Credits required
18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 18 quarter credits are equal to 12 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
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Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry – Online


This is an 18-credit online graduate certificate program, at the completion of which you receive graduate-level university credits and a certificate from Oregon State.

The certificate aligns with the online Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree program, giving you the option to continue on to the MNR program with the urban forestry certificate credits as your area of emphasis.

Required courses

(14 credits)

  • Urban Forest Planning, Policy, Management (4)
  • Sustainable Natural Resource Development (1)
  • Green Infrastructure (4)
  • Urban Forestry Leadership (2)
  • Urban Forestry Capstone (3)

Elective courses

(4-6 credits total) choose one or two:

  • Ecological Restoration (3)
  • Arboriculture (4)
  • Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
  • Environmental Interpretation (4)
  • Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
  • Environmental Site Planning (3)
  • Geographic Information Systems (4)
  • Ecosystem Services (3)

Additional electives may be substituted upon approval of the Certificate Director.

Transfer credits may be used in accordance with Graduate School policies.

If you are currently an admitted student within this program and need to locate a course or register for a class, please visit the online schedule of classes.

Apply your graduate certificate toward a master’s degree

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

The 18-20 credits you earn in the Certificate program will satisfy your area of emphasis requirement for MNR, and you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with faculty who can potentially serve on your MNR committee
  • 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. 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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