Coastal Sustainable Management

Populations and developed areas in coastal areas are growing rapidly, with over 55 percent of the U.S. population already living within 50 miles of the coasts. The environmental impacts of development impacts directly affect communities' ability to balance natural resource protection with sustainable community growth. The sustainability of coastal areas largely depends on effective and timely planning at the local level. The certificate introduces sustainable community planning as practiced around the world and in particular the United States, focusing on coastal areas. It also provides strategies for implementation addressing the nine planetary boundaries.

This certificate program will provide a general foundation for coastal sustainability. It is designed to appeal to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and interests in the planning, policy, and management fields. The certificate will be of particular interest to those related to sustainability students, and those involved with planning and management in coastal communities.

Course Location/Delivery

The Certificate is offered both partially online and on campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application Process

You will be asked to provide two letters of recommendation, one academic and one professional. To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.




12 credit hours required for the certificate

Required Courses

Two classes required (6 credit hours)


Choose two of the following electives (6 credit hours)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is two years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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