Complex Issues, Comprehensive Solutions

The Rausser College of Natural Resources offers a burgeoning number of programs for professionals who are already working on the front lines of social, economic, and environmental issues in a changing world. Led by faculty from across UC Berkeley's academic disciplines, our programs offer participants the chance to expand their networks, prepare for career transitions, and become leaders in their fields.

For more information about the programs listed below as well as upcoming professional development programs in the fields of sustainability, health science, and the natural resources, visit the College's International and Executive Programs website.


People from diverse cultures, listening.

A cohort of the Bearhs Environmental Leadership Program listens at a welcome ceremony. Photo: Jim Block

The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (Beahrs ELP)

The Beahrs ELP offers a unique and unparalleled three-week summer certificate course for mid-career practitioners and decision-makers to expand their knowledge and perspectives on environmental and natural resource science, policy, management, and leadership. Program participants can utilize connections with UC Berkeley faculty and the program's alumni community of more than 731 members from 114 countries for post-training collaboration on projects in conservation and sustainable development. Alumni of the ELP become part of a global network of leaders, and continue receive support after they complete the program.


a group of people looking at a laptop

Photo by Mathew Burciaga.

The Master of Climate Solutions (MCS)

Organizations, cities, and states around the world are charting paths to quantify and curtail their carbon emissions and uncovering business avenues within climate solutions. In addition to focusing on reducing their environmental impact, they are proactively crafting robust policies and strategic plans that hinge on the intertwining of environmental stewardship and economic opportunity. The Master of Climate Solutions empowers the next generation of climate and sustainability leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to enact real solutions and create change. The 10 month, in-person program translates fundamental science and groundbreaking discoveries, enabling professionals to learn how to evaluate technologies, develop just climate strategies, and remove barriers to implementing practical climate solutions.


an instructor and students in a teaching kitchen

Photo by Jim Block.

Master of Nutritional Sciences & Dietetics (MNSD)

The 21-month Master of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics (MNSD) program prepares students for a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. The program provides the required coursework and supervised practice hours for Registered Dietitian Nutritionist credentialing examination eligibility. Students will have the opportunity to learn from leaders in the fields of clinical dietetics, research, food, education, policy, and public health. Graduates of any bachelor’s program are welcome to apply for admission as long as they have completed the prerequisite coursework. 


Forestry student in the field

Photo courtesy of Stella Cousins.

Master of Forestry

Offered by Rausser College’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Berkeley’s Master of Forestry degree is the only graduate degree program in California that offers qualifying credit for meeting education and experience requirements for licensing as a Registered Professional Forester in the state The MF degree gives those with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry additional experience for licensing as well as a foundation in the essentials of professional forest management. Those without a Bachelor of Science in Forestry can also be accepted into the program and enrolling in the UCB forestry summer camp program before coming to campus would be important for these students.


Cattle grazing in a green field.

Photo courtesy of Lynn Huntsinger.

Master of Science in Rangeland and Wildlife Management

The Master of Science in Rangeland and Wildlife Management prepares students with a bachelor’s degree in resource management or related disciplines to pursue  advanced study of rangeland and wildlife management and ecology. This program serves as the foundation for a professional career or PhD in grassland, savanna, wetland and/or shrubland ecology and management, native plants, rangeland rehabilitation, conservation easements, wildlife habitat, water quality issues, working landscapes, rangeland economics and policy, or related topics.


A workshop with participants sitting at computers looking at an instructor with a projection behind her

Photo by Julie Gipple.

Customized Programs

Create a unique learning experience for your organization with the Rausser College of Natural Resources. In addition to offering open enrollment programs for both domestic and international visitors, the College works one-on-one with your organization to design custom programs that address regional, professional, and subject-specific needs. These programs are tailored to meet the specific learning styles, timelines, and objectives of our clients. By leveraging the expertise of industry leaders and resources from all the UC campuses and our collaborators within industry, we provide unparalleled opportunities for learning, innovation, and growth.

The Berkeley Master of Development Practice (MDP)

Launched at Rausser College and now hosted at the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Berkeley Master of Development Practice prepares international development practitioners with the skills, perspectives, decision-making tools, and foundation of scientific knowledge needed to forge new and more effective paths toward sustainable development.  This 2-year professional program trains future development practitioners who will implement new ideas to meet the challenges of sustainable development.