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Graduate Certificate Programs


Certificate programs such as Conservation Biology are interdisciplinary.

Add a Certificate Program

Graduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences often pursue multiple passions by taking a certificate program outside their major. Others add a graduate certificate as an integral part of their degree program.

Most of the certificate programs are open to all students pursuing a graduate program at the university, regardless of college or field. These interdisciplinary programs allow students to:

  • Complement a primary area of interest.
  • Broaden career possibilities.
  • Study an area of interest from a variety of perspectives.

Students are awarded the certificate and receive official recognition on their transcripts.

Conservation Biology Certificate

The Program in Conservation Biology offers an interdisciplinary graduate conservation biology certificate. The program applies a multifaceted understanding of the factors affecting the conservation of biological diversity. It is centered in the Department of Biological Sciences but includes faculty members from the departments of Environmental and Plant Biology, Economics, Geography, and Political Science. Students enrolled in any master's or doctoral program at Ohio University are eligible to apply for the certificate. Each application for the certificate program is reviewed by an oversight committee composed of three faculty representatives from participating departments. Each student in the program chooses a certificate advisor to oversee the completion of requirements.

Contemporary History Certificate

The Ohio University Contemporary History Institute, created in 1987, offers a unique course of interdisciplinary study, mainly on the graduate level, that trains students to apply historical perspectives in analyzing recent events and contemporary policy issues. The institute is centered in the Department of History, but it also draws faculty and students from the departments of Economics and Political Science, the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, and the Honors Tutorial College.

Environmental Sustainability

This certificate program offers non-Environmental Studies graduate students the necessary multidisciplinary skills and global awareness needed to understand the broader impacts of personal consumer choices on the environment. The certificate exposes graduate students from many disciplines to the economic, societal, and environmental effects of consumer choice and enhances the graduate degree of the student by incorporating problem solving and critical thinking skills into the certificate program. The certificate also allows students to improve their understanding of basic concepts of sustainability as they relate to their specific degree program and provides opportunities for working professionals (i.e. teachers and business leaders) to enhance their professional careers.

Sustainability is a concept that is applicable across many disciplines including environmental studies, business, economics, engineering, chemistry, geography, sociology, anthropology, political science, and biological sciences. The need for graduate studies in sustainability is based on numerous global issues including: 1) the pressure to address energy consumption issues, including alternative fuels; 2) the need for societal awareness of the environmental impacts of personal consumer choices; 3) new business models that are incorporating environmental auditing in management and production decisions; and 4) the emergence of new approaches to land use planning and construction that includes green building design to reduce adverse environmental and health effects of housing.

Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program can add the certificate by completing an Application for Update of Programs available at the Graduate Studies office. Students not currently enrolled in a graduate degree program must complete a non-degree application as described in the Graduate Catalog. The basis of the certificate program is to address a comprehensive study of environmental sustainability including the four areas of: 1) economy, 2) society, 3) environment and 4) technology.

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