Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting

MGMA Overview
A new job market is emerging for professionals who can assist corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations with implementation of more sustainable practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Colorado State University’s Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting degree program combines the environmental knowledge with the analytical and technical skills needed to launch a successful career tackling climate change issues. Students in the program gain practical knowledge through coursework and field-based training, as well as real-world experience through professional internships. This interdisciplinary degree is appropriate for students from a wide variety of backgrounds – such as environmental studies, forestry, business, engineering, and agriculture – to gain the experience needed for rewarding careers.

MGMA Curriculum Quick facts
  • 37 credit hours
  • Typically completed in three semesters, plus a one semester internship
  • Coursework only format (no thesis)
  • Find MGMA coursework and course descriptions on the MGMA Curriculum page

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is committed to:

“stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system. Such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner.” (Paris Agreement, signed April 22, 2016)

Training in accurate quantification of greenhouse gas mitigation efforts is central to deployment of cleaner technologies and practices across all sectors of the economy. Every nation in the world has recognized the importance of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and agreed that emissions must be reduced. This goal cannot be achieved without a new class of technically adept professionals. The MGMA degree will provide students with knowledge and experience necessary to launch successful careers and tackle these challenges.  The program leverages world-leading greenhouse gas and climate change expertise from across CSU and enables students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, such as environmental studies, business, engineering, natural resources or agriculture, to develop the skills needed for emerging professions in greenhouse gas management and accounting.

Graduate fellowships (US citizens only) and teaching assistantships are available to support incoming students!

Program Leads
Dr. Richard Conant’s research focuses on understanding the feedbacks between human activities and ecosystem biogeochemistry. Specifically, he is interested in how land use and land management practices impact carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural and grassland ecosystems. He believes that knowledge about the relationship between human activities and ecosystem ecology can empower policy makers to make wise decisions with respect to biogeochemistry and ecosystem services. He is involved in efforts to develop indicators of ecological condition for ecosystems close to home and contributes to state, national, and international efforts to develop tools to accurately quantify human impacts on the carbon cycle. Dr. Conant earned his Ph.D at Arizona State University in 1997.

Dr. Stephen Ogle
is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University.  Dr. Ogle is a leader in research dealing with assessments of land use and management impacts on biogeochemical processes. Currently, he is the lead compiler on the U.S. national assessment of agricultural land use and management impacts on greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 and N2O, which is used for reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Dr. Ogle has worked on international syntheses and reports through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including the 2006 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidelines and Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change(Mitigation).

CSU Requirements, Applications, and Deadlines for Admission
To be considered for admission to the MGMA program, applicants must submit an official application to the CSU Graduate School. MGMA applicants must meet CSU Graduate School Admission Requirements and follow published Deadlines for Admission to the university.

The preferred MGMA application deadline for Fall Admission is February 1st for full consideration.  Begin the application process -- Apply Now!

Admissions Criteria for MGMA Applicants
Required admission criteria for applicants includes:

GPA of 3.0 or higher
(Preferred 3.5 GPA or higher.)

GRE General Test scores
(Preferred scores in the 70th percentile or higher.)

Undergraduate degree in a related field
(Undergraduate degrees in unrelated fields may require additional coursework.)

Need Additional Information?
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