Graduate Programs

HDNR Research-Based MS and Ph.D Degrees

The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) offers a research-based graduate program that is designed to educate and develop professionals in social science aspects of natural resources issues. The program develops professionals who will work and become leaders in the field both through research and practice. The Department offers a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. The Master of Science degree generally takes two years to complete. The Doctor of Philosophy degree takes about three years to complete.

Please note that even though the University's Graduate School accepts Spring applications, only Fall admissions to the Graduate Program in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources will be considered.
For general study or application questions please contact the department. 
If you have a specific question please contact our Graduate Coordinator Dr. Alan Bright.

Master of Science in Conservation Leadership

Earth ChildThe Conservation Leadership through Learning (CLTL) program is an 18-month Master’s of Science in Conservation Leadership degree which prepares leaders to address complex conservation issues at local, regional, and global scales. The program includes two semesters of fulltime coursework followed by a Capstone Project.
The coursework in CLTL prepares you to work in the conservation field by developing new skills and knowledge, such as leadership skills, collaboration techniques to bring together diverse stakeholders, communication techniques, and innovative methods for achieving conservation goals. The Capstone Project gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge to a real conservation issue by working with a community partner to develop a project deliverable that helps the organization further their conservation work.
CLTL is built around principles of experiential learning, inter-disciplinary instruction, and applied approaches. Our students work closely with a network of practitioners and organizations throughout the program. CLTL is the option for individuals seeking to make a difference in the lives and ecosystems of our planet. For more information, please visit our or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Master of Tourism Management

The Master of Tourism Management is an HDNR Plan C Master's Degree program and offers innovative coursework in sustainable practices, business, marketing, and other vital topics. Classroom learning will emphasize interactive discussion and opportunities to connect with professionals and experts with experience from around the world. A complementary online learning platform provides additional resources to expand education beyond the classroom.
This nine-month Master of Tourism Management provides a unique opportunity for students to acquire the requisite skills to start their own tourism enterprise or to obtain upper-management positions in public, commercial, or nonprofit organizations providing tourism services. Our students learn how to responsibly engage in the tourism industry at local, national, and international levels. This degree responds to a growing need for higher-level education in the travel and tourism industry, including specifically nature-based tourism. Students learn to apply sound principles of sustainability to business planning and operations while gaining a strong foundation in tourism management best practices.

Click here for more information on our 9 month cohort-based hybrid program.

There is also an online version of the Master of Tourism Management degree available.

Ski Area Management  (SKAMP) Graduate Certificate

The Ski Area Management Program (SKAMP) is the only ski area-specific program offered at a graduate-level in North America. It is a 12 credit, online graduate certificate that incorporates relevant industry knowledge and best practices, as provided directly from ski area managers and operators.

This program is designed to be flexible and affordable so that you can work towards turning your passion for skiing and the mountain lifestyle into a rewarding, lifelong career. Through teaching sound financial practices, human resource management skills, the impact of policy on ski area management, the importance of positive stakeholder relationships, and how to balance the priorities and demands of operating within a pristine alpine environment, this graduate certificate will help you to different yourself from your peers as you move into middle-senior level management positions.

It is currently an exciting time to be in the ski industry, with skier participation and ski area revenue on the rise. If you are passionate about skiing and also the business of skiing, click here for more information.