The University of Minnesota graduate program in Natural Resources Science and Management is offered through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), in conjunction with the Graduate School.
The Natural Resources Science and Management (NRSM) Graduate Program is among the top ranked programs of its kind in the nation. The National Research Council's latest rankings, released in September 2010, place the NRSM program as high as number two nationally. We offer eight areas of study (tracks) encompassing graduate course offerings from the Departments of Forest Resources; Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering; Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; and other units. For a description of these areas of study see box at right or go to Areas of Study.
Usually about 100+ students are enrolled in the NRSM Graduate Program. The student body represents a wide variety of educational backgrounds, geographic origins, and career objectives. This, coupled with broad expertise and international involvement by the faculty, provides a local to global perspective to the program.
Two graduate degree options are offered in NRSM, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy. Depending on your interests and needs, your graduate program can be highly specialized or have a broad focus. You will work with your adviser and a faculty committee to develop a graduate program of study that matches your interests and meets the requirements for your graduate degree. Graduate programs are often interdisciplinary and include courses from across the University. A wide range of natural resource and related subject matter is available.