Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

This certificate provides you with an understanding of how our natural environment is governed and affected by relationships between various entities, including legislatures, administrative agencies, courts, governments, nonprofits, the private sector and the public.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

Students interested in obtaining a concentration in Environmental Policy and Management within the Master of Public Administration program must apply and enroll in the MPA program within the School of Public Affairs and adhere to all master's degree program requirements.

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Program requirements

  • The Graduate Environmental Policy and Management Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework.
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

Required courses

Students must complete the two required courses below, for a total of 6 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

  • PUAD 5631 - Seminar in Environmental Politics and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5632 - Seminar in Environmental Management (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses, students must complete two elective courses, for a total of 6 credit hours. Students may choose from the list below, or choose other elective courses that have been approved by the program director. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

  • COMM 5620 - Health Risk Communication (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 5530 - Form and Formation of Cities (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6686 - Special Topics: Landscape Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5410 - Administrative Law (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5420 - Law and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5628 - Social Problems and Policies (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5644 - Environmental and Hazards Law (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5650 - Public Service in Emergency Management andHomeland Security (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5740 - Sustainable Energy Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 6600 - Special Topics: Public Administration (Environmental Justice and Crime) (3 credit hours)

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Max Transfer Credits:0

Max Credits Per Year:In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean.

Required Credits for Completion:12 Credits

Admission Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.

Application​ deadlines

Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1