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 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
3 per year

Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry – Online


Oregon State University's online Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry covers important aspects of program management, policy development and leadership. The capstone study allows the student to tailor the program to a particular interest within the field. Visit OSU's academic catalog for curriculum details.

Required courses (14 credits)

  • FES 516 – Case Studies in Urban Forestry (1)
  • FES 555 / HORT 555 – Urban Forest Planning, Policy, Management (4)
  • FES 560 – Green Infrastructure (4)
  • FES 565 – Urban Forestry Leadership (2)
  • FES 506 – Urban Forestry Capstone (3)

Elective courses (4 credits)

You must earn at least 4 credits from a collection of program-approved elective courses including these listed below. You can find a complete list of electives on the academic catalog.

  • FES 545 / FW 545 – Ecological Restoration (3)
  • FES 547 / HORT 547 – Arboriculture (4)
  • FES 554 – Managing at the Wildland-Urban Interface (3)
  • FES 585 – Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
  • FW 562 – Ecosystem Services (3)
  • GEOG 551 – Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
  • GEOG 560 – GIScience I: Introduction to Geographic Information Science (4)
  • PS 575 – Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
  • SOC 580 – Environmental Sociology (4)
  • TRAL 593 – Environmental Interpretation (4)

Additional electives may be substituted upon the approval of the urban forestry certificate director, Paul D. Ries. Transfer credits may be used in accordance with Graduate School policies.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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