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School of Environment and Natural Resources



Certificate in Environmental Assessment

The Certificate in Environmental Assessment is a 12-credit program to prepare current and future professionals in the fundamentals of environmental assessment, which is the assessment of the environmental consequences of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action. Environmental assessment is a tool for decision-makers in the United States and around the world, and this field of professional practice is ubiquitous in the development and sustainability fields in which countries and international financial institutions participate world-wide.

This certificate provides a credential reflecting completion of a series of multidisciplinary courses in a highly sought-after field of professional practice. Those completing the certificate will be equipped with specialized knowledge to build competency and increase their employability in governmental agencies, consulting firms, civil society organizations, and multinational corporations.


The certificate is a 4-course, 12-credit program that can be completed fully online, fully in person, or as a combination. Students in the certificate program will take the following courses:

Online program availability may vary by state. For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit 


Admission requirements include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Applicants must submit a current résumé or CV and a personal statement articulating how the certificate is consistent with the applicant’s professional and career goals. Students from international undergraduate institutions are recommended to score at least a 79 in the TOEFL iBT. Transcripts are required from all applicants.

To apply, visit the graduate admissions website under “Environment and Natural Resources” and choose “Certificate in Environmental Assessment.”