Graduate Specializations & Certificate Programs
NEW!!! Environmental Systems Modeling Certificate
ESPP is pleased to announce it will now begin offering an Environmental Systems Modeling Certificate.
The Graduate Certificate in African Studies is awarded to students enrolled in or completing graduate programs at Michigan State University to certify their advanced training in African area studies. It is usually sought by the PhD candidate.
Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives
The Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives, which is administered by the Department of Sociology, provides graduate students with basic knowledge of relationships between humans and other animals and how they are linked together in a fragile biosphere. The graduate specialization is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree.
Center for the Study of Standards in Society
CS3 maintains a suite of educational opportunities including a graduate pro-seminar in food and agricultural standards, a certificate program in food regulatory and quality standards, and a graduate specialization spanning these and related topics in agrifood standards. These programs are presently dormant, pending the appointment of a new CS3 Director who would be expected to further develop and implement them as s/he sees fit.
Ecological Food and Farming Systems (EFFS)
The purpose of the Ecological Food & Farming Systems graduate specialization is to foster active learning about agriculture and food systems among graduate students from different disciplinary backgrounds. Students will gain knowledge in theory and practice related to contemporary agricultural ecology and food system issues across spatial, temporal and organizational scales. Through this multidisciplinary program, masters and doctorial students explore the biogeochemical, socioeconomic and policy dimensions of sustainability that will inform their research and professional careers.
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior
The graduate program for the student in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior varies with the department in which he or she is enrolled. Because EEBB is a dual-degree program students must also be accepted by one of the following participating departments: Anthropology, Computer Science and Engineering, Crop and Soil Science, Entomology, Fisheries and Wildlife, Forestry, Geography, Geological Sciences, Horticulture, Microbiology, Philosophy, Plant Biology, Plant Pathology, Psychology, Statistics & Probability and Zoology. Specific curriculum details can be obtained from the graduate office of each of these departments.
Environmental and Resource Economics
MSU offers a degree certification in Environmental and Resource Economics through the interdepartmental Graduate Specialization. The certification requirements are fulfilled while enrolled in the M.Sc. or PhD program of one of the six participating departments. A graduate student who completes the requirements may request a formal degree certification in Environmental and Resource Economics.
Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental professionals need both disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth, in order to understand the context of their research and be able to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams. Doctoral students in the Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) Specialization pursue a PhD in one of MSU's many existing doctoral programs that have an environmental focus. In addition, they complete four ESP courses, each designed to provide an understanding of how various disciplines conceptualize environmental issues and how scientific information can be brought to bear on environmental decision-making and environmental policy.
Gender, Justice and Environmental Change
Gender, Justice and Environmental Change is a graduate specialization available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master's and doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. The specialization is sponsored jointly by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Social Science. This program, first offered in Fall 2000, is the first of its kind in the nation explicitly focusing on the intersection of gender, environmental change, and social and environmental justice. The program is designed in particular to examine these issues and processes from both local and global perspectives, challenging traditional dichotomies between the First and Third World, the North and the South.
Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies awards a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The Center Graduate Certificate demonstrates a knowledge of, competency in, and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean. Masters candidates may earn certificates but generally, the majority of students who pursue a Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies will be doctoral candidates. Students interested in gaining a certificate should fill out the requisite form, available at the Center and arrange for an interview with the CLACS Director.
International Food Laws and Regulations Certificate Program
This is an Internet distance education program that consists of a series of region-specific food law courses taught completely over the Internet by an international network of food science academic and legal professionals who understand the legal complexities of the food laws and how they impact the flow of food and agricultural products across national boundaries.