Natural Resource Management Admissions Requirements

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”

—Robert Swan

Admission Requirements & Selection Criteria 

Application Process and Instructions for the Master of Science in Natural Resource Management

Interested applicants must complete Part 1 and Part 2 listed below:

Part 1-General SKC Graduate Admissions materials

  1. SKC Graduate Admissions Application;
  2. Official transcript from high school or GED or HiSET (must include diploma date);
  3. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended (including degree and
    award date as appropriate);
  4. Proof of Immunization. Students born before January 1, 1957, must have a T.B. skin test
    within the previous five years. Students born after December 31, 1956, must provide
    documentation for a T.B. Skin test taken within the last five years and two doses of the
    measles vaccine. A healthcare provider’s signature is required to verify immunizations;
  5. Verification of Residency, if a Montana Resident
  6. Tribal Certification Release form. This is required for tribal enrolled, and first- or second-generation descendants of a federally recognized tribe.

Part 2-Master of Science in Natural Resource Management Admissions materials

  1. One-page typewritten statement of the applicants’ preparation for graduate studies, goals in the graduate program, potential area of research or project, and possible advisor (for thesis option), and professional goals following completion of the degree;
  2. Three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the applicants’ intent and potential for success in the M.Sc.NRM program. At least two of the letters should be from current or former college or university faculty familiar with the applicants’ scholarship and related activities;
  3. Resume/Curricula Vitae. This should include any and all past work and academic experience;
  4. Formal interview with the Department of Masters of Science Natural Resources Graduate Committee.


P.O. Box 70
58138 US Hwy. 93
Pablo, MT  59855

After you have submitted and completed all of the items listed in Part 1 and Part 2, the selection committee will be looking for the following in applications:
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (“B”) in all courses used for credit in the major.
  • Completion of an undergraduate major in natural resources-related associated fields (e.g., geology, hydrology, forestry, botany, zoology, etc. with at least 30
    quarter units of upper-division natural resources course work); and
  • Upper-division courses in Natural resources management (e.g., Forestry, hydrology. Wildlife biology, or related fields). Students lacking one of these courses may be admitted to the program but must make up for the deficiency in their first year, or 30 credits, of course, completion in the program. Students will not be permitted to enroll in graduate-level classes without the appropriate
    prerequisite course. Graduate-level courses may have additional individual prerequisites; and
  • Professionalism
  • Fit for the program
  • Current employment in Natural Resource Management
  • Quality of the letters of recommendation



Admissions Questions

Upcoming Application Deadline Dates:

Winter '24    10/27/23

Spring '24     1/26/24



FAFSA deadline for the 2022-2023 award year:

11:59 p.m. Central time (CT) on June 30, 2023.


Salish Kootenai College Code: 015023