Certificate ProgramStudents earn a Professional Certificate in Environmental Policy or Climate Science and Policy by completing 24-26 credits of graduate coursework in the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, that must include:
• 3 credits of environmental economics or natural resource economics
• 6 credits of environmental policy and/or environmental law
• 3 credits of science (environmental science of natural environments, environmental science of built environments, or climate science)
• 3 credits of communication
• 2-3 credits of statistics or GIS
Students may earn up to 6 credits towards the degree through completion of a professional internship. Bard CEP has a well-developed, mentored internship program for graduate students in the M.S. degree programs, focused on high-level professional policy experience.
As part of the communication sequence, students must complete a major literature review in a sub-field of environmental policy. The certificate program can be taken on a full-time or part-time basis. Upon admission, students will be assigned an academic advisor to develop an individualized curriculum.
Should the Certificate recipient decide to continue toward the master's degree, either immediately or at a later time, second year course work and all other requirements may be completed within five years from the date of matriculation.