Graduate Certificates

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Take your learning and career further by earning a certificate. Formal classes meet only once a month on weekends; you can earn a certificate in just nine to twelve months or as part of your master’s degree program. Our certificate programs emphasize practical skills, creative design and systemic thinking to advance your employment, your workplace, and your world. Additionally, you can earn the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate.

Current certificate programs include:

 

Graduate Certificate Program Descriptions


Ecological Planning and Design   APPLY

Become skilled at creating sustainable solutions for today’s environmental and social problems. Recommended for natural resource managers, land use and urban planners, policy analysts, environmental consultants, ecological designers and those who work for nonprofits.  Gainful Employment Information

Six Courses/18 Graduate Credits

Choose three of the following courses and complete three electives:

  • Theories and Practices of Social-environmental Change
  • Integrative Environmental Science
  • Economics and the Environment
  • Environmental Policy and Decision-making Processes

 


Integrated Skills for Sustainable Change   APPLY

Strengthen your ability to lead sustainable change in your organization, business, or community. Recommended for managers, consultants, community leaders, and others who want to learn about collaborative and systemic approaches to change. Gainful Employment Information

Six Courses/18 Graduate Credits

  • Communication Design
  • Critical Inquiry
  • Global Pluralism
  • Systemic Thinking for a Changing World
  • Transformative Leadership and Change
  • Sustainability

 


Organizational Dynamics   APPLY

Learn how to use psychological principles to understand and change organizations. Recommended for professionals who work in human resources, organizational development, labor relations, training and executive coaching. Gainful Employment Information

Six Courses/18 Graduate Credits

Choose three of the following courses and complete three electives:

  • Practitioner Development
  • Group Dynamics and Facilitation
  • Intervening in a System
  • Overview of Organizational Dynamics

 


Sustainable Food Systems and Permaculture Design   APPLY

Develop a solid understanding of the social, ecological and political issues of food systems—from soil to plate—and acquire tangible skills to help you design and implement sustainable changes in these systems. Recommended for people working in organic farming, permaculture, ecological agriculture, urban and rural sustainability, community supported agriculture, and food services. Gainful Employment Information

Six Courses/18 Graduate Credits

Complete the following courses and two electives:

  • Theories and Practices of Social-environmental Change
  • Food Systems and Their Alternatives
  • Political Ecology of Eating and Consumption
  • Permaculture and Sustainable Systems Design

 


Systems Thinking and Design   APPLY

Explore the links among things that seem unconnected and then use this holistic understanding to design new and elegant systems to solve the problems of the 21st century. Recommended for big-picture thinkers in businesses, nonprofits, government departments, social service agencies, and other types of organizations. Gainful Employment Information

Six Courses/18 Graduate Credits

Complete the following courses and two electives:

  • Systemic Approach to Leadership
  • Design for Social Innovation
  • Structures of Meaning: Distinctions, Intentions and Outcomes
  • Systemic Change and Persistence