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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 graduate certificate from Auburn University students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours of online coursework.   Students are required to take the introductory course in Restoration Ecology (FOWS 7216) and then may choose from any of the following six courses as electives: Wildlife-Human Conflicts (WILD 6416), Forest History (FOWS 7226), Forest Stand Dynamics (FOWS 7236), Fire Ecology (FOWS 7246),  Longleaf Pine Ecology and Management (FOWS 7256), Forest Wetlands Restoration (FOWS 7266) Fall Semester (Summer Semester 2020 = FOWS6266).


To participate in the Restoration Ecology certificate program, students must apply to 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 SFWS 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.  They must submit an official transcript for the highest degree they currently hold.  International applicants must also submit an English proficiency score.


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 more information on Graduate Admissions Policies and Deadlines please contact Dr. Jessica Daniel at or (334) 844-1077.  Specific questions concerning the Restoration Ecology Certificate and courses can be address to Dr. Becky Barlow at or (334) 844-1019.

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

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