Upcoming Executive Education Courses

Marine Planning Advancement Training (MPAT) – Course Options

The MPAT curriculum, derived from global best practices and featuring interactive and innovative educational styles, is designed for professionals with interest in Coastal Management at all experience levels in the practice of coastal and marine planning.


  • West Coast and Pacific Islands | Portland, OR
    Feb 10-11, 2016, Location TBA
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  • Washington DC
    Mar 2-3, 2016 at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building (CGHQ), Southeast Washington DC
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  • Southeast / Miami, FL
    May 11-12, 2016 at the Florida International University’s Maidique Campus, Miami FL
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  • Early Registration (15 or more days prior to course) - $250
    Early Bird Tuition Deadlines:
    Portland, OR: Jan. 26, 2016
    Washington, DC: Feb. 16, 2016
    Miami, FL: April 26, 2016
  • Standard Registration (< 15 days prior to course) - $300
    Duke University Alumni Registration Rate (10% discount) - $225


  • 4 - day trainings - 2016 Course Dates TBD
  • Customized regional trainings - For more information, contact the DEL office at del@nicholas.duke.edu.


Environmental Communication for Behavior Change*

This online course provides environmental professionals with a practical introduction to the strategies, methods, and tools of environmental communication that effectively lead to changes in behavior, primarily using social marketing. The field-based skills gained through this course will benefit all practicing environmental professionals faced with the challenge of changing behaviors.

  • February 1-March 18, 2016

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Social Media for Environmental Communications*

Need to craft a buzz-worthy social media campaign? Join a global cohort of environmental professionals who utilize mainstream and emerging social media platforms for research, promotion, and networking. Assigned readings, social media projects, and discussion boards allow for customized instructor feedback and peer review. Taught online by two of the founding bloggers at SouthernFriedScience.com.

  • April 4 - May 13, 2016

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Timberland Investments for Professionals

This in-person course, held at Duke University's campus, is aimed at timberland-investment professionals in developmental stages of their careers and forestry, accounting, legal, and conservation professionals who interact with them; investment analysts, portfolio managers, financial planners, and trust officers who make decisions regarding timberland assets; and public-policy officials who desire to better understand institutional timberland managers.

  • April 26-27, 2016

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Environmental Communications Planning*

This online course is designed to give environmental professionals the necessary tools to write a successful and comprehensive Communications Plan. These plans can be used internally, to manage change or initiatives within an organization, or externally to communicate a message to stakeholders and/or the public.

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Writing for Environmental Professionals*

Writing in environmental fields encompasses many genres, from policy memos to manuals, blog posts to interpretive signs. This online course will allow you to refine and reflect on your writing process. For some, the course may serve as a tune-up; for others, a significant remodeling.

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Intermediate Environmental Social Marketing Strategy*

This online course provides an intermediate-level focus on environmental social marketing strategies. Students will focus in detail on how to plan and implement a social marketing strategy, using 3-5 topics within social marketing of your choosing.

  • 2016 Dates TBD

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Environmental Management in a Changing World: Coping with Sea Level Rise

Summer Program in Venice

The Nicholas School of the Environment in collaboration with the Venice International University offer a Summer Program for professionals and graduate students. Training is provided in key topics about the impact of sea level rise on coastal areas and cities, and about adaptation and mitigation strategies.

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Adaptive Management For Conservation Projects

In recent years, there has been great convergence among conservation organizations in thinking about how best to plan and implement conservation actions. The member organizations of the Conservation Measures Partnership (CMP) have pooled their collective experience in designing, implementing and appraising their conservation projects to develop a set of project cycle or adaptive management Open Standards for the Practice of Conservationthat they believe are fundamental to effective conservation.

  • Available as a custom course for your group or project.  Please contact Allison.Besch@duke.edu for more information. 

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Spatial Models for Distance Sampling Data

Duke Environmental Leadership program in collaboration with the University of St Andrews offers a workshop on spatial modelling methods for distance sampling line transect data.The course is intended for graduate students/postdocs/faculty in applied ecology, government/industry scientists and wildlife managers interested in developing spatially explicit models of abundance.

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Marine Conservation Summer Institute

A practicum in natural science, social science, law, and policy for professionals, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates.

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* Courses followed by an asterisk are currently included in a certificate program.

For information on future course schedules, please contact the DEL office at del@nicholas.duke.edu. If you are interested in scheduling a course specifically for your agency, organization or business, information is available on our Custom Courses page.