Non-degree Continuing Education

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Are you looking for professional development or want to give graduate school a try before committing to a certificate or degree program? Try a course or two from the Environmental Assessment Program as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student.

The Graduate Certificate in Environmental Assessment is a 12 credit-hour distance-education based program at NC State University focused on assisting environmental professionals to stay abreast of new technologies and current government regulations. The online courses may be taken on a course-by-course basis for professional development or as part of a certificate or degree program.

The Master in Environmental Assessment is a 30 credit-hour distance education program that bridges the gap between scientific research and the use of science in decision-making, regulation and environmental management. By understanding and evaluating the sources, fate and effects of pollutants in the environment, professionals can develop a scientific basis for assessing risks and thus support regulatory, enforcement and remedial-action decisions.

Recommended Stand-Alone Courses

Want to take a course to see if you’re truly interested in a graduate-level certificate or degree program? Take EA 502 Environmental Risk Assessment. Looking for real-world skills that your employer will recognize? Take 590 Data Analysis in Environmental Assessment. Thinking about a master’s degree in environmental assessment? Start with EA 501 Environmental Stressors.

The following are recommended courses that serve as an introduction to graduate certificate and degree programs:

  • EA 501 Environmental Stressors
  • EA 502 Environmental Risk Assessment
  • EA 505 Environmental Law and Policy
  • EA 590 Data Analysis in Environmental Assessment

NDS Requirements

Those interested in taking individual graduate-level courses without enrolling in a degree or certificate program must first enroll as a Post Baccalaureate Studies (PBS) Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student.

For prospective students considering a graduate certificate or degree program, up to two of the courses can be taken for credit as an NDS student and transferred to a program if the prospective student then choses to enroll in the program. Grades earned as an NDS may be transferred to another institution based on that institution’s transfer policy.


  • All NDS students applying to courses in a graduate program at NC State must have a bachelor’s degree. See details on our Apply page.
  • Students that want courses taken as an NDS student applied to a certificate or degree program may transfer in up to 6 (six) credits towards a graduate certificate and up to 12 (twelve) credits to a master’s degree program, assuming they have a GPA or a B or better (not B-).
  • Students that want courses taken as an NDS student applied to a certificate or degree program must complete the program within the time requirements. Those pursuing a graduate certificate must finish the program within four years of taking the first course applied to the certificate, and those pursuing a master’s degree must finish within six years of taking the first course applied to the degree program.

Ready to Get Started?

Enrolling at NC State as a non-degree student is an excellent way to continue your lifelong education. All of the courses in Environmental Assessment are open to non-degree students that meet the prerequisites for the intended course.
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