Certificate Programs


Certificate programs serve to provide an opportunity for students to dive deeper into a specific environmental area, and develop real world knowledge and skills to carry into the professional ranks. These programs are offered as a compliment to Nicholas students' main degree program. To ensure we provide the most relevant opportunities to our students, certificate programs are subject to change as we actively respond to the most pressing environmental needs. Currently, we offer the following certificate programs:

Nicholas School of the Environment - Master's Programs

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Geospatial Analysis Certificate Program

From marine science to surficial earth processes, from environmental economics to environmental epidemiology, from landscape ecology to conservation planning -- all of these areas benefit, even require, the powerful analytical and presentation abilities of geospatial technologies for mapping out today's environmental solutions.

The Geospatial Analysis certificate program teaches GIS as a tool, not an end in itself, and promotes hands-on skill development that is applicable to almost all environmental science and management problems.  • Click here for more information

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Community-Based Environmental Management

The Community-Based Environmental Management (CBEM) certificate program trains students to become highly effective managers of CBEM programs and facilitators for communities wishing to improve the management of their own environment. 

This certificate offers training in both the theory and practice of working at the community level for environmental and social change.  • Click here for more information

Climate Change Science and Applications

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The 12 credit hour Climate Change Science and Applications certificate program brings together courses taught by many of the top experts on climate change science, policy and law at the Nicholas School and from across Duke's campus.

Students will demonstrate mastery of skills learned through the certificate by applying them in their Master’s project or another equally substantive faculty-supervised capstone research project.  • Click here for more information

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Environmental Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Environmental Innovation & Entrepreneurship (EI&E) Program is a two-year, 12 credit hour program for graduate students at Duke who want to be entrepreneurs within startup or corporate platforms, with a particular focus on the environment and sustainability. 

Students learn how to develop, evaluate, refine, and launch a new sustainable product or service from successful serial entrepreneurs with deep experience in marketing, finance, and startup operations.  • Click here for more information

With the recent formation of the Business & Environment track within the Nicholas School, the Entrepreneurial Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate is no longer being offered as a stand-alone certificate. We encourage students interested in environmental innovation and entrepreneurship to consider the Business & Environment concentration and/or to pursue our entrepreneurship courses in marketing (Marketing for Environmental Professionals – ENV782) and entrepreneurial experience (Entrepreneurial Experience – ENV767). Client-based entrepreneurial projects will continue to be available and students should seek out Professor Jesko von Windheim to pursue these programs.  Independent studies are also available to students who wish to pursue their own entrepreneurial ideas, and the Nicholas School also offers summer funding on a competitive basis to students or student teams who have a business case for pursuing an independent venture.

Nicholas School of the Environment - PhD Students Only

Nicholas School of the Environment - Undergraduates Only

Executive Education Program (non-degree/non-credit)

Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy

Duke Global Health Institute

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Asian Pacific Studies Institute

Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies

Nicholas School of the Environment certificates are only open to Master of Environmental Management (MF) and Master of Forestry (MF) degree seeking students; this applies to the Geospatial Analysis, Climate Change Science & Applications, and Community-Based Environmental Management certificates.