ESS Graduate Programs

Master of Science, Watershed Science

Watershed science is the interdisciplinary study of the physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect the quantity, quality, and flux of water. Such hydrologic changes have important implications for other natural resources that depend on water. The Watershed Science MS program is internationally renowned, and the completion of a graduate degree is excellent preparation for a career in governmental agencies, private industry, teaching, or research. The strong placement record and extensive alumni network attest to the quality and relevance of the graduate program. Employment opportunities at all levels are excellent and diverse.
Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA)
The Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting (MGMA) degree is a Plan C (professional / no thesis) degree that provides students with knowledge and experience necessary to launch successful careers and contribute to tackling the challenges of greenhouse gas quantification and mitigation. The program leverages world-leading greenhouse gas and climate change expertise from across CSU and enables students from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds to develop the skills needed for emerging professions in greenhouse gas management and accounting.
Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Watershed Science specialization
A Ph.D. program in Earth Sciences with a Watershed Science specialization is offered through the Department of Geosciences. Student applications will be formally handled there, and admitted students will be officially enrolled in that department.  Faculty members from the Department of Ecosystem Science & Sustainability and the Department of Geosciences will advise students in the Watershed Science specialization. Prospective Ph.D. students should visit both departmental websites to identify likely advisors and contact them directly for further information about Ph.D. opportunities.
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Why Colorado State University?

Colorado State University provides a unique setting for the study of watershed science. The university is within easy access of five ecosystem types: alpine, subalpine, montane, foothills and shortgrass steppe.

Colorado State University is known as a "green" university for its sustainability efforts on campus and abroad. Colorado State earned the highest STARS score among 129 reporting universities nationwide. CSU's score affirms its position as a leader among institutions of higher education in sustainable research, education, operations, planning and student engagement. Colorado State submitted a score of 77.73 out of 100 possible points, earning the university a Gold rating and the current top score nationwide among the 129 universities who have reported to date. View the university's full report here.

CSU has been named one of the top dozen "bicycle-friendly" universities in the country in a new ranking by the League of American Bicyclists.

Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to our students, faculty and staff.