12 months
683 USD/credit 10928 USD/year
683 USD/credit 10928 USD/year
456 USD/credit 7296 USD/year
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The Environmental and Resource Economics program from Portland State University teaches students the critical connections between economics and key environmental issues.

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It offers an introduction to important analytical tools, including cost-benefit analysis. Students in the certificate are both mid-career professionals and any student in a Master's degree program at PSU.

The GCERE offers small classes and expert faculty. GCERE faculty have done years of research in areas including:

  • Nepal
  • Ethiopia
  • coral reefs in Okinawa, Japan
  • land conservation related to climate change
  • economic impacts of fracking

The Environmental and Resource Economics program from Portland State University is unique because, in just one year, mid-career and Master’s degree students can learn the essential features of environmental and resource economics. Students learn the most important theories, methods, and ideas where economics and the environment meet.


The students are both current Master’s students and mid-career professionals. Master’s students use it to round out their education with an emphasis on the environment and resource economics. Professionals use the certificate to advance or make changes in their careers. Both combine the degree with other education and skills to get environmentally-related jobs that require environmental problem analysis skills from an economic perspective. These jobs include:

  • environmental and energy managers
  • analysts
  • advocates

Students also use the degree to see how they like the field and go on for Ph.D.’s or Masters's degrees that offer more in-depth training.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economics of Sustainability: Theory and Practice
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Advanced Environmental Economics
  • Resource Economics
  • Business Environmental Management
  • Public Utility Economics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


16 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be considered for regular admission, applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or the equivalent (on the U.S. 4.0 scale) from the degree granting institution(s). Applicants who have earned 9 or more letter-graded graduate credits must have a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 or the equivalent; this graduate GPA supersedes the undergraduate GPA. 
  • Copies of official degree certificate/diploma
  • Certified translation of transcripts
  • Financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    10928 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 683 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    7296 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 456 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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