MS Natural Resource Management

The Master of Science in Natural Resource Management degree program is designed to provide access to a culturally sustaining, quality graduate education that prepares students to offer research-based management of natural resources in various fields. The degree aims to synthesize components of indigenous research methodologies with western science, preparing researchers to master the competencies required to conduct studies in tribal communities using both western science and indigenous methodologies


The MS/NRM Hydrology Program allows students to study and learn techniques that will provide them with classical hydrological measurement techniques and management and investigate more complex hydrology problems. They will continue to research river and surface water processes and current conflicts in river management from various planning, watershed, basin, and landscape scales. This area of study is particularly relevant to senior managers in river science, planning, management, and engineering, especially within tribal agencies or reservation bounds. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to present, and engage in, decisions to conserve and manage water resources in the face of climate change and other stressors.


The Forestry/Fire Management Option provides depth to address forest and wildfire management challenges facing both line managers and society. Completing this option will help students advance their professional careers in forestry, silviculture, wildland fire management, fuels management, fire ecology, and restoration by increasing knowledge of silvics, fire science, ecology, forest- and fire-related policies and social issues, and the latest tools and technology. This pathway also reinforces fundamentals in applied ecology, natural resources management, communications, and other career-advancing knowledge and skills.


The Wildlife and Fisheries curriculum allows studying advanced topics in wildlife and/or fisheries biology. In this program, students will advance their fish and wildlife management careers by obtaining coursework leading to the graduate degree. This pathway provides the opportunity to increase their biology, ecology, management, and conservation of wildlife, fish, and habitats. Students will benefit from a curriculum that includes policy and social aspects of fish and wildlife management and traditional graduate-level courses in the fish and wildlife population sciences, exploring the diversity of biotic and abiotic needs of wildlife or fisheries management.

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land.”


~ Aldo Leopold

Contact the Division of Graduate Studies

Graduate Admissions & Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate Division
Cammie DuPuis-Pablo

Director of Natural Resources Graduate Studies
Dr. Rick Everett

Graduate Student Success Coordinator
Sierra Mahseelah


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