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Program Title: Graduate Certificate Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology
Institution: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (Arkansas)
Program Transitional Page
Program Description: The UA's Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology Graduate Certificate program is designed for working professionals who hold an undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree who want to expand their knowledge in their discipline and for students who are planning to work in this field when they graduate. It is also intended to benefit traditional graduate programs through additional course availability. Students may take courses without pursuing the B.S.T. certificate to strengthen their plan of study in conventional graduate degree programs. The program serves the needs of emerging “green” energy industries and provides post-baccalaureate educational opportunities for industry practitioners who do not require a full graduate degree program. Private industry actively recruits individuals with specific training in sustainability, biomass supply chain management, and sustainable energy conversion technologies. Faculty from four institutions within the consortium, who have expertise in this discipline, teach the courses.
States Authorized: NC-SARA approved institution. Is a member of SREB’s SECRRA reciprocity agreement with the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.
Program Information: This program's delivery mode is: Internet
   Course is 100% online.
Transitional Page Website: http://

Institution Information

Institution Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
Program Accreditation: None

Program Details

Program Level: Graduate
Degree Type: Graduate Certificate
For Credit: This program is offered for academic credit.
Program Enrollment Capacity: 50
Application Deadline: Open Application Deadline
Subject: Agricultural Production Operations

Methods of Instruction

  This program is delivered primarily through Internet
  Students and Instructors use the following to communicate: Email, Videos, Discussion boards, Online Chat Rooms

Program Requirements

On-Campus Requirements: None
Technical Requirements: Before starting your online course, make sure that your computer meets minimal requirements for hardware and software. Basically, either a PC or Mac that has been bought within the last 2 - 3 years should meet the minimum hardware requirements. The following items are a must: •A minimum of 500 MB of RAM, but 1 -3 GB recommended •A screen resolution of at least 1024 by 768 pixels •Access to the Internet - High Speed recommended •Speakers and headset with microphone - Webcam recommended
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Student Support and Resources: The University of Arkansas Career Development Center in the division of student affairs provides services to distance education students. Skilled staff work with students to help them transition into the workplace. The center works with students with employers and alumni and provides tools to help students be competitive in the job market. Visit the Student resources website for more information: The combined holdings of the University Libraries total more than 2 million volumes of books and periodicals and 5.5 million microforms. The Libraries received more than 53,700 serial publications by subscription and gift. Other resources include several thousand maps, numerous pamphlets, manuscripts, sound and video recordings, as well as electronic databases and journals. Visit the library's website for more information. Student resources website is here:
Financial Aid Resources: The mission of the Office of Financial Aid is to ease the financial burden of a college education and to make that education accessible for students from all financial backgrounds. We will assist prospective and current students by collecting and processing information, creating the best possible financial aid package for each individual student in a timely manner. We will help keep students informed of all current federal government regulations and changes in those regulations. We will keep accurate records for each student and make that information readily accessible while maintaining confidentiality. By keeping lines of communication open, we will work towards maximum customer service and office efficiency for the benefit of the University community and outside agencies. You should contact our financial aid office at 479-575-3806 for information. We also suggest you speak with the financial aid office at your home institution. Visit our website here:
Prerequisites and Special Program Requirements: Offered in collaboration with the Great Plains AG*Idea consortium - Interdisciplinary coursework in core areas: bioprocessing/conversion, feedstocks and sustainability
Advising Information and Resources: Advising and mentoring services are available via e-mail, telephone, and/or web conferencing. The method used depends on the professor. All students have an academic advisor to develop an individualized plan of study to complete all degree requirements.
Program Transfer Policies: 1. The course must have been regularly offered by a regionally accredited graduate school. 2. The course must have been a bona fide graduate level course, approved for graduate credit and taught by a member of the graduate faculty. 3. The student desiring to transfer graduate credit must have been enrolled as a graduate student in the graduate school at the institution offering the course. 4. The course must appear on an official transcript as graduate credit from the institution offering the course. 5. The course grade must be a “B” or “A.” (The student’s grade point average does NOT include grades on transfer courses.) 6. The course must be recommended by the student’s major adviser and be applicable to the degree requirement at the University of Arkansas. 7. The course must not have been taken by correspondence or for extension credit. 8. The course must be acceptable to the department concerned and to the Graduate Dean. 9. The student must have satisfied the 24-week residence requirements. (The student must have satisfactorily completed a total of 24 hours of graded graduate course work taken in residence.) 10. The course must have been taken within the time limit of the student’s program at the University of Arkansas. 11. Credit from foreign universities is typically not acceptable for transfer because of academic and procedural differences between U.S. regionally accredited and foreign institutions, but petition may be made to the Graduate Dean on a case by case basis.
Maximum Number of Credits Transferable: To research how credits from most U.S. colleges/universities have transferred in the past, browse the university’s Transfer Equivalency page:
Other Program Specific Information: None

Adult Learners

Adult Learner Resources: Online courses are designed by the academic colleges and schools at the University of Arkansas to produce the same learning outcomes as traditional, on-campus courses. Online courses provide students with the flexibility to combine family, work and school responsibilities. The Veterans Resource and Information Center serves as the central point of contact for prospective or current University of Arkansas student veterans needing assistance with the admissions process, applying for military educational benefits and scholarships, and referrals to various academic departments around campus. For more information visit
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Admissions and Enrollment

Admissions Requirements: Please see Graduate School: The BST Certificate is for professionals who already hold an undergraduate degree and can be considered for admission with a degree in any field. Moreover, the BST Certificate is also intended to benefit traditional graduate programs through additional course availability. Students may take courses without pursuing the BST Certificate to strengthen their plan of study in conventional graduate degree programs. Please call the Faculty Contact, Julie Carrier, at 479-575-2542.
Admissions Office Website:
Application Requirements: To complete the application process and to ensure that your application is processed in a timely manner, you are encouraged to submit all application materials in one large envelope. Please do not mail items separately. Your self-managed application packet should include the following (make sure your name and social security number are on all items) and be mailed to the Office of Graduate and International Admissions, 213 Ozark Hall, 340 N. Campus Drive, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701: -One official transcript from every college and university attended in a sealed envelope that has been sent directly to you. -If you choose not to pay the application fee online via credit card, please enclose a check or money order (payable to University of Arkansas) for $40.00. Degree-seeking applicants should submit the following items: -Standardized test score (e.g. GRE code 6866) -Letters of recommendation are now automated, and you will receive an email request to list your recommenders if the program you are applying for requires reference letters. We will contact them directly and request submission. Please submit the following directly to the program you are applying for: -Statement of interest -Application for Assistantship if seeking assistantship consideration -
Enrollment Procedures:
  • Students need to be admitted to the institution before program registration.
  • Students can apply for admission via the Internet.
  • Students can register for this program via the Internet.

Credits and Schedule Details

Project Schedule: Students seeking the Bioenergy and Sustainable Technology graduate certificate will be required to take and pass nine credit hours of core courses and at least six hours of elective credits for a minimum of 15 credit hours. Students will work with their institutional advisors to develop a plan of study most beneficial to the student. The program can be completed in 2 years; Course Schedule: Program Overview:
Additional Admission and Schedule Information: None
Total Number of Credit Hours to Earn a Degree: 15 Credit hours
Special Credit Arrangements for the Program: None

Cost Details

Average Course Costs: In-state:


Electronic rate: $1,590.00
The in-state and out-of-state rates are the same

Tuition rates for certain schools in Texas.
Materials Required and Other Tuition and Fee Considerations: Courses associated with the AG*IDEA Consortium are charged at a special consortium rate of $1,590.00 per course.

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