University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Natural Resource Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate

The University of Montana Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy directs an interdisciplinary Natural Resource Conflict Resolution Program – the only graduate-level program in the nation specifically designed to provide students a working knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of preventing and resolving disputes related to the integration of social, economic, and environmental interests. The program is co-sponsored by University of Montana Graduate SchoolSchool of Business AdministrationW.A. Franke College of Forestry and ConservationSchool of Law, and College of Humanities and Sciences. It is administered by the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation and directed by the Center for Natural Resource and Environmental Policy.

Graduate Certificate - Natural Resource Conflict Resolution


Required Courses9
Total Hours15

Degree Specific Credits: 15

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:
LAW 613Natural Resource Conflict Resolution3
NRSM 515Collaborative Skills for Natural Resource Leaders3
ENST 579Collaborative Conservation3


Natural Resource Governance

Complete three credits of the following courses:3
Introduction to Environmental Law
Planning Principles & Processes
Environmental Planning
Natural Resource Policy and Administration
NRSM 424
or NRSM 524
Water Policy
Environment & Development
Environment & Development
Political Ecology
Perspectives in Human Dimensions
Sustainable Protected Area Management and Tourism
Public Administration
Policy Analysis
Organization Theory
Administrative Law
Special Topics
Special Topics
Total Hours3

Broadening Your Perspective

Complete three credits of the following courses:3
Communication and Conflict
Risk, Crisis, and Communication
Seminar: Rhetoric & Environmental Controversy
Economics of the Environment
Scientific Approaches to Environmental Problems
Conservation Without Borders
Seminar in Planning
The American West
Journalism and Society Seminar
Alternative Dispute Resolution
International Conservation & Development
Special Topics
PSCI 550
Total Hours3