  The six remaining credits must come from completion of two online NR elective courses.  The Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability is a good option for graduate students and professionals looking to gain formal international experience while earning graduate credits. An advising appointment is required prior to submitting an application.

Professional Certificate in International Sustainability Consulting (PCISC)

The Professional Certificate in Global Sustainability Consulting is specially designed for professionals interested in advancing their knowledge and gaining experience in international sustainable development fields without enrolling for graduate credits. This professional certificate, offered in conjunction with Virginia Tech’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education, entails completion of two online courses, participation in an International Consulting Lab (ICL), and independent career planning exercises. This professional certificate is awarded in conjunction with continuing education units issued by Virginia Tech.