Graduate Certificate in Environmental Resource Policy

Certificate Overview

The graduate certificate in environmental resource policy helps students develop the skills to design, analyze, implement, and evaluate environmental policy; gain knowledge regarding relevant international, federal, state, and local environmental policies, processes, and tools; understand basic aspects of environmental science and how scientific principles govern the natural behavior of the Earth’s environment; and identify the economic factors that drive the decisions of firms and consumers when it comes to environmentally-relevant behavior. Certificate students may apply to the master of arts in the field of environmental resource policy degree program and, if accepted, may count the 12 credits from the certificate program toward the M.A. degree.


Required Course:

  • PPPA 6006 Policy Analysis

Plus three courses selected from:

  • PPPA 6007 Introductory Microeconomics for Public Policy or ECON 6237 Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • ENRP 6101 Environmental Sciences I: Physical Sciences or ENRP 6102 Environmental Sciences II: Life Sciences
  • PPPA 6066 Environmental Policy or PPPA 6140 Introduction to Environmental Law

If a student can demonstrate, by virtue of prior course work, competency in all of the topics covered by a required course, that student may substitute another graduate course relevant to environmental policy, with the permission of the Environmental Resource Policy Program Director or Director of Graduate Studies.


Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Resource Policy must hold a bachelors degree with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or better.  In addition, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.  GRE scores are not required.

The deadline for students who wish to begin courses in the Fall semester is July 1 while those wishing to begin in the Spring semester must apply by November 1st of the prior year. 

Please see the application steps and application requirements outlined by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences for more information about the application process. 


The tuition and fees for all GW programs are set annually by the GW Board of Trustees. The latest information on tuition and fees is available here. Please, then, follow the link for the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences specific information.