1. Take two of the required courses for this program as a non-degree student and do well in them. Earning a B or better (not a B-) shows that you are capable of succeeding in graduate courses. These credits may be able to be transferred into the degree program (see transfer credit).
  2. Any of the following (if true) will help your case that you are capable of maintaining above a 3.0 GPA in graduate school:
    – undergraduate degree was many years ago and you have now matured.
    – poor grades were early in your undergraduate career.
    – you had one bad semester but otherwise maintained a decent GPA.

On the Personal Statement of the online application, provide a compelling reason why you believe this certificate will benefit your education and career and why you are now interested in natural resources.

The last two credit-hour course is a two-week course taught during the first session of summer school. Week one is taught on campus in Raleigh and includes day trips. Week two is research and writing and can be done at a place of your choosing.

At the time this answer was composed, there was no history with which to answer the question. However, the certificate was designed primarily for working professionals taking one or two courses per semester online. At one course a semester, the certificate can easily be completed in two years. At two courses per semester, the certificate can be completed in a year (two courses – Fall; two courses – Spring; two-credit Field Course in early summer).

Check with those who administer the certificate for which you wish to use the Military Land Sustainability related course as an elective to see whether the course is acceptable. If it is, you may take the course. Likewise, these courses may be used as part of an online master’s if accepted by the degree program, including the distance education Master of Environmental Assessment.


NR-510, NR-511, and NR-512 have no prerequisite requirements. However, NR-513 requires that 510, 511, and 512 be first taken. Note that some of the listed elective courses have prerequisites.

NC State University’s Military Land Sustainability program welcomes graduate students from universities all around the world. For international students, the Graduate School requires TOEFL scores of at least 80 on the internet-based version. Please review Section O: English Proficiency Requirements of the Graduate School Handbook for minimum scores for each TOEFL section and other details concerning TOEFL requirements.

All application materials should be submitted prior to the dates published by the Graduate School for Fall or Spring semester admission. Applications will be reviewed after this date and admission decisions made. We do not admit students to start in the summer due to course availability and timing of admissions decision-making.

No, you do not need to take the GRE for this certificate.

Program administrators can consider a previously taken course only for elective credit. It must be a graduate-level course considered relevant to the certificate.


Graduate tuition for distance education programs is different than for on-campus programs. Tuition differs for students classified as out-of-state as well. Visit NC State’s Graduate Online and Distance Education Tuition Rates page for detailed information about the fee schedule for graduate courses.

Students in the Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability program are self-supported (no research or teaching assistantships are available at this time). 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.