Introducing Your Next Generation of Land Professionals
Accredited by the American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)
PLRM, The Professional Land & Resource Management Program, is a relatively new program at Western State Colorado University, initiating the curriculum in January 2008. It is housed in Western's business program, and is a multi-disciplinary emphasis that draws on some of the most interesting and challenging courses across several programs. The degree program was developed with direct cooperation of a variety of industry professionals with the shared goal of graduating the most prepared land professionals in the country.
Our added goal was that these students would be educated across the disciplines of oil, gas, and mining mineral management as well as, Native American, federal, state and privately owned real estate surface, water and environmental land management.
We believe with confidence this goal has been achieved, as evidenced by the caliber of students you will find highlighted in this site. You, too, will leave the program with a highly respected and sought after degree by industry.
Do You Have What It Takes?
Navigating the 21st century energy landscape with CHARACTER, EFFICIENCY and VERSATILITY
CHARACTER We educate pioneers who do not shy from a challenge. A career as a land professional is not for the entitled, timid or easily discouraged. Our students choose Western because they have a drive to push themselves and have forged resilience by climbing 14ers, skiing, working two jobs while taking a full course-load in an unforgiving climate – and loving every minute of it.
EFFICIENCY The needs of the energy industry often shift as quickly as the weather in the Rockies. Western PLRM students are agile and sure footed. Whether in the field or in the office, we measure our success is by how quickly we add value.
VERSATILITY We are diplomats and explorers; we seek out opportunity and adventure. Never limited by geography, and as resourceful as we are practical. In Denver or Dickinson, from the boardroom to the courthouse, Western PLRM students deliver.
How To Apply
One of nine programs in North America, Western's PLRM program is the only one located in the Rocky Mountains. PLRM at Western is an intense hands-on program. We expect nothing short of excellence from our students.
- PLRM applications are accepted year round, but only evaluated twice yearly on October 31st and February 1st.
- You may apply electronically, click here to apply to PLRM.
- Once your application is submitted you will be asked to interview with PLRM leadership.
- Upon acceptance into the PLRM program, students may only begin the PLRM Program FALL semester.
- The application to the PLRM program IS NOT an application for admission to Western State Colorado University. Applicants must be accepted to both the University and the program; for admission to Western click here.
- An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for program admission. On a case by case basis, students who have a GPA of less than 3.0, may attain formal admittance through a probationary process by completing their first 12 credits of PLRM emphasis area courses with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- A grade of “C” or above must be attained in all PLRM emphasis area courses to remain in the Program once admitted.
What Will You Learn? What Skills Will You Acquire?
The PLRM program trains students to have successful careers in energy exploration and development. The industry includes oil and gas as well as mining and alternative energy sources such as wind and solar. In Western’s PLRM program, you will take a wide variety of classes including the core business classes covering accounting, economics, management, and marketing plus specialized classes in geographic information systems, law, water and environmental issues, natural resource economics, and petroleum geology. Graduates have a strong business administration education supplemented by specialized courses related to the land management field.
From your coursework, internships and professional networking, you will develop a broad array of skills including the ability to: identify map areas of interest, understand metes and bounds descriptions from the research of land titles, negotiate leases, prepare curative documents, resolve disputes, and make presentations to management and investors.
Beyond the Classroom?
All students in Western’s program belong to the Western Association of Professional Landmen (WAPL) which offers professional activities. Many of the companies that contribute financial support to the program visit campus as speakers, presenting information sessions about their companies and topics of interest in the field. In addition the professional activities include interviewing students for summer internships and post-graduation employment.
- Western students have access to industry professionals and multiple opportunities to network allowing them to find the type of career that best suits their interests. Classes are small enough that students get to know their professors and each other while they develop skills and knowledge that will serve them throughout their careers.
- On campus interviews and social gatherings with professionals, already in the energy industry, looking to network with and hire Western students for summer internships and careers after graduation
- Field trips are a vital part of the program. Trips include visits to actual mining and oil and gas production sites and discussions with people working in the industry. Western PLRM students also have the opportunity to attend industry conferences such as NAPE (formerly North American Prospect Expo) in Houston, and other conferences in Denver and Houston.
- Field Trips to operating wells and drill sites.
- WAPL Social events.
In the fall of 2011, 12 companies visited campus to recruit Western PLRM students, reflecting the incredible employment opportunities for students in the program. Nationally, graduates are in high demand and average a starting salary in excess of $25/hour. Land management graduates work alongside geologists and geophysicists in an energy company.