Certificate Programs

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 NR 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 is designed for students and professional seeking graduate-level education and training in environmental and natural resource management. Students pursuing this certificate must complete 9 of the 12 credits with courses offered as part of the MNR degree program, including Conservation Ecology (NR 5724). 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.

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 Experiences as part of NR 5114 Global Issues in Natural Resources (required course for the MNR degree).  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.

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 Field Experience, and independent career planning exercises. This professional certificate is awarded in conjunction with continuing education units issued by Virginia Tech.