Earn a Graduate Certificate in Wilderness Management
The certificate provides students and professionals with training and expertise in the key topics related to wilderness management. Courses cover the history and philosophy of the wilderness system, wilderness law and policy, wilderness recreation management, wilderness ecosystem conservation and resource monitoring, and wilderness planning. Taken together these courses provide the necessary foundation for students to pursue careers in wilderness management. Courses are offered via distance learning (online and correspondence) through the Wilderness Management Distance Education Program in the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.
To earn a Graduate Certificate in Wilderness Management, students must successfully complete the following courses:
NRSM 560, 561, and PTRM 562 can be taken in any order, but NRSM 563 serves as a capstone and cannot be taken until the other three courses have been completed. In total, 14.0 academic credits are required.
Note: Each graduate course requires students to submit an original research paper.
Commonly Asked Questions and Answers
Do I have to apply to the University of Montana in order to take the courses?
Are there any eligibility requirements to the graduate certificate?
Are the credits transferable to other universities?
May I use my financial aid to pay for the courses?
May I use my AmeriCorps Award to pay for the courses?
Is there a time limit to complete the graduate certificate?
Is there a sequence for taking all four courses?
How much time per work should I devote to complete course requirements (readings and assignments?
Can I sign up for more than one course at a time?
How many courses are considered half-time?
If I choose to drop the course, can I receive a full refund for tuition?
A course withdrawal request must be made in writing to the WMDEP/College of Forestry and Conservation and must be postmarked within 30 calendar days of the registration date (the date you paid) in order to receive a refund of tuition.A tuition refund (less $50 withdrawal fee) will then be processed. No refunds will be given for textbooks. If you registered for academic credit, the course will not appear on your transcript. You may not withdraw from the course after 30 calendar days of the registration date.