Thursday, July 2, 2015

Environmental Management Graduate Certificate

The Environmental Management Graduate Certificate is a credential students can earn while pursuing a Master’s or PhD at UW to help prepare for a career in the environmental field.
Earning the certificate gives students unique opportunities:
·        Learning about environmental issues by integrating environmental policy, business, and science.
·        Applying that knowledge on a real-world student consulting project with a government agency, business or nonprofit.
To earn the certificate students:
·        Take 3 core courses in the areas of environmental policy, business, and science; and
·        Complete a team-based 2-quarter project with the guidance of a faculty mentor.
We connect students with a partner organization for their project. Each year a portfolio of projects representing a broad range of issues is compiled and students work with the program director on identifying a suitable project and team.
Graduate students from across the University of Washington campus participate in the program each year providing a unique opportunity to work with students from a wide range of disciplines.
Environmental challenges are complex, and if we are to be successful in solving them, an interdisciplinary approach is imperative.  A diverse group of students add value by bringing the skill set and perspective from their own discipline to the collaborative study in this graduate certificate program.
The Environmental Management Graduate Certificate is professionally-focused and students build skills in project and time management, communication, and teamwork. Students earning the EM certificate pursue a wide range of career opportunities from environmental consulting firms to public agencies, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. From recent alumni:
Consultants at firms including EMI Consulting, Cascadia Consulting, EnviroIssues, Triangle Ass.
Financial Analyst at the National Park Service
Directors of Operation at FishChoice, connecting sustainable seafood buyers and sellers
Oil Spill Contingency Plan Specialist for the Washington State Dept. of Ecology
Conservation Coordinator at Center for Natural Lands Management
Environmental Engineer at GeoEngineers Inc.
The Environmental Management Graduate Certificate broadens the graduate student experience through a unique interdisciplinary learning environment as well as providing a focus for studies to prepare for a career in the environmental field. Students develop professional skills and gain hands-on experience addressing a real-world environmental challenge.
Students interested in learning more can contact the advisor, Ana Wieman at or the program director, Dr. Clare Ryan at  Our priority application deadline is January 15, 2016. More information is available here: