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Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management

Program Overview

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.

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.

Review CU Denver's Academic Policies.

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)
  • GEOG 5230 - Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5265 - Sustainability in Resources Management (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5440 - Science, Policy and the Environment (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5680 - Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5720 - Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 5530 - City Design Fundamentals (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6630 - Site, Society and Environment (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6632 - Site Planning (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6686 - Special Topics: Landscape Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5271 - Managing Conflict and Change (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5410 - Administrative Law (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5420 - Law and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5440 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (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 and Homeland Security (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5720 - Public Policies for Hazards and Disasters (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5740 - Sustainable Energy Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 6600 - Special Topics: Public Administration (Environmental Justice and Crime) (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6250 - GIS for Urban Planning (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6500 - Environmental Planning/Management (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6505 - Enviro. Policy & Regulation (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6510 - Energy/Natural Res. Planning (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6548 - Defining & Measuring Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6549 - Environmental Impact Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6555 - Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6600 - Regional Growth and Equity (3 credit hours)
Program Description

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.

Review CU Denver's Academic Policies.

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)
  • GEOG 5230 - Hazard Mitigation and Vulnerability Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5265 - Sustainability in Resources Management (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5440 - Science, Policy and the Environment (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5680 - Urban Sustainability: Perspectives and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • GEOG 5720 - Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Solutions (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 5530 - City Design Fundamentals (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6630 - Site, Society and Environment (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6632 - Site Planning (3 credit hours)
  • LDAR 6686 - Special Topics: Landscape Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5271 - Managing Conflict and Change (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5410 - Administrative Law (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5420 - Law and Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5440 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (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 and Homeland Security (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5720 - Public Policies for Hazards and Disasters (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5740 - Sustainable Energy Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 6600 - Special Topics: Public Administration (Environmental Justice and Crime) (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6250 - GIS for Urban Planning (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6500 - Environmental Planning/Management (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6505 - Enviro. Policy & Regulation (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6510 - Energy/Natural Res. Planning (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6548 - Defining & Measuring Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6549 - Environmental Impact Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6555 - Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment (3 credit hours)
  • URPL 6600 - Regional Growth and Equity (3 credit hours)

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