Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management


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Upskill or retrain in an Australian Government National Priority Area

Crawford School is proud to offer this special professional learning opportunity.

Gain a better understanding of current issues and approaches to environmental management. Learn about current regulatory and policy frameworks in the Australian and international context and enhance your ability to contribute to the governance of environmental sustainability and natural disasters.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for Semester 2 2022

CSPs are very limited in number and highly competitive. There is no application process for a CSP as domestic students who have received an offer of admission to a CSP-eligible postgraduate program are automatically considered prior to commencement each semester.

To be considered for a CSP, admissions offer holders must:

-be a domestic student (i.e. Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or holder of a humanitarian visa);

-receive and accept an admissions offer to commence in 2022.

Study on campus or online in 2022

In 2022, all courses offered by the Crawford School will be available for either online or on campus study. Online students are expected to attend live online sessions at a particular time each week for their courses. Crawford online courses are not ‘study at your own pace’.


Real-time interaction, discussion and debate between students and with convenors is an central part of the learning experience. Attendance at interactive classes is important for both on campus and online students.

Degree overview

Are you eager to make a real and lasting contribution to an area of national priority for Australia? Are you interested in responding to society’s big challenges, including climate change, pollution, water management, and sustainable agriculture? Would you like to upskill with a short, professional online course from Australia’s top university? Then the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management Online degree can give you the knowledge and skills you seek, delivered fully online so you can learn wherever you are.

Is this degree for me?

This online short degree caters to a diverse range of participants who are seeking to upskill or retrain: from policy-makers working in high-level government and non-government organisations, to policy officers and middle managers in Australian government and industry, to university graduates with limited work experience who are seeking to enhance their qualifications in a competitive employment environment.

Why choose the Graduate Certificate of Environmental Management?

If you‘re a pragmatic thinker prepared to consider a balance between sustainability issues and their impact on livelihoods and communities, you will be both challenged and rewarded by this degree.

Delivered by the leading minds in the field — ANU is ranked #11 in the world for development studies — the program includes case materials on real-world issues from within Australia and across Asia and the Pacific. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to devise policies that can achieve economic viability, social acceptability, and environmental sustainability.

Learn in a multi-modal environment to best suit your current arrangements

The program offers the flexibility to focus on courses specific to upskill or retrain to reach your career goals. These courses include environmental policy and communication; natural disaster management; food security and agricultural policy.

Credit towards your Master of Environmental Management and Development Online

You may also wish to consider extending your Graduate Certificate to complete the Master of Environmental Management and Development Online. We’ll count your study in the Graduate Certificate towards credit for the Masters degree.

Application Deadlines

Please note application deadlines are different for domestic or international students.

Domestic students

This program is without pre-sessional (PSP) component for domestic students.

Apply by 31 January 2022 for Semester 1 2022 and by 30 June for Semester 2 2022.

International students

Find ANU’s general application and acceptance deadlines by visiting the timetable linked here.

Key dates for application:

• Semester 1 2023 intake:

Final closing date: 15 October 2022

Final acceptance date: 1 December 2022

Pre-sessional program (PSP) start date: mid January 2023

• Semester 2 2023 intake:

Final closing date: 15 March 2023

Final acceptance date: 1 June 2023*

Pre-sessional program (PSP) start date: mid June 2023

*Some students may need to accept well before this date to allow for visa processing times in their country.

View the full degree program structure, admission requirements and academic information.

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Upskill or retrain in environmental management

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management Online may be completed in a single semester full-time or part-time equivalent.

As this forms part of the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package, this program is available for domestic students only.


6 months full time

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

Program structure

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management Online requires the completion of 24 units selected from a range of key courses to support upskilling and retraining in this Australian Government national priority area.

Select any four of the following courses to complete this special Graduate Certificate:

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications

EMDV8041 Special Topics in Environmental Management and Development

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS8016 Contemporary perspectives in Environment-Society Interaction

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What are my career options?

When you complete this Graduate Certificate program, a wide range of local and international employment pathways may open up to you as you upskill or retrain in this area of national priority.

Many of our Crawford School graduates have taken up senior policy roles with local, state, and federal government. Others have gone on to influential positions with global development institutions, environmental agencies, non-government organisations, and social enterprises.

Others still have elected to specialise in the private sector, where they are guiding sustainability strategies within large-scale mining and agriculture companies.


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Keith Barney

Associate Professor: Resources, Environment, and Development Group

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Daniel Connell

Visiting Fellow, Environment and Development Program

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Sango Mahanty

Professor, Resources, Environment & Development

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John McCarthy

Professor, Crawford School; Resources Environment and Development program.

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Sarah Milne

Senior Lecturer - Resources, Environment and Development group

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Luca Tacconi

Emeritus Professor

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Tuition fees, aid and scholarships

Costs associated with your study at ANU will depend on a number of things, including your study program and whether you’re a national or international student.

Find out more about costs and fees associated with studying this degree.

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Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

CSP is one of the Commonwealth help schemes and is available for domestic students. With a CSP, you will save a significant amount of money on the tuition fee. The Postgraduate CSPs are limited and highly competitive. To be eligible:

• You must be a domestic student ie Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or holder of a humanitarian visa.

• You must be a continuing or commencing Graduate Coursework student*.

• Research based programs including the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are not eligible as the fees for these are already covered by the Research Training Scheme (RTS).

• Non-award study is not eligible.

*As a continuing student, you need to complete at least 24 units of study at ANU in the postgraduate programme you wish to be considered for a CSP.

For more detailed information, please visit ANU’s webpage for a CSP:

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