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.

Application​ deadlines

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

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.

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.

View course descriptions.



Required courses

Students must complete the two required courses below, for a total of 6 credit hours.

  • 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.

  • GEOG 5265: Sustainability in Resources Management (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6632: Site Planning (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6686: Special Topics - Landscape Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5130: Collaboration Across Sectors (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5440: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5628: Social Problems & Policies (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5650: Public Service in Emergency Management & Homeland Security (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6250: GIS for Urban Planning (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6510: Energy & Natural Resources Planning (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6549: Environmental Impact Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6650: International Development Planning - Theory & Practice (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

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