The Department of Natural Resource Management offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) in Range and Wildlife Management and a Master of Agriculture (non-thesis) degree in Natural Resource Conservation. The graduate program is designed to prepare students for advanced education (PhD) and for careers in teaching, extension, research, management, and other occupations requiring the higher level capabilities of a resource manager/scientist.
Master of Science, Thesis Option
Under this option, students will complete 30 hours of graduate course work and complete and defend a thesis. Students will work with a faculty advisor from NRM to develop their research project. When funding is available, a graduate assistantship will be offered as well as funding to conduct the research. These assistantships are often advertised, but other opportunities may be available. Thus, you are encouraged to contact the faculty member you are interested in working with directly prior to your application. This is the most competitive option as funding and research projects are limited.
Master of Science, Non-Thesis Option
Under this option, students will complete 30 hours of graduate course work and a record of study. A small research project will be conducted and a record of study (a comprehensive report) will be submitted to the graduate committee. Students will work with a faculty mentor from NRM to develop this research project. Since external funding is not usually needed, more opportunities are available for this option.
Note: NRM also offers teaching assistantships for some students in our Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) programs. These assistantships are limited, but offer another means of support while providing students with teaching experience.