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Applied Global Stability Graduate Certificate

12
Credits to Earn Your Certificate
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Certificate Overview Open Accordion
online sustainability training

Sustainability training for community development workers

Efforts to improve standards of living in communities around the world — especially those in developing countries — can benefit substantially from knowledge of sustainable management and use of resources. Whether you are employed by a non-governmental organization, the Department of Defense, or another entity, Colorado State University's graduate certificates in applied global stability will build your capacity to implement environmentally sustainable practices.

Choose from three topic areas

Offered by CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES), courses in these programs are taught by experts in environmental science and agriculture. Certificates are available in three topic areas: agriculture, natural resources, and water resources.

The courses teach practical skills that immediately can be applied to improve social, economic, infrastructure, and environmental sustainability.

Completing any of the three graduate certificates in applied global stability will enable you to:

  • Place your work and discipline within the context of global sustainability.
  • Better address interactions among agriculture, water, and other natural resources.
  • Understand how social and cultural factors affect what different populations consider to be sustainable, and how scientific, sociological, and economic factors affect potential mechanisms to achieve sustainability

Who will benefit from earning these certificates?

These programs are designed for senior non-commissioned officers and mid-career officers in special operations and civil affairs units, others employed by the Department of Defense, US Agency for International Development, or Peace Corps, and other professionals who seek to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Most students work in the field to improving people's lives through the development of sustainable environmental practices.

Students should be comfortable with independent work and have an academic or professional background in topic areas related to these certificates.

Agriculture Open Accordion

Agriculture Certificate

The graduate certificate: Applied Global Stability: Agriculture concentrates on sustainable agriculture, urban horticulture, animal husbandry, food systems, and bioenergy.

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official university transcript.

Required course

If you previously completed GES 520 for a different graduate certificate, you may substitute another School of Global Environmental Sustainability-endorsed graduate course chosen in consultation with the certificate advisor.

Select 9 credits from the following 3-credit courses:

Note: This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may count toward only one certificate.

Additional courses may be listed in the catalog for this certificate, but may only be available on-campus.

Natural Resources Open Accordion

Natural Resources Certificate

The graduate certificate: Applied Global Stability: Natural Resources focuses on military lands management, natural resources policy, and sustainable infrastructure.

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official university transcript.

Required course

If you have previously completed GES 520 for a different graduate certificate, you may substitute another School of Global Environmental Sustainability-endorsed graduate course chosen in consultation with the certificate advisor.

Select 9 credits from the following 3-credit courses:

Note: This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may count toward only one certificate.

Additional courses may be listed in the catalog for this certificate, but may only be available on-campus.

If you plan to take any combination of NR 550, NR 551, NR 552, and NR 553, you may be interested in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Military Lands Management.

Water Resources Open Accordion

Water Resources Certificate

The graduate certificate: Applied Global Stability: Water Resources concentrates on water resources planning and management, engineering hydrology, and irrigation systems.

Several of the engineering courses below require a background in hydrology (CIVE 322 Basic Hydrology) and fluid mechanics (CIVE 300 Fluid Mechanics). Students are expected to have completed the appropriate course prerequisites, including calculus, ordinary differential equations, calculus-based physics, and engineering statics. Please contact the instructor if you have questions about whether your previous training is sufficient for you to succeed in this certificate program.

Courses that do not require prerequisites include: CIVE 574 Civil Engineering Project Management, CIVE 576 Engineering Applications of GIS and GPS; WR 511 Water Resource Development; WR 512 Water Law for Non-Lawyers.

You must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official university transcript.

Required course

If you have previously completed GES 520 for a different graduate certificate, you may substitute another School of Global Environmental Sustainability-endorsed graduate course chosen in consultation with the certificate advisor.

Select 9 credits from the following 3-credit courses:

Note: This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may count toward only one certificate. Credit only allowed for CIVE 544 or WR 511, not both.

Additional courses may be listed in the catalog for this certificate, but may only be available on-campus.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed as they are received. You can expect to be notified of your application status within two weeks of submitting all application materials.

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester December 15
Summer semester April 15

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • Completion of bachelor's degree
  • Priority admission to the certificate will be given to Senior NCOs and mid-career officers in the Special Operations and Civil Affairs communities, as well as other Department of Defense, USAID, Peace Corps, and development professionals

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Agriculture – Select "Applied Global Stability: Agriculture (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)
  • Natural Resources – Select "Applied Global Stability: Natural Resources (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)
  • Water Resources – Select "Applied Global Stability: Water Resources (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3 Submit Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or gradadmissions@colostate.edu if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.

Questions?

We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Conor McLean
Applied Global Stability Graduate Certificate
Prospective Student Support Coach
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Program Details

Courses
Online or in residence
Credits
12
Tuition
$624-$964 per credit
Degree Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Applied Global Stability
Time Frame
1 year

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
December 15
Summer semester
April 15

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