Eligibility and Cost

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Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability program requires proof of completion of a bachelor’s degree in an environmental, science, natural resources or related field. Experience in the environmental field may be substituted for students with a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field. All applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their last 60 hours. Interested individuals should be prepared to submit a personal statement, a resume identifying educational preparation and work experiences, and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Admission to the certificate program does not imply admission to a degree program. Students in the certificate program are classified as non-degree seeking. Grades earned as an Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student will go toward the student’s NC State University GPA. This certificate program does not meet the requirements for a full degree but in some instances successfully completed courses in the certificate can be applied toward a degree.

With proper notification, students are not required to be enrolled continuously. The certificate must be completed within four (4) calendar years from the date the student starts the first course. Awarding of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better for all certificate courses combined. All grades earned in courses numbered 400 and above taken towards the certificate program are included in the GPA. The minimum grade received in any course can be no lower than a C-.


Visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about the fee schedule for graduate courses.

Financial aid eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. We encourage you to contact your financial aid advisor in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Criteria for funding is based on academic merit, demonstrated financial need and enrollment in multiple Online and Distance Education courses per semester. For additional information please visit NC State’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, or call 919.515.2421. NC State also offers a monthly payment plan.


Only students admitted to NC State can take classes at the university. Anyone interested in taking courses without enrolling in a degree program at NC State must first apply as a (NDS) student.The Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) classification is assigned to those NDS students who have earned a bachelor’s degree. Enrolling as a PBS student is an excellent way to explore different fields of study to fulfill your personal and career goals.

For more information on enrolling as an NDS student, visit our Apply page.

Technology Requirements

At NC State, online and distance education courses are offered and supported using various delivery formats. Some courses use more than one delivery format. The majority of courses are delivered via technologies such as the internet, DVD or webcasting. Students with access to the appropriate technology (including the internet or a DVD player) may access these courses from their homes or other locations. Such courses make use of asynchronous scheduling, which means that students do not have to access them at specified times. Occasionally a course may require visits to campus (or a remote location) for assignments or exams.

Courses in the Military Land Sustainability Graduate Certificate program are delivered via the internet as web-based courses. Courses will provide content through an online Learning Management system such as Moodle or Blackboard Collaborate. Students will interact with the faculty through email, online discussion groups, chat and video conferencing sessions. Specific questions about computer specifications can be addressed to our Online and Distance Education’s Help Desk. Click here to review the most current technology requirements.

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