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Restoration Ecology

Whether you work in the area of natural resource management, forest and wildlife management, environmental sciences and consulting or environmental education, a graduate certificate in Restoration Ecology from Auburn University can complement your professional skills or position you to transition to other opportunities, including graduate school.

Key Learning Outcomes

As many native ecosystems have been altered, damaged, degraded, and even totally destroyed, making ecosystem restoration and management decisions has become a critical part of how we respond to past land management choices.

The Restoration Ecology Graduate Certificate program at Auburn University is designed to

  1. Help students better understand natural processes in terrestrial ecosystems
  2. Provide students with information on processes and practices that are relevant to the restoration of these ecosystems
  3. Enhance students’ critical thinking and communication skills
  4. Prepare students to take on new professional responsibilities or perhaps go on to graduate school


To obtain a Restoration Ecology Certificate, students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of online coursework. Restoration Ecology (FOWS 7216) is a required class, and then choose from any of the six electives listed below.

Course CodeCourse NameCredit HoursFallSpringSummer
FOWS 7210Restoration Ecology (required)3XX
WILD 6410Human-Wildlife Conflicts3X
FOWS 7220Forest History3X
FOWS 7230Forest Stand Dynamics3X
FOWS 7240Fire Ecology3X
FOWS 7250Longleaf Pine Ecology and Management3X
FOWS 5260/6260Forest Wetlands Restoration3


To participate in the Restoration Ecology certificate program, students must apply to the Auburn University Graduate School.   Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.

Entrance to the certificate program and AU Graduate School requires a 2.75 GPA. However, exceptions can be made if sufficient justification for the exception is provided to the CFWE Graduate Program Office.

Graduate certificate applicants are required to submit the online application to be admitted as a non-degree student, pay the online application fee ($60 or $70 domestic vs. international respectively) and submit transcripts for the highest degree they currently hold.  International applicants must also submit an English proficiency score.

Students may enroll three times per year to begin their coursework in the spring, summer or fall semesters. All application materials must be received no later than 45 days before the first day of class of the semester. For deadlines and other details, visit


The Restoration Ecology graduate certificate program requires 15 credit hours at $504 per credit hour for a total cost of $7,560. Please be aware, students pursuing graduate certificates are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Need help getting started?

For guidance regarding curriculum choices, admissions policies and deadlines, please contact Dr. Jessica Daniel at or (334) 844-1077 or submit a request for information about our online programs.

Now Accepting Applications

Through distance education and online learning, our expert faculty prepare students to address complex natural resources-related topics and issues that are highly impactful to our society and environment. Our curriculum is convenient and flexible for students of diverse academic backgrounds who wish to advance professionally.

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Quick Facts

  • May be completed in less than 3 years
  • A fraction of the cost of a graduate degree
  • Only 15 credit hours required
  • Credit may be applied to a graduate degree
  • No GRE required for enrollment
  • Enrollment open spring, summer and fall!

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