Environmental Politics and Policy (Graduate Certificate)

Campuses: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Virginia Tech Online (Virtual)

Instructions: Residential/On Campus

                       Online Courses for Virtual Option  

Be prepared to advocate for consumer interests and to help improve their wellbeing.

12 Credits Hours

Online or On Campus

30 Faculty Members

100% faculty commitment

This certificate offers you the opportunity to explore topics like public ecology, industrial democracies, and politics of developing areas. The program requires 12 hours of graduate-level courses from an approved list.

Who Is Eligible?

Students pursuing graduate degrees at Virginia Tech who wish to demonstrate a competency in environmental politics and policy without undertaking an entire degree can add this certificate to their transcript. Commonwealth Campus students who have been permitted to take courses by the Graduate School are also eligible. Non-degree seeking students can pursue this certificate to develop a professional competency relevant to their chosen careers. Both degree and non-degree seeking students complete this certificate by studying on campus or through on-line courses.

What You'II Study?

Requirements: Completion of a total of twelve credit hours; 9 credits in required courses and 3 elective hours. Receive a grade of B or better in each course. (Note: Students will not be allowed to retake a course for a better grade if they receive below a B.)

Required courses:

PSCI 5214 - Contemporary Political Theory or

PSCI 5115 - Research Methods I and

PSCI 5364 - Public Ecology

PSCI 5584 - Environmental Politics and Policy

In addition, students must complete at least 3 credit hours from the following:

PSCI 5354 - Public Policy Analysis

PSCI 5414 - Industrial Democracies

PSCI 5434 - Politics of Developing Areas

PSCI 5314 - Legislative Branch PSCI 5324 - Executive Branch

PSCI 5334 - Judicial Branch

PSCI 5564 - Women and Globalization

Students interested in applying to the Environmental Politics and Policy (Graduate Certificate) should contact the program director, Scott Nelson, by email at scnelson@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-5629.

Visit our office at 519 major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

*Deadlines for non-degree students

Domestic Application

Spring: January 1

Summer I: May 1

Summer II: June 1

Fall:  August 1

International Application

Spring: September 1

Summer I: January 1

Summer II: February  1

Fall: April 1


Scott Nelson
Director of Graduate Studies
519 Major Williams Hall

Karen Nicholson
Graduate Programs Coordinator
531 Major Williams Hall

Department of Political Science
531 Major Williams Hall (0130)
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061