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2010-11 Online Catalogue

Natural Resources Requirements (M.S.)


The masters of science in natural resources prepares students to pursue studies in advanced disciplinary topics. They will learn scientific and practical methods and develop technical skills for understanding ecological, physical, social, political, and economic aspects of environmental and natural resource issues.

Students choosing to pursue research in the Masters program will take 15 to 24 credits of advanced coursework and write and defend a thesis or project. This experience will further their knowledge and proficiency in natural resource fields including five areas of concentration:

  1. Aquatic Ecology and Watershed Science
  2. Environment, Society and Public Affairs
  3. Environmental Thought and Culture
  4. Forestry
  5. Wildlife Biology

Other areas of studies can be pursued through the general degree in Natural Resources including interdisciplinary research not included in the above concentrations. Students and their Graduate Studies Committee work closely together to design these individualized curricula.

Students may also pursue a MELP/MSNR dual degree with the Vermont Law School.

Students choosing to emphasize advanced course work (27 credits) will pursue academic and work experiences leading to development of professional skills emphasizing conservation leadership, ecological planning, and sustainable forestry. A three credit project/internship experience will complement the academic course work.

Requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies for the Degree of Master of Science

Undergraduate degree in an appropriate field in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities/fine arts; satisfactory scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination; and three letters of recommendation attesting to the candidate's academic potential for graduate work and motivation for pursuing this degree. Most successful applicants to this highly competitive program have strong academic credential and experience in an environmental or natural resource-related job, internship, or other related activity.

Minimum Degree Requirements

The Master of Science program requires from 15 to 27 hours of course work in related fields (including NR 378, and NR 306), a public research seminar presented at the annual graduate student symposium, a research proposal, a comprehensive examination, and 3 to 15 hours of thesis/project research. An oral defense of the thesis/project is required of all students.