Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management

Entirely Online Professional Certificate

August 17 - May 30, 2018 Host Michigan State University Department of Forestry Location Online Online United States

Michigan State University Forestry Department is pleased to offer the online Graduate Coursework in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management for the 2017 Fall Semester. Available completely online, and supplementing a wide range of vocations, the courses are ideal for recent graduate, working professionals, and those pursuing advanced degrees. Individuals can take just one course, or earn a Graduate Certificate upon completion of all three required courses in the program.

The Program offers three online courses:

  • Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management
  • Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance 
  • Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon

 

 

The program is designed for participation from anywhere in the world, with a highly practical focus on the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today.  Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Participants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree. 

A Forest Carbon specialization equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation activities. Certification provides professionals a competitive edge when applying 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 scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management effects forest carbon balance, the role of forests in carbon markets, social context of forest carbon sequestration, and tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.

Participants also have access to MSU resources such as remote library materials, GIS training, and journal access. Additionally, all participants maintain access to the program alumni network, which tracks and distributes news on policies and methodologies, facilitates internal networking, and shares research and work opportunities.

 

For more information, or to discuss partnership programming and additional opportunities visit www.for.msu.edu/forestcarbon or contact forestc@msu.edu.  

 

Opportunity for Sponsors 

The MSU Department of Forestry is currently seeking partners or sponsors to provide direct funding to students. As a non-traditional program, access to funding can be especially difficult for both domestic and international students. Because of the importance of educated professionals in ensuring the highest quality projects and policies possible, providing assistance can support education activities to improve the level of expertise as soon as possible.

Once students have completed the certification, they maintain access to the program alumni network, which tracks and distributes news on policies and methodologies, facilitates internal networking, and shares research and work opportunities.

We have many creative options, including sponsoring a single student for one semester, more elaborate multi-year support, or hosting a recent graduate with a paid internship. Please contact Lauren Cooper at ltcooper@msu.edu to discuss possible arrangements.

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