Executive Education

"Having reached a mid-point in my career, I realized I was going to have to remake myself to compete in today's marketplace. Duke's Environmental Leadership Program has helped me retool for the next stage." -Peter T. Masson, DEL Program Participant

The Duke Environmental Leadership Program provides unparalleled opportunities for environmental professionals to expand their knowledge and skills to keep pace with a rapidly-changing world.

With our short courses and certificate programs, you can:

Expand and deepen your knowledge and skills. We offer a diverse array of focused studies geared toward the seasoned practitioner. Our unique curriculum blends theory with practice and applied training, giving you knowledge and tools that can be immediately applied to benefit your organization—and advance your career.

Learn from and engage with recognized leaders. Our diverse team of instructors includes renowned Duke faculty members and practicing subject-matter experts who are effective teachers with real-world expertise. As the United States’ premier provider of environmental education, the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment provides the ideal learning environment for professional growth.

Meet new colleagues and broaden your network. Our peer-to-peer learning environment encourages participants to openly share ideas and information, taking advantage of the breadth of experience each participant brings to the table. Course socials, group exercises, and post-course online forums facilitate collaboration and capacity-building, helping participants to forge lasting and productive relationships.

Choose from multiple formats to meet your needs. We offer courses in three formats so you can pick the one that best works with your schedule and goals. Place-based sessions are offered in-person at Duke University. Online courses create virtual classrooms with web conferencing technology. Custom courses bring our Executive Education program to your organization and are tailored to your specific group or project.


If our program sounds right for you, here’s what to do next:

If you have questions, consult our FAQs or contact us at del@nicholas.duke.edu

Want to take your learning to the next level? Consider earning a master’s degree. Our online Master of Environmental Management Program is designed specifically for working professionals.