Central Washington University

Cultural and Environmental Resource Management

Department Website www.cwu.edu/resource-management

Cultural and Environmental Resource Management (CERM) is an applied, interdisciplinary Masters of Science program at Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg, Washington. Geography as well as Anthropology, Economics, Biology, Communications, Geology, History, and Political Science faculty participate in this program with emphases in cultural and environmental resources. Coursework in the program develops a strong foundation in resource management issues, policy and law, conflict management, resource analysis, and research proposal development. Students are responsible for conducting original research to complete a Master’s thesis with a strong emphasis on fieldwork. Students are also encouraged to participate in regional and national meetings to present research, build networks, and seek future employment or academic opportunities. CERM graduates work for public agencies, Indian tribes, private firms, and non-governmental organizations shaping natural and cultural resource management and policy throughout the western United States. A significant number of our graduates also go on to earn PhD’s. The CERM program is housed in an award-winning, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified green building on CWU Ellensburg’s campus. Ellensburg is situated along the Yakima River in the Kittitas Basin, a setting transitional to the Cascade Range and Puget Sound to the west and the semi-arid Columbia Plateau to the east. This community of ~17,000 lies 100 miles east of Seattle.

For more information on how to apply for the WRGP resident tuition rate for this program, please contact:

Jennifer Lipton, Co-Director
Department of Geography
Central Washington University
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7420
(509) 963-1164

Degrees Available