Program Overview

Michigan State University offers a graduate certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management. This is the first program of its kind in the U.S., and the knowledge learned can be applied to carbon mitigation projects in different areas such as governments, corporations, and non-government organizations. Lifelong learners as well as students who hold a bachelor’s degree are welcome to apply to this program. Students can be accepted to this program even if they are pursing a degree at a different institution. Individuals from all background will be considered for admission, as long as they have completed a bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, or a related field.

There are four required courses for this program, worth three credits each: Forest Biogeochemistry and Global Climate Change, Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management, Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance, and Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon. Students who may not have experience in forestry may need to substitute certificate courses with additional coursework or an independent study.

Students will learn about elements related to his field such as forest carbon markets, tools needed in this subject (satellite imagery, remote sensing, integrated carbon sequestration models), and how to manage forests for carbon sequestration.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, or a related field.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, Michigan State University is the first land-grant university in the country and was originally an agricultural college. In 1861, the university changed its name to the State Agricultural College. Throughout the 20th century, the university experienced a time of great expansion. The then agricultural college began to build programs in education, business, medicine and many other areas of study becoming more than just an agricultural institution. In 1964, the university changed its name to its current designation of Michigan State University. 

    Michigan State University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level as well as post-secondary certificates from 17 colleges and schools. Select academic programs are offered partially or totally online while others may be completed at off-campus locations across the state of Michigan.


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