- Read through your letter of acceptance carefully, ask any questions you need answered, sign, and return to the CNR Graduate Studies Office. There may be a suggested course or two you’ll need to take in order to have the appropriate prerequisites for upper division and graduate level courses. Be sure to address these requests early in your graduate coursework. These courses typically do not count towards your degree requirements.
- Review the degree requirements. These are outlined in the University’s Catalog.
- Register for classes that will contribute to your MNR degree program. Seek advising from the Director of the program if you have questions. A list of qualifying courses for each Option in the MNR can be found here in the catalog. Each option has specific requirements listed in the catalog.
- Get to know the faculty. The MNR has a Core group of faculty who help govern the program, but all CNR faculty are potential advisors. Search the faculty pages for the Core Faculty as well as the CNR faculty pages. The Director and you will work together to choose an advisor, given faculty availability. Advisors for the EESC option must be located on the McCall field campus.
- Cultivate your working relationship with your Advisor. After your advisor has been selected, fill out the Advisor Appointment form and have them sign it. Return with both of your signatures to the Director of the program, as we’ll forward it to the Graduate School. Meet with your advisor at least once a semester to discuss course work, and to begin thinking about your final project (usually completed during the last semester of enrollment).
- Submit your Study Plan. This should be completed by the beginning of your second semester, and will be reviewed by your Advisor. Follow the directions found here.
- If enrolled in the Integrated Natural Resources Option, after completing approximately 20 credits, you should begin discussing your Final Project with your Advisor. Every student’s final project is different- it’s designed this way to give you the flexibility to identify a meaningful project you can work on together. Develop your final project Proposal, and have your Advisor review and sign off on the Proposal by early in your last semester, or during a prior semester.
If enrolled in the EESC Option, you will be advised on Capstone Project requirements during your second semester. Students will develop a project in collaboration with their summer practicum sponsors that relates to a need identified by that sponsor. Develop your final project Proposal and have your Advisor review and sign off on the Proposal by the end of your second semester, or any time prior to the start of your internship / summer Practicum experience.
- Once your required coursework is completed, if you are conducting a final project in your final semester, please register for 2 non-thesis online research credits (599) listed under your Advisor’s department (NRS, FOR, REM, WLF, or other) and name.
- If enrolled in the Integrated Natural Resources Option, present your Final Project. At the end of the semester, you’ll give a presentation of your final project for your professor and two other MNR faculty. This can be done from any location via live stream. You’ll be asked to reflect on the SLOs of the program to assess your overall experience of your degree program.
If enrolled in the EESC Option, present your Final Portfolio and Capstone Project. At the end of your summer internship / practicum experience, you’ll give a presentation of a portfolio of your work in the program, including the results of your final Capstone Project for your Advisor, peers and other MOSS MNR faculty. This will be done on site in McCall. You’ll be asked to reflect on the Student Learning Outcomes of the program to assess your overall experience of your degree program.
- Graduation. Once your coursework and/or final project is accepted by the group of faculty, and your coursework is completed at the required minimum standard (B average or higher), you can celebrate the completion of your MNR degree! Be sure to keep in touch via the Facebook page, and let your Advisor and the Director know how the MNR has worked for you.