University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Protected Area Management Graduate Certificate

The Protected Area Management Distance Education Program (PAMDEP) graduate certificate provides students and professionals with training and expertise in the key topics related to protected area management. Courses cover the history and philosophy of the global protected area system, laws and policy and international conventions.

Students learn management planning, managing visitors and tourists, the ecological imperatives of protected areas, sustainability and community-based conservation. These courses provide the necessary foundation for students to pursue a career in protected area management. Courses are offered via distance learning (online and correspondence) through the W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation.

Graduate Certificate - Protected Area Management


Required Courses15
Total Hours15

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Required Courses

Note: A field experience/research project is also required for each participant.

Complete all of the following courses:
PTRM 525Evolving Foundations of Protected Area Management3
PTRM 526Protected Area Planning in an Era of Turbulence & Complexity: Concepts & Principles3
PTRM 527Global Ecology, Conservation & Natural Resource Management in a Changing World3
PTRM 528Tourism & Protected Area Management: Striving for Sustainability3
PTRM 529Program management and application planning3
Total Hours15