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What will I learn?

The Natural Resources and Environmental Science Master of Science Degree offers graduate study of the ecology, management and restoration of rangeland, forest and wildlife ecosystems. Areas of specialization include (but are not limited to):

  • Biogeochemistry and soil processes
  • Climate change & impacts
  • Conservation biology
  • Fire ecology
  • Forest ecology & management
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental science
  • Landscape ecology
  • Restoration ecology
  • Wildlife ecology & conservation

The degree program is inherently multidisciplinary and capitalizes upon the broad spectrum of expertise offered by departmental faculty. Student learning outcomes include:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking, writing and communication skills that will enable them to succeed after graduation.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical basis and experimental methods used for study of natural resources and environmental science.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of experimental design, field/laboratory instrumentation and procedures, computer models, and data analyses used in natural resource and environmental science research.

Which department am I in?

College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,006.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources

Max C. Fleischmann Agriculture Building,

Room Number: 201, 1664 N. Virginia St.,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale): 2.75 for a master’s degree.

For international students

Requirements include:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in an appropriate area of science.
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, documented with official transcripts.
  • Minimum score requirements: TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet), IELTS: 6.5 (academic version).

To receive full consideration for Fall admission, applications must be submitted by December 1 st. For Spring admission, students must apply by October 1 st.

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