What will I learn?

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences is a broad and diverse department offering flexible M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. The mission of the department is to establish and implement research and educational programs that enhance environmental stewardship in the management and use of natural, agricultural, and urban systems in a socially responsible manner. The department is composed of approximately 24 faculty, 60 affiliates, and 160 graduate students. Offering education and research in a variety of disciplines, the department provides a systems-level perspective that few other departments can offer. Further illustrating the breadth of natural resources and environmental sciences, research areas include but are not limited to:


aquatic chemistry

conservation ecology

ecosystem science

environmental education

fish and wildlife ecology and management

forest ecology

humans’ dimensions of the environment

landscape ecology

microbial ecology

natural resource economics

natural resource policy

plant ecology

physiology and genetics

restoration ecology

quantitative and spatial analysis

soil science and conservation


Which department am I in?

College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences

Study options

Full Time (32 hours for both thesis and non thesis option)

Tuition fees
$28,464.00 (21,13,096) per year
Start date

Expected August 2021


College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences

128 Mumford Hall,

1301 West Gregory Drive,



61801, United States

Online/Distance (32 hours for both thesis and non thesis option)

Tuition fees
USD $700 per credit hour; USD $22,400 Estimated cost
Start date

Expected August 2021

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission.

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL iBT - 79-102

TOEFL CBT - 213-253

TOEFL PBT - 550-610

IELTS (academic exam) - 6.5-7.0

Students applying to online programs must satisfy the full status admissions requirement

TOEFL iBT - greater than 102

TOEFL CBT - greater than 253

TOEFL PBT - greater than 610

IELTS (academic exam) - greater than 7.0

online program -

Application deadline for the fall cohort: June 15
Application deadline for the spring cohort: November 15
Application deadline for the summer cohort: March 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.