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Online Graduate Certificate in Environmental & Energy Policy

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Cost Per Credit Hour


Application Deadline: June 24, 2024

Summer 2 2024 classes start on July 8, 2024

Solutions to Environmental Issues.

The Online Graduate Certificate in Environmental & Energy Policy from LSU Online provides graduates with a deep knowledge of the local, state, national, and international management of major environmental issues. By gaining a deep understanding of the market and regulatory forces that govern both renewable and non-renewable energy resources, graduates will be positioned to become leaders in addressing urgent energy and environmental policy problems.

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Complete the certificate in as little as one year.

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Receive a dedicated coach from application to graduation.

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Total credit hours per program: 12 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $546

Total cost with fees: $6,552

LSU Online offers several ways to help you pay for your degree including credit for prior learning (PLA), financial aid, and veteran education benefits. Learn more.

The total cost above does not include transfer credit or financial aid. Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Fee schedules may vary by program depending on course-specific fees for proctoring and/or books. Please contact a Student Success Coach for more information.

Course Listings

  • ENVS 4261 - Energy and the Environment | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7041 - Environmental Policy and Analysis | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7043 - Environmental Law and Regulation | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENVS 7700 - Integrated Environmental Issue | Credit Hours: 3

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university or the equivalent from a foreign institution with overall GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4-point scale.
  • Applicants must have completed Biology, Chemistry, and Statistics. Organic Chemistry is highly recommended.
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores of at least 213 (computer), 550 (paper), or 79 (Internet), or IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  • GRE scores are encouraged, but substitutions will be considered for exceptional applicants.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement expressing your interest in the program. In 500 words or less introduce yourself to the faculty, describe your professional and academic goals, and explain how you think our graduate certificate program fits your interests and goals.

Additional information about LSU Graduate admission requirements are located here.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Planner
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Policy Manager
  • Project Manager

What Will I Learn?

Students who earn an online certificate in environmental and energy policy will gain an understanding of how the natural environment is affected by relationships between various systems and entities.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Methods of stationary power generation; pollution related to fuel production, transportation and use; energy use and pollution problems related to transportation
  • Management-oriented approach to major phases of environmental policy; formulation, implementation, evaluation; theoretical bases and analytical techniques
  • Introduction to basic principles of federal and state laws, regulations and court decisions involving pollution of the environment, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Oil Pollution Act; current topical legal developments
  • Multidisciplinary analysis of a current environmental issue. Discussion of topics from the perspectives of natural science, economics, social science and political science. Integration and synthesis of information to develop a science-based approach to environmental decision-making

Why Choose This Program?

Why choose LSU’s online Graduate Certificate in Environmental & Energy Policy?

This certificate is ideal for students who want to make a difference in the world. After completing the program, students will have a thorough understanding of global sustainability and environmental challenges, as well as the ability to address these issues with real solutions. Classes are 100% online, flexible, and convenient for working professionals.

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  • Additional information on the Graduate Certificate in Environmental & Energy Policy online program
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