Certificate in Military Land Sustainability

Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability, College of Natural ResourcesThe Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability is a distance-education based graduate program administered through the College of Natural Resources and the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. The overriding goal for the certificate program at NC State is to develop professionals who can wisely manage natural resources on and around military bases to preserve natural resources and to maintain military readiness.

The management of military land (both air and sea) and the surrounding areas is important for sustaining the mission. Numerous partners are involved in the natural resource management on Department of Defense (DoD) installations and their surrounding areas including other federal agencies, state agencies, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Understanding the management of DoD lands provides a unique career opportunity to potential natural resource graduate students.

North Carolina has a significant military presence, which includes 6 major DoD/Department of Homeland Security Installations: Coast Guard Station, Elizabeth City; Fort Bragg; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point; Marine Corps Air Station New River; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune; and Seymour Johnson AFB. By offering the certificate almost entirely online, with the exception of a two-week residential field course, we hope to promote high-quality education to deployed active duty personnel and working students who are unable to travel to campus every day.

Although many students are active military personnel and veterans interested in natural resource management and/or graduate degrees, the program also provides training to career, government professionals interested in continuing education focused on military natural resource issues. The program’s reach is national, serving natural resource professionals throughout the United States, including deployed U.S. citizens.

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Technology Requirements

At NC State University, online and distance education courses are offered and supported using various delivery formats. Some courses utilize 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 a specified time. Occasionally a course may require visits to campus (or a remote location) for assignments or exams.

Courses in the 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 or WebEx. Students will interact with the faculty through email, online discussion groups, and chat and video conferencing sessions.

It is a good idea to make sure your computer meets the necessary requirements to view courses in Blackboard. On the same computer that you will use to participate, visit the Zoom page to ensure your computer meets the basic requirements. This page has links to computer requirements you will need, a link to configure your computer correctly, and links to online tutorials.

Students should also have a headset with mic that plugs into your computer (USB) to ensure proper audio. Using the speakers and microphone built into your computer often results in poor audio quality, such as echos, which disrupts other class participants. You can pick up a basic headset for about $15 at an electronics store.

Specific questions about computer specifications can be addressed to our Online and Distance Education Office through the help desk. Click here to review the most current technology requirements.


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

All inquiries regarding payments and cost of tuition should be directed to the Cashier’s Office. Students may pay their tuition online via ePay, or choose one of our other payment options. To learn more, visit our Eligibility and Cost page.

Core Curriculum

In order to obtain the certificate, individuals are required to complete fourteen (14) credit hours of coursework. Students proceed at their own pace.

Students must complete all four of the following plus one approved online elective courses to earn their Certificate in Military Land Sustainability. To learn more about each course, click on the course name and number below.

The following courses are required:


The following online courses can satisfy elective requirement for the Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability:

Master’s and Certificate Option

Students interested in simultaneously earning a Master’s Degree in Environment Assessment while pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability should initiate discussions with the program coordinator to discuss options.

Program Coordinator

Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability, environmental resources management instructor

Dennis W. Hazel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Program Coordinator
Graduate Certificate in Military Land Sustainability
North Carolina State University
4229 Jordan Hall Addition
Campus Box 8008
Raleigh, NC 27695-8008
Fax: 919.515.6883
Phone: 919.515.5573

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