Land Management

Land Management Online Undergraduate Certificate

About Land Management

Accelerate your expertise in oil- and gas-related land management

The 100% online Land Management Certificate at California University of Pennsylvania is an accelerated program for students who want to prepare for a career in the land management industry. You must have at least a high school diploma to apply to this program; no previous college credit is required.

This certificate program offers a specialized focus on jurisprudence and legal topics in conjunction with courses in oil- and gas-related land management, surface and sub-surface geology, and geographic information systems (GIS).

Build strong skills for specialized careers.

Led by expert faculty, the online certificate in land management program equips successful graduates with broad knowledge and valuable skills. While the oil and gas industry is currently facing setbacks, experts are optimistic about a comeback. Even with the current decline, there are still twice as many oil and gas jobs in Pennsylvania now than before the Marcellus shale boom.

 Studying land management at Cal U prepares you for many career opportunities with:

  • Energy (oil and gas) companies such as Range Resources.
  • Law firms and title companies.
  • Real estate development and management companies.
  • Utility companies.
  • Positions such as third-party contract support, property manager, leasing manager and title abstractor.


Solid foundation: The specialized focus on land management features such courses as: Oil and Gas Law, Surface and Subsurface Geology for Land Management, and Land Management Administration.

Stipends available: Five stipends of $2,000 each are available for students who enroll in the Land Management Certificate program.  This assistance is made available through a grant from The Community Foundation of Fayette County - The Chevron Community Fund. Recipients must be residents of Greene County or Fayette County. 

Learn more about applying

U.S. News & World Report 2017 ranks Cal U at #6 among the best online bachelor's degree programs in the nation. 
SR Education Group ( ranks Cal U's online bachelor's degree programs at #8 on its 2017 list of Most Affordable Online Colleges. 
Degree icon.

Degree Benefits

The program is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of positions within the Marcellus shale industry in Pennsylvania, as well as for oil, gas and petroleum jobs elsewhere in the country.

  • Faculty members have top academic credentials and extensive legal experience in the oil and gas
Cap icon.

Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's certificate curriculum in land management is applicable to a range of positions:

  • Staff landman.
  • Operations landman.
  • In-house energy company support staff.
  • Third-party contractor support staff.
  • Property managers.
  • Leasing managers and title abstractors.
Land Management Online Bachelor's Certificate
Dr. Christina A. Toras

Recognized Leaders

Cal U professors have been recognized by the oil and gas industry: Dr. Christina A. Toras, department chair and associate professor, was honored with a Women in Natural Gas (WING) award, which recognizes women employed in the shale oil and gas industry who participate in community outreach and demonstrate other leadership qualities.

Scale of Justice in front of a bookshelf.

Distinctive Degree

In addition to the certificate, students also have the option of earning the B.A. in Jurisprudence with a concentration in land management. This online degree is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or who have completed a minimum of 40 semester credit hours. Cal U works with many other institutions and is ready to help students make a smooth transfer to our university. Completing your degree online lets you balance work and other responsibilities while learning at your own pace.

Hands typing on a keyboard.

Professional Tools

Land management students in the B.A. in Jurisprudence degree program learn to use important tools to help their work in the future. They receive a free online subscription to Westlaw through Cal U's Manderino Library to use in projects to develop strong legal research skills. In addition, students are provided with specialized GIS software, which combines database functions with computer mapping to map and analyze geographic data.

Land Management Courses

Example Courses
  • Administrative Law
  • Land Management and Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Surface Geology for Land Management
  • Subsuface Geology for Land Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Spatial Land Data in the Oil and Gas Industry


Admission Requirements

Online Bachelor's Degree in Jurisprudence Concentration


Land Management Faculty

Dr. Kyle C. Fredrick

View profile
Dr. Thomas R. Mueller

View profile
Dr. Christina A. Toras, J.D., M.A.
Professor, Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy

View profile
Michael Vennum, J.D.

View profile