About the Professional Science Master’s Degree

When it comes to addressing climate change, we can’t wait to make a difference.

Ecosystem Science and Sustainability student from Colorado State University poses in the field near the Cache La Poudre River in Fort Collins, Colorado

Kickstart a meaningful career in environmental sustainability in less than two years with CSU’s Professional Science Master’s in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability.

This innovative and immersive degree focuses on tangible, career-ready skills for making real environmental change and allows you to work in the ecosystem sciences without having to get a PhD or complete a thesis. 

Choose a specialization in one of three in-demand areas—carbon management, water resources, or sustainable food systems. Our program is highly customizable and we welcome students with intersectional and transdisciplinary interests. 

Gain an in-depth, scientific understanding of the most complex environmental and ecosystem challenges in your discipline, while also building a toolkit of cutting-edge sustainable management solutions.

Participate in an internship with a community partner where you’ll put these skills to use right away and grow your new professional network with leading environmental resource organizations.

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Save time and money by earning a Bachelor’s and a Professional Science Master’s
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Evaluate social-environmental connections in ecosystem processes. 

Develop sustainable management strategies to maintain ecosystems.

Advocate for policies enhancing ecosystem sustainability. 

Lead interdisciplinary teams in a professional environment.


At one of the nation’s top ranked schools for sustainability.

36 credits
3-4 semesters
Professional Science Master’s
official affiliation
Small cohorts &
one-on-one mentorship
Average net cost of program:
$16,000 total

Degree Specializations

Students choose between three different specializations in high-demand areas essential to addressing the climate crisis. Our highly customizable program allows degree candidates to tailor their education to their interests and career goals.

Close up shot of rapids and rocks in the Cache La Poudre River in Northern Colorado

Water Resources

  • Solve water resource issues.
  • Explore emerging field methods and fundamental concepts in watershed science, land-use impacts, and effective watershed management.
  • Learn from unparalleled faculty expertise in watershed science.
  • Prepare for a career as: a federal hydrologist, city water manager, sustainability officer, environmental consultant, restoration manager.
Cache La Poudre River in Autumn in Northern Colorado

Carbon Management

  • Tackle carbon and climate change.
  • Explore greenhouse gas policies and lawmaking, climate change science, and estimation of greenhouse gas footprints.
  • Learn from globally-lauded faculty
    in greenhouse gas and carbon management.
  • Prepare for a career solving the climate crisis in government, carbon registry, non-profit organizations, environmental consulting firms, carbon capture, and more.
Wheat Field in Northern Colorado

Sustainable Food Systems

  • Promote a more resilient food supply.
  • Explore sustainable agriculture, interdisciplinary perspectives on food systems, and the relationships between climate change and food.
  • Learn from world-leading experts on food systems at a land grant university.
  • Prepare for a career in government, agriculture management, sustainable agriculture design, supply chain management.

Professional Science Master’s Internships

Each student works closely with a community partner,
where they can apply their growing skills and knowledge
to deeply immersive, real-life scenarios and grow their professional networks
in the private, non-profit, or public sectors.

Professor of sustainability in ecosystem sciences monitors water quality in the field

Certificate Programs

Professional Science Master’s students can choose from several different technical certificates to enhance their education and gain a competitive edge in the sustainability management industry. We currently offer the following certificates, with others forthcoming.

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