Environmental and Social Systems Modeling Graduate Certificate

Michigan State University

Date Posted: Dec. 17, 2020
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Tags: modeling
Program Type: Graduate Certificate/Diploma


The Environment and Science Policy Program (ESPP) at Michigan State University (MSU) informs students of modeling techniques for addressing socio-environmental issues in complex systems. This module of courses exposes students to cutting-edge techniques, including agent-based modeling, system dynamics modeling, participatory model-building, hierarchical linear modeling, and structural equation modeling. The program's objective is to build a solid foundation in the theory of models and complex systems and provide hands-on experience with model design, development, and evaluation geared toward specific research topics across disciplines. The coursework culminates in an interdisciplinary team-taught capstone seminar on case-based group research that will address a selected practical policy problem using an ensemble of appropriate modeling tools.