MGMA SDP

The Colorado State University Masters in Greenhouse Gas Management (MGMA) Sequential Degree Program (SDP) allows undergraduates in certain CSU Bachelors degree programs to begin studies in the MGMA program while they are still undergraduates, for a 4+1 Bachelors plus Masters degree track.

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Students with strong scholarly and professional interests in climate change and greenhouse gas emissions can begin their graduate education while they are still undergraduates—saving both time and money—to more quickly pursue their career goals. There is up to a 24% reduction in graduate tuition costs for SDP students, and the degree can be finished with only one (1) additional year of study beyond the bachelor’s degree and one (1) summer-long professional internship.

Current CSU students and transfer students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Watershed Science, Animal Science, and Soil and Crop Science may apply for the MGMA SDP.

Application deadlines for the MGMA SDP are:

  • Spring semester: April 1st
  • Fall semester: November 1st

Please contact ESS Academic Success Coordinators for program and application information.

The requirements for admission to the MGMA SDP are as follows:
  • CSU students may apply to the MGMA 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.
  • Transfer students may apply to the MGMA program 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 MGMA program may be considered after completion of one full time-semester at CSU.
  • For all students, the 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.
  • With contingent admission to the MGMA program, a student must concurrently complete 9 credits of 500-level, graduate coursework in the MGMA-required curriculum while also completing bachelor’s degree requirements.
  • Students receiving contingent admission to the MGMA program will be required to submit the CSU Registrar’s Exclusion form for the 9 credits of 500-level coursework they take toward MGMA degree requirements. This ensures the credits are not applied to the bachelor’s degree.
  • Students receiving contingent admission to the MGMA program must obtain a letter grade of B or better for the 9 credits of 500-level coursework they complete as undergraduates.
After admission to the MGMA SDP, students must meet additional requirements to gain full graduate admission at CSU and be formally admitted to the MGMA program. Those requirements include:
  • MGMA SDP students must apply and complete the Graduate Admissions Application to the CSU Graduate School prior to completing the bachelor’s degree, but no earlier than one year before seeking full admission to the MGMA program.
  • MGMA SDP students must take the GRE with scores that rank in the 70th percentile or higher and submit the scores to the CSU Graduate School.
  • MGMA SDP students must complete their CSU bachelor’s degree in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability (ECSS-BS), Watershed Science (WRSC-BS), Animal Science (ANIM-BS), or Soil and Crop Science (SOCR-BS).

Final admission to the MGMA program is granted when students have met the MGMA SDP and Graduate School admissions criteria upon completion of their Bachelors degree.

Suggested course sequencing for the MGMA SDP is shown below.

Semester 1 (Fall, Senior Year)

  • ESS 524 (3 credits)

Semester 2 (Spring, Senior Year)

  • ESS 542 or ESS 543 (2 credits)
  • ESS 545 (4 credits)

Remaining coursework to be completed upon entry into MGMA

  • ESS 501
  • ESS 542 or ESS 543
  • ESS 587
  • STAT 511A
  • 15 credits of MGMA electives

For full curriculum information, course descriptions, and elective lists, please visit the MGMA Curriculum page.