Top employers: The US Agency for International Development (USAID), UN World Food Programme, and the US Environmental Protection Agency
Striving to Conserve Working Lands
Jes Walton, SIS/MA '14
I capture stories at the intersection of rural livelihoods and conservation.
At the Central Colorado Conservancy, we conserve and protect working lands to ensure they stay in agriculture but also serve wildlife and local water needs. There are both social and environmental aspects to this work, and the NRSD program very much focused on those two elements. The diverse perspectives that I was exposed to in my coursework and interactions with students and teachers now serve me in this role, as I work with community members from different backgrounds.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply and when are the application deadlines?
The application deadline for the Fall semester for all applicants of the NRSD degree is January 15. Students are not able to start during the Spring semester.
Required application materials
Missed a deadline but still interested in applying? Email the SIS Graduate Admissions office.
Where will a degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development take me?
NRSD graduates work in a wide range of settings, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, the private sector, activist networks, think tanks, universities, and community groups. Our extensive alumni network is eager to help new graduates find positions.
Recent NRSD graduates have found jobs at employers including National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Farm to School Network, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Afristar Foundation, and UN World Food Programme. Within six months of graduation, 89% of graduates are working or continuing graduate studies.
Looking for more information or help? SIS has a dedicated career development center to assist current students and alumni.
What level of Spanish is required?
Classes at UPEACE are offered in English, as students come from all over the world. However, the better your Spanish, the more you will get from your experiences in Central America. If you are a beginner, you should start working on your Spanish as soon as you decide to join the NRSD program, even if on line. Once you are at UPEACE, you will have free mandatory language classes with the amazing Roxana, unless you are already fluent. You will also be able to live with a host family if you wish.
Is there financial assistance available?
The School of International Service offers merit-based aid in the form of scholarships and fellowships at the time of admission. All NRSD students receive a small merit award.
Financial aid information for prospective students
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development students may choose to research other relevant fellowship opportunities.
Need-based aid is available through AU Central Office and generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package.
Federal loan and work study information for graduate students
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