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The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies is designed to give students already admitted to a graduate program at KU the opportunity for interdisciplinary coursework in Environmental Studies, spanning the humanities, natural/physical sciences, and social sciences.

Required coursework

EVRN 701: Climate Change, Ecological Change and Social Change (3)
EVRN 702: Energy, Ecology and Community in Kansas (3)
EVRN 915: Capstone (3)

Elective coursework

One graduate-level elective course with at least 25% environmental content, approved by the student’s advisor and the Environmental Studies Graduate Director (3).

To submit an application, proceed to http://www.graduate.ku.edu/01-04_apply.shtml and search for the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Studies and submit required materials.

Students wishing to be accepted into the Environmental Studies Certificate program must already be admitted to a graduate program at KU. Applicants must write a cover letter to the Environmental Studies Graduate Director explaining their interest in the certificate and how interdisciplinary training in Environmental Studies helps meet individual goals in research and training. This statement is to be attached on page 8 of the application. On page 6, please upload a copy of your ARTS form. A graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required, but provisional admittance can be granted for one semester to new graduate students. The student’s advisor must also write a letter of recommendation and the student must complete the coursework planning form (pdf) and return it to the Environmental Studies Program office (252 Snow). 


Thanks to the generous support of the late Ruben Zadigan, a limited number of scholarships are available for students enrolled in the certificate program. Applications for entering the certificate program are automatically reviewed for scholarship funding.

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