Graduate Certificate Program Environmental and Resource Economics

PSU environmental management student working on a project

Environmental and Resource Economics Graduate Certificate Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Resource Economics (GCERE) teaches students the critical connections between economics and key environmental issues. It offers an introduction to important analytical tools, including cost-benefit analysis. Students in the certificate are both mid-career professionals and any student in a Master's degree program at PSU.

The GCERE offers small classes and expert faculty. GCERE faculty have done years of research in areas including:

  • Nepal
  • Ethiopia
  • coral reefs in Okinawa, Japan
  • land conservation related to climate change
  • economic impacts of fracking

Their enthusiasm for their research specialties is infused into the classroom. Faculty are always available for advising. Come discover more about how resource economics impacts the environment and our climate.

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • GC
    Graduate Certificate
    Locations
    On campus
    Total Credits
    16
    Start Term
    Any

Environmental and Resource Economics Graduate Certificate: Why PSU?

PSU is a center for sustainability research and teaching. The GCERE mirrors that by considering many sustainability elements, including economic, social, and environmental sustainability. The certificate in Graduate Certificate in Environmental and Resource Economics is unique because, in just one year, mid-career and Master’s degree students can learn the essential features of environmental and resource economics. Students learn the most important theories, methods, and ideas where economics and the environment meet.

What can I do with a graduate certificate in Environmental and Resource Economics?

Our students are both current Master’s students and mid-career professionals. Master’s students use it to round out their education with an emphasis on the environment and resource economics. Professionals use the certificate to advance or make changes in their careers. Both combine the degree with other education and skills to get environmentally-related jobs that require environmental problem analysis skills from an economic perspective. These jobs include:

  • environmental and energy managers
  • analysts
  • advocates

Students also use the degree to see how they like the field and go on for Ph.D.’s or Masters's degrees that offer more in-depth training.

Featured Courses

  • EC 522 Economics of Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • EC 527 Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • EC 530 Resource and Environmental Economics

Featured Electives

  • EC 522 Economics of Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • EC 527 Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • EC 530 Resource and Environmental Economics

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).