Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy and Management at Michigan State University


Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management

Michigan State University, Entirely Online Graduate Courses

Michigan State University Forestry Department is pleased to offer the online Graduate Coursework in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management for the 2017 Fall Semester. Available completely online, and supplementing a wide range of vocations, the courses are ideal for recent graduate, working professionals, and those pursuing advanced degrees. Individuals can take just one course, or earn a Graduate Certificate upon completion of all three required courses in the program.

The Program offers three online courses:

•       Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management (FOR 833) – Spring, 2018

•       Forest Carbon Policy, Economics, and Finance (FOR 835) – Fall, 2017

•       Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon (FOR 837) – Spring, 2017

The program is designed for participation from anywhere in the world, with a highly practical focus on the science, methodologies, and practices used in the field today.  Applicants from a broad range of professional and disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Participants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree.

A Forest Carbon specialization equips participants with the interdisciplinary tools to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate forestry-based climate change mitigation activities. Certification provides professionals a competitive edge when applying for opportunities in forest carbon project development, REDD+ policy, and carbon offset investment advising for corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.

Participants in the Certificate program learn scientific foundations of climate change and forest-climate interactions, how forest management effects forest carbon balance, the role of forests in carbon markets, social context of forest carbon sequestration, and tools for measuring, monitoring, and accounting for forest carbon – including satellite imagery, remote sensing, and integrated carbon sequestration models.

Participants also have access to MSU resources such as remote library materials, GIS training, and journal access. Additionally, all participants maintain access to the program alumni network, which tracks and distributes news on policies and methodologies, facilitates internal networking, and shares research and work opportunities.

For more information, or to discuss partnership programming and additional opportunities visit or contact

MSU Graduate Cert_Forest Carbon_Flyer 2017.pdf


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