Environmental Geology Online Graduate Certificate Program

The Department of Earth Science & Environmental Change offers a graduate-level certificate in Environmental Geology. This certificate is designed to meet the existing high demand for advanced geology expertise to solve industry problems, including:

The graduate-level certificate is a 12-credit program and provides an ideal bridge into the 32-credit hour online Environmental Geology Master’s degree should students desire to continue on for an advanced graduate degree. The certificate is fully online, which precludes the need for an extended absence from a current job and/or familial responsibilities and maximizes learning flexibility.

The Environmental Geology graduate certificate is a highly-sought after micro-credential in a field that is ever changing. As with other micro-credentials, the Environmental Geology certificate is an excellent addition to a professional’s LinkedIn profile and resume, indicating successful completion of a number of advanced, graduate-level courses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign taught by world-class faculty, researchers and industry experts. 

The Environmental Geology graduate certificate also provides a route toward graduate level education and Professional Geologist (PG) licensure applications. After successful completion of the Environmental Geology online graduate certificate program, the Department of Geology will issue both electronic and paper certificates for posting and sharing with professional networks.

Students pursuing the certificate must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours offered online by the Department of Earth Science & Environmental Change, which will be three or four courses (number of courses needed varies by the credit hours granted for each course). Once admitted to the Environmental Geology Online Certificate Program, students should consult a program advisor regarding course selection/sequencing based upon their particular area of interest and desired professional goals.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees for the 2023-2024 academic year are $740 per credit hour. The certificate minimum requirement to completion is 12 credit hours.  Estimated tuition and fees for the graduate-level certificate depend on the number of courses and hours taken. 
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Certificate Application Deadlines

Spring 2024: January 10, 2024

Summer 2024: May 15, 2024

Fall 2024: August 15, 2024