The Professional Science Masters in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (PSM-ESS) leverages world-leading greenhouse gas, climate change, water resource, and food-systems expertise from across Colorado State University (CSU) and helps students acquire the skills and knowledge they need to make a difference. The aim of the PSM-ESS program is to prepare young professionals to enter the field to put solutions into practice. The CSU PSS-ESS AMP allows undergraduates in certain CSU bachelor’s degree programs to begin studies in the PSM-ESS program while they are still undergraduates.
Why should students consider applying? Students with strong scholarly and professional interests in climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, water resources, and food system sustainability can begin their graduate education while they are still undergraduates to more quickly pursue their career goals.
Curriculum for Professional Science Master's in Ecosystem Science & Sustainability
|ESS 501||Principles of Ecosystem Sustainability||3|
|STAR 511||Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I||4|
|Select one course from the following:|
|ESS 542||Greenhouse Gas Policies||2|
|WR 512||Water Law for Non-Lawyers||3|
|Data Tools and Quantitative Analysis Electives||12|
Suggested Course Sequencing for PSM – AMP in ESS
Semester 1, Fall Senior Year
- ESS 501 (3 credits)
- ESS 524 or ESS 542 or WR 512 (2-3 credits)
Semester 2, Spring Senior Year
- Electives (3 – 4 Credits)
Upon admission to PSM – AMP
- STAR 511 (4 credits)
- ESS 587 (4 credits)
- 19-20 credits of electives
Frequently Asked Questions
Current CSU students in the following undergraduate degree programs:
- Agricultural Biology
- Animal Science
- Ecosystem Science and Sustainability
- Equine Science
- Environmental & Natural Resource Economics
- Soil & Crop Science
- Watershed Science
CSU students may apply to the PSM-ESS program for contingent admission after completion of two full time-semesters at CSU with at least 45 total credits, but not more than 90 credits earned toward their bachelor’s degree. For transfer students who enter CSU with more than 60 credit hours, contingent admission to the PSM-ESS program may be considered after completion of one full time-semester at CSU.
Undergraduate students must complete the internal AMP application submitted to the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. Final admission to the PSM-ESS Program is granted when students have met the PSM-ESS AMP and Graduate School admissions criteria upon completion of their bachelor’s degree.
With contingent admission to the PSM-ESS program, a student must concurrently complete 9 credits of 500-level graduate coursework in the PSM-ESS-required curriculum, which can also be counted toward bachelor’s degree requirements. Students receiving contingent admission to the PSM-ESS program must obtain a letter grade of B or better for the 9 credits of 500-level coursework they complete as undergraduates.
For all students, a cumulative undergraduate CSU GPA must be 3.25 or higher at the time of application to the program and must be maintained as 3.25 or higher through the completion of the bachelor’s degree. For transfer students, the cumulative undergraduate GPA for all transfer work should also be 3.25 or higher.
After admission to the PSM-ESS, students must meet additional requirements to gain full graduate admission at CSU and be formally admitted to the PSM-ESS graduate program. Those requirements include:
- AMP students must apply to the CSU Graduate School prior to completing the bachelor’s degree, but no earlier than one year before seeking full admission to the PSM-ESS graduate program.
- AMP students must complete their CSU bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Biology, Animal Science, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Equine Science, Soil and Crop Science, or Watershed Science.
- Complete the Graduate School’s GS4 AMP Double Count Courses form prior to completing their undergraduate degree. Find the form on RAMweb under the Graduate School section or on the Graduate School’s Forms webpage.