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Getting Through the Program—Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy

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Overview

The online Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy offers an excellent opportunity to achieve advanced knowledge and professional certification in the formulation and implementation of policies that achieve sustainable operations. It gives students a foundation in public policy and the environment while introducing students to environmental issues of local, state, regional, national, and global concern. 

A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement for those considering application to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. In addition, each class counted towards the graduate certificate will be accepted into the MPP program (for certificate holders who apply and are accepted into the MPP program) so long as the student earned a 3.0 (B average) or higher in the course.

View the video overview of the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy, explaining the program and highlighting the website resources.

All applicants to the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy must fulfill the program's Admissions requirements. The links provided describe in detail what applicants must do and provide in order to be admitted into the program.


Goals

The Certificate in Environmental Policy introduces students to environmental issues of local, state, regional, national, and global concern and strives:

  • To provide an understanding of the major ecological issues
  • To develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills with an emphasis on policy analysis
  • To foster the development and implementation of environmentally sound policies and practices

Successful completion of the certificate should enhance a student's current career or aid in the development of new job skills. 


Curriculum

Courses in Environmental Policy further students' critical analysis skills through combined study of ecological issues and equitable policy practices.

Two (2) Required Courses:

POL 500 - Public Institutions and the Policy Process

POL 562 - Environmental Policy

Choose two (2) electives from the following list: 

POL 560 - Environmental Consequences of Globalization

POL 611 - Administrative Law

POL 661 - Environmental Law

POL 663 - Ocean Policy and Law

* Note on POL611 Administrative Law: Certificate students wishing to apply to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program beginning Fall 2014 and after completion of the certificate must apply this course to the core course requirements of the MPP. This will necessitate students taking another concentration course in order to satisfy the MPP requirements. For more information please see here.

To view all course descriptions, visit our course catalog. Students can complete the certificate online within two semesters.

Examples of detailed lectures and syllabi for certain courses in the environmental policy program/concentration can be viewed here.


Schedule of Course Offerings

Fall:

  • POL 500 Public Institutions & the Policy Process
  • POL 663 Ocean Policy and Law
  • Sometimes POL 560 Environmental Consequences of Globalization

Winter:

  • POL 611 Administrative Law

Spring:

  • POL 500 Public Institutions & the Policy Process
  • POL 562 Environmental Policy
  • POL 661 Environmental Law (or POL 560 Environmental Consequences of Globalization)

Summer:

  • POL 611 Administrative Law
  • Sometimes POL 661 Environmental Law

Attention StudentsCourse offering schedules are subject to change, and in such cases this information will be updated. Any changes in schedule will respect the commitment that a student can complete the certificate in two semesters. Please refer to the COIN management system or University Extension for information on upcoming courses.


Advisement

General advising information can be found on the department's advisement page.

Students matriculating into the graduate certificate in environmental policy have options in how they combine the two elective courses in the certificate program to create a particular "track" or "emphasis" in environmental policy based on current course offerings. Below are examples of how courses can be combined to achieve an emphasis in a particular area:

Frameworks of Environmental Law & Policy

  • POL 500 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 562 (Offered every Spring semester only)
  • POL 611 (Winter or "Maymester" 3-week sessions)
  • POL 661 (Generally offered every Spring semester, and sometimes during Summer intersession)

Ocean Law & Policy

  • POL 500 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 562 (Offered every Spring semester only)
  • POL 611 (Winter or "Maymester" 3-week sessions)
  • POL 663 (Offered every Fall semester only)

Globalization

  • POL 500 (Generally offered both Fall and Spring semesters)
  • POL 562 (Offered every Spring semester only)
  • POL 560 (Either offered in the Fall or Spring semesters, generally never both semesters consecutively)
  • POL 661 (Generally offered every Spring semester, and sometimes during Summer intersession)

Students are free to choose any combination of elective courses to complete their certificate requirements.

* Note: Certificate students wishing to apply to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program beginning Fall 2014 and after completion of the certificate must apply POL 611 (Administrative Law) to the core course requirements of the MPP. This will necessitate students taking another concentration course in order to satisfy the MPP requirements. For more information please see here.


Applying for Graduation

When students are close to completing their studies and plan to graduate, they will need to declare their intention to graduate. They do so by contacting the UMass Dartmouth Registrar's Office. For any questions about the graduation process, please contact the Registrar's Office at registrar@umassd.edu.


Connection to Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program

A completed graduate certificate waives the GRE requirement for those considering application to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program. In addition, each class counted towards the graduate certificate will be accepted into the MPP program (for certificate holders who apply and are accepted into the MPP program) so long as the student earned a 3.0 (B average) or higher in the course.

Students successfully completing the graduate certificate in environmental policy who wish to apply to the MPP program are expected to achieve a B (3.0) or higher in each of the four (4) courses taken to comprise the graduate certificate program. Students who fail to meet this minimum requirement are unlikely to be admitted to the MPP program.


Contact Us

For additional information concerning the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy, please contact the program faculty advisor:

Professor Chad McGuire
cmcguire@umassd.edu

 

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