The Masters of Science in Natural Resources (MSNR) degree provides students the opportunity to develop skills for careers in natural resources (e.g., water resource managers, socioeconomic analysts, recreation and ecotourism managers, conservation professionals, ecosystem scientists) thus improving their ability to meet the needs of a global economy and changing needs of society.

A research proposal and thesis based on original research are major components of the MS degree. The program normally requires 2 – 3 years for completion, and can be tailored for students with interests in climate change, watershed management, ecology, policy, ecological economics, hydrology, ecosystem services, social-ecological systems, recreation and tourism, human dimensions of wildlife, or other facets of natural resources. The NR degree program would require a minimum of 30 hours beyond the bachelor degree at the graduate level, 21 hours of which must be in the major. A minimum of 4 but not more than 6 hours in Research and Thesis (FORY 7990) is required. All MS students are required to take Research Methods (FORY 7510) (2 hours), and Seminar (FOWS 7950) (1 hour).