What will I learn?

As governments and organizations across the globe take steps to reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions, the emerging field of carbon management will continue to expand and evolve. Along with these evolving priorities, policies, and laws will come an increased demand for professionals with the skills to help organizations evaluate and manage carbon emissions.

Developed by CSU’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, this graduate certificate program provides you with the specialized knowledge to effectively analyze carbon production and manage and/or offset emission levels for government entities and large corporations.

Why study carbon management:

Clear scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring and will have significant impacts on society if measures are not taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, carbon dioxide has already become a major business liability, decreasing an organization’s value by $212,000 on average for every 1,000 metric tons produced, according to KPMG, a global network of professional firms that provide audit, tax, and advisory services.

After completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand quantitative and qualitative methods applicable to the study of greenhouse gas emission management
  • Explain greenhouse gas sources and sinks, and how they might be managed
  • Discuss current issues in greenhouse gas policies and climate change
  • Evaluate the linkages between socioeconomic and ecological processes that drive increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations
  • Assess the costs, benefits, and co-benefits of emission reduction and offset purchase strategies.
  • Work in a multidisciplinary setting or as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Carry out basic greenhouse gas assessments using systems approaches and integrative methods, including the application of life cycle analysis and other numerical quantification tools

Which department am I in?

Warner College of Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (10 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,108.00 per year
Application deadline

1 April 2022, 1 September 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Venue

Colorado State University

1062 Campus Delivery,

FORT COLLINS,

Colorado,

80523, United States

Online/Distance (10 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$6,850.00 per year
USD $685 per credit
Application deadline

1 December 2021, 15 July 2022

Start date

18 January 2022, 22 August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Only persons with degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degrees are qualified to apply for admission except for Integrated Degree Program (IDP) applicants.

For international students

Only persons with degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degrees are qualified to apply for admission except for Integrated Degree Program (IDP) applicants.

The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 80 for the (internet-based exam). The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5. The minimum PTE Academic Score for admission without condition is 58.

To be considered for conditional admission, a student must have a minimum TOEFL score of 50 on the internet-based test, a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or PTE scores from 40-57.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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