Environmental Hazard Mitigation and Restoration

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Environmental Hazard Mitigation and Restoration is a unique blend of the disciplines of emergency and disaster management and environmental science and restoration. This online program introduces you to response and recovery functions, and restoration of damaged lands or habitat. You’ll also learn principles of ecological restoration in the post-disaster environment, and how to assess and navigate the complex relationships between societies and their use of natural resources.  

This online certificate is intended for graduate students who want to expand their knowledge of environmental hazard mitigation and restoration without committing to a degree program.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Emergency and disaster theories, planning, and management
  • Environmental program and project laws, regulations, and policies
  • Causes of global environmental change and its effects
  • Hazard mitigation, including policies and programs
  • Restoration ecology
  • Environmental toxicology

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Define the principles of ecological restoration and hazard mitigation.
  • Analyze the complex and dynamic interactions between humans and their environment.
  • Explain the role of government policy at municipal, regional, national, and global levels to achieve sustainable natural disaster response and environmental mitigation.
  • Apply theoretical concepts of emergency and disaster management planning to complex environmental problems and issues.
  • Apply principles of ecological restoration in the post-disaster environment.
  • Critically analyze complex and often competing social, environmental, and economic interests in developing hazard mitigation and restoration plans.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Graduate Tuition Rates  

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

As an accredited university, we accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.