PSM Certificate in Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy

The Professional Science Management (PSM) Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Policy is intended to help meet the professional needs of students in the BCP program who are interested in pursuing a career path in management rather than research. Students enrolled in the PSM certificate program take additional coursework in public policy, administration, management and/or business, and they complete an internship that provides relevant experience in these areas.

Acceptance into the PSM Certificate Program

To be eligible for admission to the PSM Certificate program students must be enrolled in the BCP Program and have taken at least 12 credits and passed the Core Examination. In addition, alumni of the BCP Program, who have completed their degree within five years of completing their degree, may also apply for admission to the certificate program.


BCP Coursework: At least half of the course credits accrued in the degree program must be science- and math-based. Biology courses as well as tool based courses in GIS, remote sensing, statistics, and ecological modeling meet this criteria.

Professional Skills (PSM “Plus”) Courses [9 credits]:  a minimum of nine earned credits from the following courses is required, as determined by collaboration between student and advisor:

    • BACC 518 Accounting for Managers (3)
    • BBUS 523 Presentation Skills (1)
    • BMGT 513 Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills (3)
    • BMGT 514 Human Resources Management (3)
    • RPAD 501 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
    • RPAD 503 (RPUB 503) Principles of Public Economics (4)
    • RPAD 506 Foundations of Public Management (4)
    • RPUB 514 Economics for Public Affairs II (4)


Internship: The internship is combined with Master’s thesis research, such that an appropriate agency or organization serves as the basis for planning and conducting empirical research for the thesis. The internship thesis option requires that the student have both a thesis advisor and an internship advisor (who sits on the thesis committee).