Three graduate certificates available at the University of Montana may be particularly appropriate to take alongside* the masters degree in environmental philosophy. They offer a way to gain an additional credential to complement your graduate degree in philosophy. In some cases, the certificate may require an additional course or two beyond the 36 credits required for your philosophy degree.
The Natural Resources Conflict Resolution (NRCR) certificate is the only graduate-level certificate program in the Rocky Mountain West (if not the nation) specifically designed to provide students a working knowledge of the theory and practice of collaboration, consensus building, and conflict resolution as they apply to natural resources and the environment. Students will learn how to: i) foster meaningful citizen participation 2) promote deliberative dialogue 3) negotiate effective agreements; 4) resolve multi-party disputes; 5) design and manage collaborative processes; and 6) practice collaborative leadership. The certificate requires 12 credits and the NRCR Practicum stands in for the philosophy internship. Details about the certificate can be found here.
This graduate certificate is administered by the Wilderness Management Distance Education Program at the University's W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation. The certificate provides students and professionals with training and expertise in the key topics related to wilderness management. Online courses cover the history and philosophy of the wilderness system, wilderness law and policy, wilderness recreation management, wilderness ecosystem conservation and resource monitoring, and wilderness planning. Be aware that course requirements for this graduate certificate CAN NOT be completed entirely within the masters degree. You will need to take one additional course as part of this certificate in addition to the 36 credits required for the masters in environmental philosophy. Since the Wilderness Management certificate is online there may be some flexibility for you to integrate these courses around the masters degree. Speak carefully with your advisor about how you can complete the requirements for both the masters degree and the graduate certificate.
Students who enroll in this graduate certificate explore links between environmental philosophy and questions of gender, race, and class. The twelve credit certificate requires one core course in the humanities and one in the social sciences. The other six credits are determined in discussion with the certificate director. Depending on the topics offered in the environmental philosophy program in any given year, the certificate may be achievable within the 36 credits of coursework in the Master's degree (though this is not guaranteed).
(*Sequencing of courses is always dependent on variables such as faculty sabbaticals, unanticipated revisions of course scheduling, and other contingencies. While in ordinary circumstances your sequence of courses should be compatible with these certificates, working closely with an advisor will help ensure that you can complete the required courses in a timely fashion.)