The program is comprised of coursework in three integrated, multidisciplinary thematic areas of emphasis: land management, policy analysis and development, and cultural competencies and conflict management. The certificate requires the completion of a minimum of 14 graduate credit hours, and serves to either complement existing professional graduate degrees offered in the Departments of Ecosystem Sciences and Management (TAMU), Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences (TAMU) and Forestry and Environmental Sciences (NCSU) or can be obtained alone.
The certificate program employs full use of cyber-learning strategies to afford the greatest flexibility to prospective students, allowing them to pursue a graduate degree without having to be physically located on-campus. TAMU degrees that can accompany the certificate include: Master in Natural Resource Development, Master in Wildlife Science, and Master in Agriculture in Rangeland Ecology and Management. NCSU degrees that complement the certificate include: Master in Forestry, Master in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Master in Geospatial Information Science and Technology, Master in Natural Resources, and Master in Environmental Assessment.