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.

Study in-person or online

In 2024, all graduate courses offered by the Crawford School will be available for either in-person or online study. All students are expected to attend live sessions at particular times each week for their courses. Crawford online courses are not ‘study at your own pace’. International students studying on an Australian student visa should enrol in in-person courses.


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

Program 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 degree from Australia’s top university? Then the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management can give you the knowledge and skills you seek, delivered both online and on-campus so you can learn wherever you are.

Is this program for me?

This short program caters to a diverse range of participants who are seeking to upskill or retrain: from policymakers 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 program.

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

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

Application Deadlines

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

Domestic students

This program is without Pre-Sessional Program (PSP) component for domestic students.

Apply by 31 Jan 2024 for Semester 1 2024 and by 30 June 2024 for Semester 2 2024.

International students

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

Key dates for application:

• Semester 2 2024 intake:

Final closing dates: 15 April 2024
Final acceptance date: 1 June 2024*

Orientation and PSP are from 11 January to 9 February 2024 for S1 2024 and from 13 June to 12 July 2024 for S2 2024.

• Semester 1 2025 intake:

Final closing dates: 15 October 2024
Final acceptance dates: 1 December 2024*

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

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Program Coordinator

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Upskill or retrain in environmental management

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


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 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.

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

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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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Sonia Akter

Senior Lecturer

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Keith Barney

Associate Professor & Head of Department: Resources, Environment, and Development Group

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Rebecca Colvin

Associate Professor; Environment, Resources & Development

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Quentin Grafton

Professor and Laureate Fellow; Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance

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Frank Jotzo

Professor, ANU Crawford School of Public Policy; Head of Energy, ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions.

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Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Professor, Resource, Environment and Development (RE&D) Program

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Sango Mahanty

Professor, Resources, Environment & Development

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Ana Manero

Post-doc Research Fellow

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John McCarthy

Professor, Crawford School; Resources Environment and Development program.

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Sarah Milne

Associate Professor - Resources, Environment and Development group

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Katherine Taylor

Research Fellow, Water Justice Hub

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Phuc Xuan To

Research Fellow

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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.

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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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