Are you looking to make a difference? Become a Conservation Leader.


The Cohort 13 (Fall 2023 – Spring 2024) application cycle will open on October 1, 2022.

Rolling admission decision notifications will begin approximately mid-November, 2022.

The next application deadline is June 1, 2023, but applications can be accepted beyond this date by reaching out to the program manager by emailing

The program is also part of the Western Regional Graduate Partnership program allowing applicants that hold residency in a Western state to qualify for the in-state tuition rate.



  1. Complete the online graduate school application
  2. Complete supplemental questions
  3. Submit application materials
  4. Check application status

1. Complete Online Application

Complete the Graduate School Application to apply for Fall 2023 starting on October 1, 2022. In the application, select the ‘Degree Program’ option and then ‘Conservation Leadership’ for the program.

2. Complete Supplemental Questions

Complete the series of supplemental questions thoroughly. These questions ask you to describe your:

  • Conservation experience
  • Cross-cultural experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Peace Corps and/or AmeriCorps experience, if applicable

After acceptance, applicants will rank Capstone Project choices, please review our Project Opportunities webpage for more information about each project. The Program Manager will email accepted applicants when it is time to rank Capstone Projects.

3. Submit Application Materials

After submitting the initial online application and paying the USD $60 application fee, submit the required supporting materials to complete your application. Note: For students from developing world countries, contact us regarding a waiver for the application fee. Application fee waivers available from the Graduate School for Peace Corps or AmeriCorps alumni here

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal statement (1 to 2 pages double-spaced)
  • Contact information for 3 references
    • An email will automatically be sent to recommenders asking them to complete a recommendation form and/or upload a letter of recommendation.
  • To submit official transcripts: contact your undergraduate institution(s) and request one official transcript to be sent to Colorado State University (institution code 4075).
    • If your undergraduate institution(s) will send an official transcript electronically, please have it sent to
    • For study abroad experiences, the Graduate School will accept an unofficial transcript or grade card.
  • To submit test scores, contact the testing agency to request that scores be sent to Colorado State University (institution code 4075). Note: Conservation Leadership does not require the GRE. 
  • International applicants: To submit results for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), request that scores be sent to Colorado State University (institution code 4075).
    • View answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the English Proficiency requirement here.
  • For any documents that cannot be uploaded, submit paper copies directly to the Office of Admissions at:

Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

4. Check Application Status

View the status of your application at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

If you have any questions about applying to the Conservation Leadership program, please contact