Credits required
21 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 21 quarter credits are equal to 14 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$571 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Delivery
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
3 per year

Graduate Certificate in Forests and Climate Change – Online

How does a changing climate impact forest ecosystems?

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 21-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.

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 in the top 20 in a 2021 international survey of more than 3,000 universities.

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 institutionally 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.

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 21 credits you earn may 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
  • 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

Students planning to use credits from a graduate certificate towards a master’s degree should discuss transfer credit policies with an advisor in advance.

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. It is also important that you wait to take MNR core classes until after you apply to change your degree program to MNR. Visit the Master of Natural Resources admissions page for details.

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