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.
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


The online urban forestry graduate certificate leverages the expertise of many Oregon State University faculty members in diverse disciplines. OSU faculty will prepare you to handle a broad range of urban forest management issues.

Program leader

Paul D. Ries, Ed.D.

Paul D. Ries, MS, program leader-Oregon State University Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry programPaul has over 30 years of urban forestry experience at the local, state, national, international, non-profit, and academic levels. He was the 2011 recipient of the OSU Vice Provost's Award for Excellence in Innovation - Online Credit Teaching for his teaching efforts at OSU.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture, a worldwide professional association of arborists and urban foresters. In 2006, Paul received the President's Award from the Society of Municipal Arborists for his work as the curriculum chair for the innovative Municipal Forestry Institute. He is a past president of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Additional instructors

Badege Bishaw, Ph.D.
Director of the Master of Natural Resources program
Area of expertise - agroforestry, social forestry, silviculture

John Bliss, PhD
Professor, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Area of expertise - private forest policy, forest-based rural development

Sandra DeBano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Wildlife
Area of expertise - ecosystem services

Mark Reed, M.A.
Instructor, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Area of expertise - forest ecosystems and society

Bruce Shindler, Ph.D.
Professor, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Area of expertise - social aspects of natural resources

David Stemper, M.A.
Instructor, Forest Ecosystems and Society
Area of expertise - environmental interpretation

Jenna Tilt, Ph.D.
Instructor, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science
Area of expertise - land use planning, urban forestry


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