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Graduate Student Resources

This resources page is for graduate students in Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (soon to be Agricultural Biology) degree programs and for students in University-wide programs, such as the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology (GDPE) and the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Degree Program, whose advisors are members of BSPM. Some sections of this page will apply only to BSPM/Agricultural Biology degree program students. Students in other programs are encouraged to obtain information directly from their degree program offices. Students are also encouraged to become familiar with the resources available on the Graduate School website http://graduateschool.colostate.edu/

BSPM/Agricultural Biology offers both thesis-based M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and project-based graduate degree in Pest Management. The main objective of a thesis-based graduate degree is to become a proficient and ethical scientist capable of critical evaluation of data and independent scholarship. The objective of project-based M.S. degree is to develop breadth of expertise and the professional skills and networks suitable for working in pest management in urban and rural settings.

Residency Requirements

  • As a graduate student, you are not required to become a Colorado resident, but there are great advantages in establishing residency. Tuition for out-of-state students is considerably higher than for students who are Colorado residents.  If you plan to establish Colorado residency, you will be responsible for gathering documentation that shows your intent to reside in Colorado, including a signed lease, a voter’s registration card, vehicle registration, and a driver’s license.  These documents must be obtained a full year prior to the granting of residency, which means they should be obtained immediately upon your arrival, prior to the start of your first semester.  During your first year at CSU, you should also pay your Colorado State taxes.  The Office of Financial Aid offers seminars on how to become a resident. You will be required to write an essay to prove your intent to remain in Colorado. Be sure to keep copies of all forms and documentation for your own records.  Submit your residency packet to Financial Aid documentation early, because residency requests are processed in the order in which they are received.  If your resident status is not approved by the beginning of your 3rd semester, you will be responsible for the out-of-state portion of your tuition.
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