Certificate in Environmental Leadership, Engagement, and Ethics

Program Overview 

This program provides professional development and educational opportunities through innovative courses in environmental leadership, engagement, and ethics. The program is intended for environmental professionals, students pursuing a graduate degree in another discipline for which a coherent set of courses on environmental issues will be a benefit, and anyone interested in learning more about engagement and ethics as they pertain to environmental topics.

Application Requirements

  • completed online application
  • $20 nonrefundable application fee


  • $60 nonrefundable application fee for applications with international credentials
  • baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university (Non-U.S. degrees must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor’s degree. In most cases, three-year degrees are not considered. Visit our International FAQs for more information.)
  • official transcripts from each institution where course credit was granted
  • minimum 2.5 GPA overall GPA or a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work 
  • minimum 3.0 GPA in all completed graduate course work (if applicable)
  • GRE not required

Approved English Proficiency Exam Scores

Applicants are required to submit an approved English proficiency exam score that meets the minimum program requirements below unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent from a country on our exempt countries list.

  • official TOEFL iBT scores required with a 78 overall
  • official PTE scores required with a 52
  • official IELTS (academic) scores required with a 6.5 overall and minimum individual module scores of 6.0
  • official Duolingo Scores required with a 110 overall
  • official TOEFL Essentials scores required with an 8.5 overall

Course Requirements

The post-baccalaureate certificate in Environmental Leadership, Engagement, and Ethics requires 12 semester credit hours.

Required Courses
Foundational Courses3
Environmental Ethics
Elective in Cultural Dimensions of Environmental Leadership3
Environmental Justice
Biocultural Ethics in The Edwards Plateau Ecoregion
Elective in Environmental Engagement and Leadership3
Field Environmental Philosophy
Engaged Ecology
Internship in Applied Philosophy
Additional Elective3
Choose 3 hours from the following:
Environmental Justice
Biocultural Ethics in The Edwards Plateau Ecoregion
Climate Justice
Animal Ethics
Environmental Ethics and Artificial Intelligence
Field Environmental Philosophy
Engaged Ecology
Technology and the Environment
Philosophy of Energy
Colonialism and the Environment
The Land Ethic and Beyond
Environmental Aesthetics
Internship in Applied Philosophy
Total Hours12