The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (HDNR) offers a research-based graduate program that is designed to educate and develop professionals in social science aspects of natural resources issues. The program develops professionals who will work and become leaders in the field both through research and practice. The Doctor of Philosophy degree takes about three years to complete.

Graduate Admission Requirements and Procedures

You should pay particular attention to the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Graduate Student Handbook. (Accessed from the graduate student resource page, or the button further down this page.) This document outlines what is expected of students in terms of course work, dissertation, etc., as well as what the student can expect from the major professor.


  • Students will only be accepted for the fall semester.
  • Undergraduate degree from college or university accredited by one of the major regional accrediting agencies.
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 on a 4.0 system.

Final Date For Application: February 15

For general study or application questions please contact the department.
For specific question please contact our Graduate Coordinator – Professor Tara Teel.

Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and complies with all federal and Colorado laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding affirmative action requirements in all programs. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity is located in 101 Student Services. To assist Colorado State University in meeting its affirmative action responsibilities, ethnic minorities, women and other protected class members are encouraged to apply and to so identify themselves.