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Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Science

Areas of Focus
Intended Audience
Course Requirements
Program Time Frames
Transfer Credits and Course Waivers
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The Graduate Certificate Programs at the Akamai University represents a documented and regimented exploration of post-baccalaureate level topics for students who do not currently wish to pursue a full Masters degree program. The Certificate in Applied Environmental Science consists of 15 credits of graduate-level coursework, representing the equivalent of six months of full time graduate study. Unlike our graduate degree programs, the Akamai University Graduate Certificate is entirely coursework based and requires no research (thesis) component.

Students will work with their primary mentor to individualize course topics. At the beginning of the program, the student will identify a principal focus area, which will serve to target course readings and assignments to areas directly applicable to the student s educational and professional goals.

Areas of Focus
Some suggested Focus Areas include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Acid Deposition
  • Agricultural Studies
  • Air Quality
  • Atmospheric Composition
  • Biodiversity
  • Bioremediation
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation
  • Drinking Water
  • Ecology
  • Endangered Species
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Technology
  • Habitat Studies
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Invasive Species
  • Marine Studies
  • Pesticides
  • Pollution Control
  • Population Dynamics
  • Recycling
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resource Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Sustainability
  • Water Quality
  • Xenoestrogens

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Intended Audience
The Graduate Certificate programs at Akamai University are intended for mid-career professionals who require a structured, yet flexible post-baccalaureate curriculum focused on specific and practical topic areas within environmental science. Course content and assignments will be focused on a student s stated academic and professional goals. Graduate Certificates may be appropriate for demonstrating mastery of a specific set of topics or applications relevant to professional advancement, career change, or preparatory to future graduate study.

Course Requirements
A total of 15 credits (equivalent to six months of full time graduate study) are required for the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Science. The student will be required to enroll in one of the 6-credit foundational reading course (500-level) from the Akamai University Center for Ecological and Environmental Studies, Course Offering List. The remaining 9 credits of required course work will be planned on an individual basis. The student and his or her advisor will work to select courses that will add academic significance and continuity to the Certificate program and focus the remaining coursework towards the student s academic and professional goals.

Program Time Frames
Akamai University strives to create flexible programs where students can work at their own pace to accommodate professional and personal commitments while pursuing their higher education goals. The standard time frame for completion of a Graduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Science is 6-8 months. However, students may work at an accelerated pace and complete all course requirements in a minimum of 4 months. Likewise, students may work at a more gradual pace and complete the Certificate in a maximum of 14 months.

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All successfully completed Certificate programs or program courses are directly transferable to Akamai University Masters or Doctoral programs within the Center for Ecology and Environmental Studies. To be accepted for degree transfer, Certificate program enrollment should be completed within 5 years of matriculation in a graduate degree program.

Students wishing to enroll in an Akamai University Graduate Certificate program should first submit an Application for Admissions Extramural Studies Program along with all accompanying documentation and supporting material. A requirement for enrollment in the Graduate Certificate Program in Applied Environmental Science is the satisfactory completion of a Baccalaureate degree (BA, BS, or equivalent) from a recognized university. A student s undergraduate focus should be in a relevant academic discipline (e.g. Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Geology, etc.), however, applicants with academic backgrounds not directly related to Environmental Science may be accepted to the program, pending a review of their application materials and relevant experience.

Courses-costs are $150 per credit. Total Certificate program tuition is $2,250 for enrolment to completion. Other Academic fees, including application fee, listed in the Akamai University Student Handbook may apply.

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Transfer Credits and Course Waivers
Since the Graduate Certificate programs at Akamai University are short intense courses of study; transfer credits, course waivers, or portfolio credits are typically not offered to reduce the total credit requirements for completion. Under extraordinary circumstances, individual exceptions may be made to this standard; however, students should expect to complete the full 15 credits for award of a Graduate Certificate. If a student has already demonstrated a level of mastery in a particular course topic pertinent to the chosen focus area, they will work with the advisor to choose another area of investigation relevant to the student s learning objectives.

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