Natural Resource Stewardship Master of Natural Resource Stewardship (M.N.R.S.)

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester November 15

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

The Master of Natural Resource Stewardship requires that students have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate coursework
    • Exceptions to this are made on a case-by-case basis
    • No specific prior coursework is required. Coursework in biology, chemistry, and statistics is recommended
    • Applications are reviewed holistically
  • Some natural resource experience is required. All types of experiences (volunteer, paid, etc.) over any length of time are considered

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf. Request letters from at least two of the following:
    • Previous or current college/university instructors
    • Previous or current immediate professional supervisors
    • Observers other than supervisors who can verify the professional or intellectual expertise of the applicant. Letters from friends, relatives or character witnesses are considered only supplemental to the three required reference letters
  • Resume
    Outline the professional employment, collegiate work, and any publications, exhibitions, service activities, prizes, awards and other recognitions.
  • Statement of purpose
    This focused statement should include your educational and long term professional goals, as well as address how the MNRS program will contribute to both.

3 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. You do not need to wait for recommendations or transcripts to move your application forward. When applying, select the program of study you’re applying to:

  • "Natural Resources Stewardship / Ecological Restoration (M.N.R.S.) - Distance"
  • "Natural Resources Stewardship / Rangeland Ecology and Management (M.N.R.S.) - Distance"

4 Request Official Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can either be mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to: gradadmissions@colostate.edu

Send paper copies to:
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.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Scores must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58.

In general, all applicants from countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a country in which the official language is English (Canada, U.K., Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc.), must submit one of the official test scores from the list above.

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