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Wildlife Conservation Actions Graduate Certificate

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Overview Open Accordion
Natural Resources Certificate Online

Prepare to take wildlife conservation actions that integrate the needs of both nature and people in sustainable, equitable ways

Dive into the history of land ethics while refining your own. Study the current state of wildlife policy as you build the skills to become a sustainability change agent. Construct comprehensive habitat management plans and learn to communicate with different audiences about conservation methods, goals, and outcomes.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • Refine their own land ethic after studying the writings of leaders in wildlife conservation
  • Improve community stewardship of natural resources using the skills of a sustainability change agent
  • Build a habitat management plan grounded in conservation science and responsible land use
  • Create effective, visually appealing conservation messages designed for specific audiences
  • Evaluate how science, advocacy, and public engagement inform wildlife conservation policy
  • Analyze conservation policy, including the scientific, political, and socio-economic forces influencing it

Take a cross-disciplinary approach

Solving complex natural resource challenges requires a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. Learn to account for (and integrate) the many different elements that affect decisions as you develop action-oriented conservation plans.

Analyze natural resources management theory and practices, gaining a more nuanced understanding of the multiple viewpoints that impact public discourse and decisions related to this important field.

Gain the skills to make a bigger impact in your conservation career

This program can help you become a more well-rounded leader in natural resources management and environmental science. Get both a philosophical and functional view that applies to a wide range of careers, from land management to public affairs to wildlife biology.

Curriculum Open Accordion

Choose courses that best meet your learning objectives to complete the certificate with at least 12 credits (more than the required number of courses may be taken).

Courses (select four)

This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester December 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

This graduate certificate requires that students have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

2 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Wildlife Conservation Actions (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

3 Submit Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

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

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

12 credits
$705 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
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Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in Wildlife Conservation Actions
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 semesters
Admission Reqs.
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution.

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 1
Spring semester
December 1

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