Graduate Certificate in Forests and Climate Change – Online

Earning a Graduate Certificate in Forests and Climate Change online from Oregon State University will enable you to make informed decisions about managing forests in an era of climate change.

This 19-credit certificate is designed to train working professionals – mid-career, company, industry and agency employees – who want more experience in natural resources management and climate change. The flexible online format allows you to maintain your career focus while taking classes to improve your academic credentials.

Completing the forests and climate change certificate is a significant step toward a master’s degree in OSU's Master of Natural Resources online program.

Join a world-class institution

Oregon State's College of Forestry has been educating professionals like you for more than a century and has a reputation as a center for teaching and learning about forests and related resources. OSU is home to multiple climate change centers, programs and projects that are supported by agencies such as NOAA, NSF and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Oregon State is also recognized as one of the world’s top universities for forestry, ranking ninth in a 2015 international survey of more than 3,000 universities.

Dr. Badege Bishaw (Oregon State University)

Meet the program director

The program director is Dr. Badege Bishaw, who specializes in a agroforestry, social forestry, silviculture and international forestry. Dr. Bishaw is also the director of Oregon State's online Master of Natural Resources program and the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources.

Benefits of an Oregon State University online program

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's world-class faculty, who are known for their research, expertise and innovation in forestry and natural resources.
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Students who study online receive the same credits as on-campus students, and credits transfer to most higher education institutions.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked as one of the nation's best providers of online education.
  • Students can complete their courses from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

Apply your graduate certificate toward a master’s degree

The specialized knowledge you gain through the forests and climate change graduate certificate program can serve as a pathway to Oregon State’s 45-credit Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program online.

The 18 credits you earn will satisfy your area of emphasis requirement for MNR, and you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with faculty who can potentially serve as your MNR advisor
  • Bypass the GRE requirement for MNR admission
  • Apply for a change of degree at no cost
  • Smoothly transition into the MNR program as a currently admitted student
  • Meet the preferred requirement for natural resources-related work or volunteer experience

Please note: It’s important that you apply to change your degree program to MNR while you’re a current student in good standing in your graduate certificate program. Visit the Master of Natural Resources admissions page for details.

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