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Fall 2020 Catalog 
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Natural Resources - Graduate Program

Brenda Lackey, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Room 100, Trainer Natural Resources Building
Phone: 715-346-2076
Email: tginnett@uwsp.edu%20
Web: https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/Pages/UW-Stevens-Point-CNR-Graduate-Programs.aspx?ControlMode=Edit&DisplayMode=Design#

The College of Natural Resources offers two different graduate degrees:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Natural Resources:
    This is a thesis-based program leading to the M.S. degree in subject areas such as forestry, forestry-recreation, urban forestry, wildlife, fisheries, limnology, resource management, youth programming, environmental education/interpretation, international resource management, land use planning, soil science, aquatic toxicology, groundwater, watershed management, and water chemistry. This degree will prepare you for a research or management career, or for further study leading to a Ph.D.
  • Master of Natural Resources (M.N.R.): 
    This is a non-thesis program available completely online. This program is designed to allow resource management professionals to expand their leadership and organizational capabilities while also expanding and refreshing their knowledge base in natural resources management and principles. This degree will prepare you for a career in natural resources management.

Admission to the Master of Science Program 

Please submit the following:

  1. UW-Stevens Point application for graduate study
  2. Application to the College of Natural Resources graduate program
  3. Resume
  4. Copy of a paper written by you
  5. Essay describing your professional interests and goals
  6. Two letters of recommendation
  7. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and TOEFL or IELT Scores (foreign applicants only) Minimum guideline scores for each test are as follows:
    1. For the GRE, you must have a minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 300 .
    2. For the TOEFL, you must have a score of at least 80 on the Internet-based test.
    3. For the IELT, you must have a score of at least 7.
    4. If you fail to meet the minimum admission requirements, you may be accepted if your prospective adviser submits a letter of acceptance to the Associate Dean for inclusion in your graduate file.
  8. You must also have a 3.00 grade point average during your last two years as an undergraduate.

You do not need an undergraduate major in one of the natural resource specialties. However, you may have to take additional courses to make up deficiencies in your undergraduate curriculum. If you have an undergraduate major in social sciences or humanities, you could have more deficiencies than someone with a major in the sciences.

To be admitted to the M.S. graduate program you will need a faculty member to agree to serve as your adviser. Please contact faculty members in your area of interest to discuss your application. When a faculty member agrees to be your adviser, you will receive a letter of acceptance to the M.S. graduate program.

Admission to the Master of Natural Resources Program

Please submit the following:

  1. College of Natural Resources M.N.R. application
  2. UW-Stevens Point application for graduate study
  3. Resume
  4. Essay describing your professional interests and goals
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Foreign applicants must submit TOEFL or IELT Scores with minimum scores of 80 or 7 respectively
  7. Official transcripts of all college work

You must have a 3.0 GPA during the last two years of undergraduate or graduate study. If your GPA is under 3.0 and/or your test scores are under the minimum you may request a panel review of your application.

Post Baccalaureate Concentration in Environmental Studies (for teacher licensure)

If you are a teacher with a license in secondary science you may receive licensure in environmental studies after completion of this concentration. Additional requirements include completion of Praxis II, Professional Development Portfolio, and student teaching at the appropriate developmental range and certification area. For more information, contact the School of Education at 715-346-2040.


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