with a master of Science degree in natural resources, you

Natural Resources, MS

Problem Solving for Nature

Work alongside internationally recognized faculty across eight programs on leading natural resources research in pursuit of your degree and make an impact on the problems facing our natural world. Our programs encompass a wide range of natural resource disciplines and offers both a thesis and non-thesis option.

Fast Facts

  • Choose a thesis or non-thesis option from a wide range of disciplines
  • Ready access to thousands of acres of working forests, rangelands and waterways.
  • Conduct research on 2.3 million pristine acres at the Taylor Wilderness Research Station
  • Choose from one of over 70 areas of emphasis in eight programs.
  • A professor and researcher at a university
  • Policy and program director for a conservation or wildlife management group
  • Research lead or director with an environmental consulting firm
  • Manager of sustainable development for an engineering group
  • Lobbyist or advisor for government conservation agencies
  • Environmental/ecological consultant
  • Ecologist
Degree Prep

To be eligible for a Master of Science Natural Resources degree, students must first possess an undergraduate degree, have completed and received a qualifying Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score, and have a strong understanding of natural science concepts, methods and research.

Degree Roadmap Students pursuing a Master of Science in Natural Resources must first possess an undergraduate degree, an understanding of biological and ecological concepts, scientific methods and research, and have received a qualifying score of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Once admitted to the College of Graduate Studies, students must appoint a major professor and committee, and file a study plan.

Each program has different requirements for the degree, but all master’s degrees must be at least 30 credits, and 18 must be 500-level courses, including no more than 10 credits of thesis.

Master’s Study Plan and Degree Audit
Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

Scholarships Graduate assistantships are available through the individual departments within the College of Natural Resources.
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Hands-On Learning

As an M.S Natural Resources graduate student, you could be involved in research projects such as:

  • Investigating the restoration of landscapes after wildland fire
  • Understanding and managing invasive plant and animal species
  • Developing new and better building materials from woody biomass
  • Exploring the potential of alternative wood fuel sources for energy production
  • Researching the human dimensions in planning and managing protected areas and parks
  • Assessing the relationship of habitat degradation on wildlife population sustainability
  • Enhancing the capability of GPS and GIS tools for management of forests and other natural resources
  • Probing the impacts of natural resource decisions on local and regional communities
  • Examining the ecological interaction of domestic livestock with grassland and shrubland resources
  • Studying the impacts of pathogens, lowered water quality and harvesting on wild fish runs in the Pacific Northwest