Graduate Certificate Program
We also offer a graduate certificate program in Environmental Assessment which provides students and professionals the opportunity to develop recognized academic credentials and advanced expertise in Environmental Assessment. The certificate program provides excellent opportunities for practicing environmental professionals to stay abreast of new technologies and current government regulations. The Certificate is NOT a Masters Degree. Individuals who already have a Masters Degree who may want to update their skills or those who want to broaden their knowledge may be interested in the Certificate Program.
Admission to the certificate program requires proof of completion of a Bachelor’s degree in an environmental, science, natural resources or related degree. Experience in the environmental field may be substituted for students with a Bachelors degree in an unrelated field.
In order to obtain the certificate, individuals would be required to complete 12 credit hours of course work from the required course listing. Students would choose and complete four of the five required courses. Students can proceed at their own pace and may register for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. The certificate must be completed within 4 calendar years from the date the student starts the first course.
Awarding of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better in all of the required courses. All grades on courses taken towards the certificate program in courses numbered 400 and above are included in the GPA. The minimum grade received in any course can be no lower than a C-.
Admission to the certificate program does not imply admission to the degree program. Students in the certificate program are classified as non-degree-seeking. Grades earned as a NDS student will go toward the student's NC State University grade point average. This certificate program does not meet the requirements for a full degree but in some instances successfully completed courses in the certificate can be applied toward a degree.
For more information on the certificate program, contact Linda R. Taylor
For those interested in just taking individual courses without enrolling in a degree program, you must enroll as a Non-degree Studies (NDS) Student. Individuals must complete the online NDS Application and pay a $25.00 non-refundable NDS application processing fee. NDS students who have earned a bachelor's degree are classified as Post-Baccalureate Studies (PBS) students. Enrolling as a PBS student is an excellent way to expand your knowledge in a particular field.
Online NDS Application