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Master of Science in Natural Resources




What will I learn?

The graduate program in Natural Resources is designed to provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to address natural resource problems and to carry out scientific investigations including design, implementation, and evaluation of research in their specific area of study. While it is designed to provide and in-depth understanding of the student's particular area of emphasis, it is also intended to develop an appreciation for the interdisciplinary character of natural resource problems. Each candidate for the degree is required to consult with an appropriate faculty committee and to prepare an individualized program of study which must be approved by that committee.

The Natural Resources Graduate Program includes four options. The options are Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Fisheries, Forestry Watershed & Wild land Sciences, and Wildlife.

Environmental Science & Management (ESM)

Environmental Science & Management (ESM) graduate studies are oriented toward environmental analyses and land use planning, ecological restoration, recreational use of wildlands and geospatial science.


The Fisheries program is designed primarily to produce graduates who can assess, manage, and conserve fish habitats, populations, and commercial and recreational fisheries. The program is broad enough to allow students to prepare themselves for work in additional areas such as water pollution ecology, fish population dynamics, and fish culture.

Forestry, Watershed, & Wildland Sciences

Graduate students in Forestry, Watershed, & Wildland Sciences are focused on a wide variety of topics including forest ecology, tree physiology, conservation biology, forest growth, and administration of forest land for ecosystem management. Watershed management issues focus on watershed processes and the interactions between geophysical, biological, and socioeconomic factors expressed in bounded drainages. The interplay between watershed processes and management of other natural resources is integral. Wildland soils deals with the maintenance of the quality of the soil for those same values and sustainable timber production.


Wildlife emphasizes research on wildlife species, behavior, and habitat requirements within the complex ecological interactions that govern the outcome of various land use practices. Wildlife managers should be able to maintain sustained yields of game animals, to minimize wildlife depredation, and to reverse conditions threatening species with extinction.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Resources and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$7,128.00 per year
USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

1 February 2023

Start date

January 2023


College of Natural Resources and Sciences

1 Harpst St.,



95521, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The applicant holds an acceptable bachelor's degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or the applicant has completed equivalent academic preparation; and The applicant has satisfied any one of the following: GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned bachelor's degree, GPA of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted.

For international students

Applicants must possess preparation equivalent to the baccalaureate degree. Adequate academic preparation can best be demonstrated by a baccalaureate degree in the chosen option or in a closely related field. Applicants who lack adequate preparation may be required to make up academic deficiencies through additional course work. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last sixty undergraduate units.

English Language Proficiency

ACT - 22 or above on English test section; Cambridge English Exams - CPE: C2 (200 or above); IELTS - 6.5; ILSC - Completion of Advanced 1; iTEP - 4.5; TOEFL - 80 IBT, 550 PBT, 213 CBT.

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


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