Graduate Certificate Structure and Course Format

Each graduate certificate in the Outdoor Recreation Economy program follows the same structure:

  • Four asynchronous subject courses

  • One synchronous project course

Certificate (10 Credits)

Asynchronous Coursework

  • Subject Course (2 credits)
  • Subject Course (2 credits)
  • Subject Course (2 credits)
  • Subject Course (2 credits)

Synchronous Coursework

  • Project Course (2 credits)

Asynchronous subject courses allow you to review course content—organized in weekly modules—and complete weekly assignments on your own time throughout the week, however you are expected to complete one module per week. They are offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters. Depending on your schedule, you may choose to take them sequentially or in parallel.

You are not required to complete a thesis, capstone project, portfolio or final exam for any certificate or for the degree itself. However, after completing the four asynchronous subject courses in a certificate, you will participate in a synchronous project course. This course is offered remotely, which means you participate in the course in real time through a video conferencing platform. Project courses give you the opportunity to engage with your peers and instructors in dynamic group discussions and work, as well as to integrate everything you learned from your previous courses.

Minimum Requirements and Time Limits

In order to earn a certificate, you must receive a minimum grade of a C or higher in each course. The cumulative GPA for certificate courses must be 3.0 or higher. 

ORE certificate students have two years from when they are admitted and begin coursework to complete all certificate requirements.