Prospective Students

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The Forest and Rangeland Stewardship department offers MS degrees (both Plan A and Plan B) and PhD degrees in two disciplines: Forest Sciences and Rangeland Ecosystem Science.  The Master’s of Natural Resources Stewardship (MNRS) is a coursework-only degree with four areas of specialization: Ecological Restoration, Forest Sciences, Rangeland Ecosystem Science, and Sustainable Military Lands Management.

The educational objective of the Forest and Rangleand Stewardship Department is to produce excellent leaders in the fields of forest and rangeland stewardship. The goal of graduate study is to develop individual capacity for independent scholarship and critical thought. The Department, its faculty, and the University provide the atmosphere, physical resources, and counsel necessary to attain these ends. Students admitted to the Department for graduate study will receive the assistance and advice of the faculty to attain their educational objectives. While graduate students enjoy more privileges than undergraduate students do, they also accept greater personal responsibilities. Although faculty members are available for consultation, graduate students must assume a major role in developing and carrying out their graduate studies.

Planning a Visit?

Contact the faculty whose research interests are most aligned with your own to see if they would be able to meet with you when you’re on campus. To arrange a tour of campus, visit the Office of Admissions website. More information to help you plan your trip is available here.

More Information

For more detailed information on degree requirements and department procedures and facilities, see the Graduate Student Handbook.

How to Apply

Detailed information on how to apply to our graduate programs is found here.

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships

Financial support is offered to many qualified students through both graduate research and teaching assistantships. The student pays student fees, while the assistantship pays tuition and a stipend. Most assistantships are half time; occasionally, one-quarter- and three-quarter-time appointments are available. Projects are currently being supported by the National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; U.S. Agency for International Development; USDA Forest Service; USDI Bureau of Land Management; U.S. Department of Defense; National Park Service; Colorado Division of Wildlife; private oil, coal, and gas companies; and the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station.