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M.S. Natural Resources (Fire Sciences & Management)

Fire Sciences and Management, M.S.

Degree Overview
Offered through the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences and the Fire Ecology and the Wildland Fire program, our Master of Sciences graduate program in Fire Sciences and Management is recognized for producing inpsired and capable fire ecology professionals.  

What You'll Learn
Working with some of the most respected researchers and educator in the country, our graduate students are studying advanced fire science, ecology and natural resource management issues. At the graduate level, you'll work closely with your advisor to focus your graduate course work in an area of specialization or in an area that will help you in your chosen career path. To give you an idea, our graduate students have focused their studies in a variety of areas, including:

Fire Sciences and Management 
  • Fire Effects and Recovery
  • Fire Behavior
  • Fuels Management
  • Biophysical Controls of Fire and Fire Regimes
  • Air Quality and Smoke Management
  • Fire History
  • Fire Ecology

Career Opportunities
Our graduates work for government agencies, land development companies, private landowners and environmental consulting firms to study and provide guidance for mitigating fire risk, accessing fire damage, optimizing forest harvesting, developing land management plans and more. A M.S. with an emphasis in fire issues increases employment opportunities and generally allows for more rapid opportunities of advancement. The Idaho Department of Lands, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service for example have hired several of our graduates.

Required Courses
All graduate programs should include two semesters of seminar, at least one being FOR 501; and one 400-500 level quantitative course. The remainder of your course of study will be developed by you and your Graduate Committee, depending on your area of specialization for your graduate research activities.

What to Expect
Entrance into the College of Graduate Studies program generally requires completion of undergraduate course work in the area of fire ecology or related natural and social sciences. If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in one of these areas, you may be required to make up deficiencies as determined by your advisory committee.

The M.S. degree requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours, with 18 of those credit hours in 500 level courses. Doctoral students must earn a minimum of 78 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, with at least 52 credits in the 500 level courses or above and 33 credit hours in courses other than 600 level courses.

Please note that the wildland fire program requires all applicants to take the GRE and international students to also take the TOEFL exam.