Sustainable Military Lands Management Certificate of Completion

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is military land management important?

The demand for highly-skilled and educated environmental professionals to manage military lands is rapidly increasing. Military lands are critical assets for training and testing exercises, but they also contain diverse and often rare natural and cultural resources that must be protected. The complexity of managing and sustaining these lands requires new knowledge of ecological concepts and new technical and communication skills in a wide range of natural and cultural resource areas.

How do I apply?

No formal application is required for entry into the certificate program. The only requirement is completion of a 4-year undergraduate degree.

Is the GRE required?

No, GRE test scores are not required for this certificate program.

How do I take courses in this program?

Courses for this program are delivered online. On-campus attendance is not required to complete this program. These courses are available worldwide to any student with access to the Internet. Canvas, CSU's online learning platform, provides user-friendly access to course materials, discussion groups, assignments, exams, chat, and other learner services.

How much experience does the faculty have?

The Colorado State University faculty has considerable experience teaching and practicing environmental management. The SMLM certificate will allow you to work with experts in the field and tenured professors with years of experience.

Will there be interaction with other students and faculty?

Your interactions with the faculty depend on the specific course, but online and distance courses do provide you with online office hours, email contact information as well as discussion board postings. You will also collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email and discussion board postings.

What are typical assignments and how much time will I need to dedicate to my studies?

The amount of time you will spend weekly will depend on the amount of coursework you commit to each semester as well as your learning and studying style. Although this certificate program offers flexibility, it still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus program. It is recommended to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three credit course, on activities such as:

  • Downloading and reviewing instructor notes
  • Completing assigned and optional readings
  • Communicating with instructors and students via blogs, threaded discussions, and email
  • Completing individual or group projects
  • Studying for exams
  • Taking exams
  • Writing course related papers
How will this program benefit me?

This Sustainable Military Lands Management Certificate is one of very few certificate programs in the country that focuses on this particular field. This certificate will help you understand the importance of military lands management and the cultural and ecological significance of sustaining these lands. Additionally, you will learn the general practices, policies, and theories of land and resource management. After completing this certificate you will have an enhanced knowledge base of land management as it relates to military lands. The certificate will help you understand and lead stewardship-related efforts. This certificate may also benefit you professionally with unique job opportunities and career advancement. The curriculum for this program is designed so that all 9 credits earned for the certificate can be applied towards a full master's degree in CSU's Warner College of Natural Resources, if you are subsequently accepted into that graduate program through formal application.

What careers will this program prepare me for?

This certificate will prepare you to work in a wide array of federal and state land management agencies and to meet the rapidly increasing demand for highly skilled and educated environmental professionals. With knowledge of the ecological and cultural concepts that are part of this program, you will be equipped to handle the complexity of managing and sustaining military lands.