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Master’s of Science

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At the graduate level, the MS and MA degrees offer students an integrated approach to the study of natural resources, and rigorous training in specific fields of study. These include environmental compliance, hydrologic and terrestrial ecosystems, conservation biology, and habitat and wildlife management. Through course work, research, and fieldwork, all graduates develop the scientific understanding, theoretical perspectives, and professional skills needed to become effective and innovative administrators, policy makers, resource managers, conservation practitioners, consultants, researchers, or educators, all of whom play a significant role in shaping the future and solving critical environmental problems.

Prerequisites for the MA/MS degrees: A bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a major in environmental science, biology, geology (or the equivalent) or a major in one of the other sciences, or engineering, or one of the social sciences. Students with undergraduate preparations different from these will be considered after careful review.

You must have completed at least one year of biology, one semester of physical geology, one year of chemistry, one semester of calculus or one semester of introductory statistics. The GRE is not required. Any submitted GRE score is part of a holistic review of each application.

As part of your graduate career, you may also choose to complete an internship as a part of your curriculum. Please note that you are required to obtain permission from the graduate internship advisor prior to completing an internship, and you may be required to submit a proposal to the program outlining the goals and objectives of the proposed internship.

Courses and Requirements