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Natural Resources, MS

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This graduate program is administered by the Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management  in the COLLEGE OF NATURAL RESOURCES .

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science degree in Natural Resources, you will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, consistent with a Master’s degree, in natural resource fields pertinent to the thesis topic. 
  2. Apply appropriate research methods. 
  3. Evaluate and synthesize information from various sources to formulate appropriate conclusions and/or management recommendations. 
  4. Demonstrate professional and effective written, oral, and visual presentation skills.  

You must earn at least 30 credits in graduate courses that are approved by your graduate committee. At least 15 credits must be in courses numbered 700 and above.

You and your graduate committee will select courses based on you and your research needs.

Your graduate committee must consist of at least three members of the graduate faculty, at least two with home appointments in the College of Natural Resources.

Natural Resources Courses

Take one credit of

and one credit of either


A maximum of five credits in these courses counts toward your 30-credit requirement.


  1. Complete a thesis. Your thesis will be based on an independent research project conducted under the supervision of your graduate advisor and graduate committee.
  2. You must enroll for at least 3 thesis (NRES 799 ) credits during each semester you are a full-time student. A maximum of 6 thesis credits (NRES 799 ) count toward your 30-credit requirement.
  3. Submit a bound and electronic copy of your approved thesis to the University Library.

Culminating Experience

You must take a comprehensive final oral examination conducted by your graduate committee which includes questions on your thesis and on your courses.

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