Colorado State University

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


102 Administration Building

Fort Collins, CO 80523

United States


(970) 492-4898

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Natural Resource Stewardship

Format: Online

Program Description:

CSU's online Master of Natural Resource Stewardship is designed for professionals seeking the necessary skills and knowledge to advance in the field of natural resources. The program provides a broad education, with the opportunity to further specialize in one of three areas:

  • Ecological Restoration
  • Forest Sciences
  • Rangeland Ecology and Management

You will finish this program as a well-rounded leader, equipped with an understanding of the interconnectedness of natural resource management systems and how that lends itself to solving real-world problems from a holistic viewpoint. The curriculum is immediately applicable to current issues within the industry, with natural resource management courses that cover topics such as:

  • Natural environmental processes and how they interact with human systems
  • Degraded landscape restoration principles
  • Natural resource management systems and how various subsystems affect one another
  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and how to ensure compliance

Elective credits allow you to tailor your natural resources degree to encompass a wide range of skills to suit your career path.

Study with expert faculty

This natural resources management degree is a product of the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship's rich history and long-standing reputation that has flourished at CSU since the turn of the 20th century. At the time, the university was responding to societal needs and pressures regarding the conservation and sustainable management of natural resources and the rising concerns for managing them. Those same concerns exist today, perhaps now more than ever.

Interdisciplinary faculty who have direct experience with the economic, social, political, and ecological impacts of land degradation bring real-world information to the program. Currently working on natural resource initiatives with federal, state, local, and nonprofit agency partners, our faculty are researchers who bring their inside perspective and first-hand knowledge to the classroom, preparing you to be a leader in the industry.

Career opportunities

Thousands of jobs in environmental and renewable natural resource fields are expected to open in the next few years, according to the USDA, but there currently are not enough college grads to fill them. CSU's online Master of Natural Resource Stewardship prepares you for a variety of positions, including:

  • Environmental planner or coordinator
  • Stewardship coordinator
  • Environmental program manager
  • Forester
  • Range conservationist
  • Land manager
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Fire management officer
  • Soil conservationist
  • Wildland manager
  • Land steward within the non-profit sector

Prepare to meet the challenges of the future as you learn about the interaction between humans and the environment, and the complexity of natural resource management systems.


Colorado State University is regionally accredited, which means the University carries the highest level of accreditation available in the United States. Colorado State is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central As

Eligibility Requirements:

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

International Student Requirements:

o Official transcript translation Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required). o 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. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075). o The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based). o The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5. o The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 58. o 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.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 705 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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