Conservation Leadership Master’s Program within the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University - Fort Collins
Why you should consider this program
The Conservation Leadership through Learning master’s program prepares students to become effective leaders to address complex conservation issues at a local, regional and global scale. Our mission is to train and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders with theoretical and applied knowledge, approaches and skills in conservation disciplines through instruction, field work and research that is experimental and values cross-cultural and inter-disciplinary perspectives.
The CLTL program resides in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. CLTL is an 18-month graduate program, which includes two semesters of full-time coursework followed by a Capstone Project which can be based in the US or internationally. The coursework in CLTL prepares students to enter the conservation field and apply our core objectives to their future careers:
Analyze conservation issues from multiple disciplines and stakeholder perspectives
Collaborate with diverse stakeholders and individuals
Utilize systems thinking to examine conservation issues
Apply interdisciplinary problem-solving approaches to conservation issues
Apply inquiry tools and methods to address conservation issues
Effectively communicate conservation via varied media, academic outputs and presentations
Demonstrate leadership skills to work effectively in group environments
Benefits for Coverdell Fellows
|Tuition/fees for Complete Program||Value of Coverdell Fellowship||Net cost *|
|In state||$ 19,775||$ 4,994||$ 14,781|
|Out of state||$ 40,690||$ 10,173||$ 30,517|
Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from
Non-resident (e.g., out of state) students will receive a tuition discount of 33% from The CSU Graduate School. This discount applies to tuition only (not fees). Both out-of-state and in-state students will receive a waiver of the $60 application fee.
Fellowships awarded per year (average)
Up to 3
Other benefits or opportunities
Coverdell Fellows will also be encouraged to apply for CSU General Scholarships and Warner College of Natural Resources Scholarships. They can also apply for paid positions within the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources or other departments on campus.
Annual cost of living (estimated)
Application fee waived?Yes
The CLTL Academic Director and Program Coordinator will both be involved in working with the Fellows to make these connections and support the partnership-building to develop the internship. The program will identify local community partners and lead the conversations with the organization to explain the internship and develop the relationship. The Fellows will be presented with details about the various organizations and potential internship project ideas. They will then be able to determine which of the organizations and/or project ideas match their interests best.
CLTL has worked with a wide variety of domestic partners that have provided opportunities for students to work at the nexus of conservation, development, justice and economic prosperity and more. Some relevant examples include working on conservation education with youth, serving under-served communities, collaborating with local land owners for natural resource use, conducting citizen science efforts, community-based conservation and collaborative conservation with stakeholders for effective decision-making processes.
Some examples of previous capstone project locations include:
Belize, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Chile, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru and the United States.
18 months, which includes two semesters on campus (Fall & Spring), 4 months conducting a capstone project during the Summer (June-September) and 4 months of continuous registration to complete project requirement (September-December).
Fellows will follow the Colorado State University application process as follows:
Complete the online graduate school application form
Complete a series of supplemental questions regarding their conservation, cross-cultural and leadership experiences
Submit all application materials
Check application status
Once accepted and enrolled, students will take all of their course on campus for Fall and Spring semester. During the Summer months they will conduct a capstone project (4 months) and the average amount of hours spent is usually 30 hours a week.
Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started