NJIT Announces Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Policy and Environmental Management Online High income and In-Demand Credential

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New Jersey Institute of Technology, the state’s 130-year-old public science and technology research University, is committed to the pursuit of excellence in undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional education. NJIT trains students for today’s jobs and productive careers, amplifying their potential for lifelong personal and professional growth.

"The graduate certificate is a stand-alone credential that can lead to a corresponding 30-credit NJIT master’s degree in Environmental Policy Studies"

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Society faces three interlocking problems as we move deeper into the twenty-first century -- —global population that will reach 10 billion by 2050; depletion of several key natural resources; and climate change with its likely ecological consequences. The field of sustainability policy and environmental management is designed to address these challenges systematically. It encompasses several focal areas, including environmental science, environmental economics, industrial ecology, sociology, political science, and law. The transition toward more sustainable systems entails the integration of these modes of expertise and the modernization of contemporary science, technology, and governance.

The online NJIT Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Policy and Environmental Management aims to train students in relevant areas of science, engineering, industrial design, natural resource management, urban and regional planning, and social policy. The program is intended for environmental professionals, scientists, engineers, and corporate managers with diverse academic backgrounds in physical and biological science, social science, and management who are seeking a better future. Professionals currently working in the field and career changers thinking about transitioning into the growing “green economy” Will benefit from the program.

The faculty who participate in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Policy and Environmental Management are internationally recognized experts in their respective fields and integrate their wide-ranging experience into the courses that they teach. From an array of eligible courses, students are able to develop customized study plans. The program can be completed exclusively on an online basis if preferred.

NJIT Students will learn the following:

  •     The scientific basis of contemporary global-scale environmental problems and the institutional responses that have evolved to manage them.
  •     The political economy of sustainable development including the international politics of sustainability, the social scientific dimensions of sustainability, and the tools and techniques for measuring sustainability, as well as emergent developments in ecological economics and the “new economics” of sustainability.
  •     The complex and dynamic interactions that characterize the relationship between the economy and the environment from biological, economic, and institutional perspectives and the various strategies for solving conflicts in resource management and pollution control including risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, and cost-effectiveness analysis.
  •     The key elements of the legal system that has evolved to control air, water, and solid waste pollution by federal, state, and local governments, and the international agreements created to manage global environmental issues.
  •     The ways in which language, media, and symbols influence our perceptions of the environment, and how communication affects our understanding of the cultural, political, and scientific contexts of decision-making processes.
  •     The fundamental tenets of industrial ecology including material flow analysis, life cycle and exergy analysis, product/process engineering from a systems perspective, carbon/ecological footprint techniques, demanufacturing systems, and design for environment.

Information on the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability Policy and Environmental Management:

12 credits – four classes

One year to complete (on average)

Can be studied the following ways: Online, Partially Online, or Classroom.

Certificate is designed for adults who have a bachelor’s degree with an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale. It is important that students have some context of environmental policy and the history of the environment.

The graduate certificate is a stand-alone credential that can lead to a corresponding 30-credit NJIT master’s degree in Environmental Policy Studies.

Financial Assistance is available for students who study part-time (6 credits or more). U.S. income tax education credits can be applied as well.

New Jersey residents studying online and/or on -campus are charged, as always, in-state tuition rate. Residents living anywhere in the world outside New Jersey qualify for a new, more affordable graduate online tuition rate This new rate is significantly lower than the out-of-state fee to attend graduate classes on campus.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,500 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 121 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available


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