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Graduate Certificate in
Leadership and Communication Skills for Ecosystem Managers


The Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Communication Skills for Ecosystem Managers is a 12-credit online program that offers a broad understanding of the economic, financial, legal, and policy context in managing and addressing natural resource problems and issues.

This certificate requires successful completion of four 3-credit graduate-level courses that focus on project management skills, communication and leadership skills, and the understanding of finance, economics, policy, and law.

Course List — Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Communication Skills for Ecosystem Managers

Required Courses (12 credits)





Environmental Law and Policy

EMGT 820

This course provides a survey of the basic legal principles, regimes, and issues related to environmental protection and natural resource management. It gives students an overview of the fundamentals of environmental law and policy, including how the U.S. legal system works, as well as relevant principles of constitutional and common law.

3 credits

Ecosystem Management, Planning, and Economics

EMGT 830

Making decisions as an ecosystem manager requires knowledge of economics, planning, and finance. The course provides students with a solid understanding of the key finance, planning, and economic principles needed to manage a variety of natural resources and ecosystems.

3 credits

Full-Range Leadership Development


Leadership Development: A Lifelong Learning Perspective


Leadership in a Global Context


Women and Leadership

LEAD 555








Development of behavioral skills associated with outstanding leadership of individuals, teams, and organizations through advanced information technology, experimental exercises, and case analysis.


The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.


This course explores the science and practice of leadership around the globe through pertinent scholarly literature and related instructional resources.


Overviews scholarship relating to women in positions of leadership in groups and organizations, as well as obstacles to their success.

3 credits

Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations

Collective Decision-Making


Conflict Resolution and Negotiation





CAS 404

Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations.


Application of theories of decision-making to work-related issues in groups and organizations requiring collective resolution and action.


Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention. 

3 credits

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