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Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management is an online program offered through the Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) with the Department of Forestry. The Certificate is designed to enhance understanding and implementation of climate-smart forest management, which inextricably links climate change mitigation and adaptation. Learners will complete three courses: 1) Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management, 2) Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon, and 3) Forest Carbon Policy, Economics and Finance. These courses can be completed in any order and build a robust understanding of forest carbon science, methodologies, and practices being used in the field today.

The Graduate Certificate is open to a wide range of participants, including recent graduates, those enrolled in an MS or PhD program, recent graduates, and lifelong learners. The only requirement for admission is completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year program. While a background in forestry, natural resources, environmental sciences, or a related field is favorable, resources will be made available to accommodate those with a limited scientific background.

Program Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate equips participants with a practical set of interdisciplinary tools and the conceptual background to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation projects. 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.

Career Outlook

Certification will provide an edge for those competing for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon offset investment advising for corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations. Participants of the Graduate Certificate include current graduate students, early professionals, and mid- to upper-level professionals. Participants will be connected to an alumni network through our online FCCP Community, where they can access job alerts, emerging news/publications, and connect with their peers and the FCCP.



  • FOR 833Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management3 Credits
  • FOR 835Forest Carbon Policy, Economics and Finance3 Credits
  • FOR 837Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. Previous work experience


  3. Taken the TOEFL

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 5351)
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Key Dates

Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $6,800
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $8,714
  • Total


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