University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Natural Resources (Master of Science)


The Master’s 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 this program will take fifteen to twenty-four credits of advanced course work 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 (twenty-seven 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.

General Requirements