ESS Graduate Degrees

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability is one of five academic departments in Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources , the most comprehensive natural resources college in the nation. The Department brings together top faculty leading global research in ecosystem science and sustainability and watershed science. Students engage in field work, laboratory training, and technical instruction to examine and explore the sustainability of local, regional and global resources.  CSU’s campus is located along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, providing students with unique access to a wide variety of ecosystems, such as alpine, subalpine, montane, foothills and shortgrass steppe, that serve as living classrooms for hands-on learning.

Graduates have a strong record of employment and acceptance to leading Ph.D. programs after graduation, with graduates holding positions in federal, state, and local natural resource agencies, consulting firms, nongovernmental organizations, industry, teaching, and research.

Ecosystem Sustainability Graduate Program


Ecosystem Sustainability aims to understand the complexity and broad spectrum of ecological and social factors interacting to shape the future of our ecosystems and societies.  The Ecosystem Sustainability MS and Ph.D. programs enable students to develop core competencies in ecosystem science – the study of interactions between organisms and the environment – and apply that knowledge to address real‐world issues.  The program provides students with the training to develop and implement solutions to global problems related to water resources, food supplies, energy, greenhouse gas management, land use change, and climate change. READ MORE

Master of Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting


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.  READ MORE

Watershed Science Graduate Program


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 and Ph.D. programs are 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.  READ MORE

Master’s in Greenhouse Gas Management and Accounting
Sequential Degree Program (4+1)

The MGMA Sequential Degree Program allows undergraduates in certain CSU Bachelor’s degree programs to begin studies in the MGMA program while they are still undergraduates, for a 4+1 Bachelors plus Masters degree track. READ MORE