About Graduate Studies in Natural Resources Science and Management

Society's increasing use of natural resources for a multitude of environmental, economic, and social purposes challenges us to acquire the knowledge necessary to use, manage, and protect those resources for future generations. Graduates of our program have a long history of success in meeting this challenge. We provide outstanding teaching and research that develops scholars, pioneers in science, and the professional leaders needed to manage natural resources and protect our environment. Our graduates play leadership roles in industry, public agencies, research, and education. We are seeking students who will accept the challenge and become part of that tradition.

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 eight tracks, go to Areas of Study. Our program is offered through the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), in conjunction with the Graduate School.

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 advisor and committee to develop a graduate program of study that matches your interests and meets the requirements for your graduate degree. Curriculum is interdisciplinary and often includes courses from across the University.

With 100+ students enrolled in the NRSM 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.

This website highlights the broad range of study and research opportunities offered by the NRSM program. It also highlights our state-of-the-art research facilities and describes how you can participate in discovering solutions to society's most pressing natural resource and environmental problems. Additionally, the website provides information about the numerous financial aid opportunities that are available to you.

I invite you to contact us to learn more about the outstanding graduate study opportunities offered through the NRSM program.