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The School of Natural Resources is one of the few schools in the U.S. with a comprehensive natural resources program. It is a division of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. It encompasses atmospheric sciences, environmental science, fisheries, forestry, parks, recreation, soils, tourism and wildlife. The school is based on an integrated, scientific approach to natural resources management. It is housed in the Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building containing state-of-the-art teaching, research and outreach extension facilities.

The school is housed with some of the oldest academic programs in the U.S. The Department of Soils was formed at MU in 1914. The Fisheries and Wildlife Program was established in 1937. The Department of Forestry was established at MU in 1947 and was elevated to the status of School of Forestry in 1957. The Department of Atmospheric Science was formed in 1966. The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism was added in 1988. The School of Natural Resources was formed through a name change in 1989. In 2017 departments within the school were dissolved with the graduate program evolved into seven emphasis areas: Agroforestry, Fisheries and Wildlife, Forestry, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences, and Water Resources. With over 800 undergraduates, graduates, and 50 faculty members, the school is noted for excellent education, strong professional orientation, active student organizations and outstanding advising.

Degrees Offered

Agroforestry, Graduate Certificate

100% Online

Officially approved as:

Stand Alone:  Yes
Degree Dependent:   No

Total Credit Hours:  12 

Certificate description: The program is built on the biophysical and socioeconomic principles of agroforestry which will prepare students to become specialized in agroforestry design and management.  The knowledge and experience in designing and managing agroforestry systems for commodity production as well as environmental conservation are skill sets needed to work as agroforestry and forestry consultants and conservation and natural resource professionals. The curriculum leads the student through a progression of learning to achieve (A) Agroforestry Fundamentals; (B) Biophysical Foundation; and (C) Socio-economic Foundation.. Successful required course completion will be recorded on the student’s official transcript as a “Graduate Certificate in Agroforestry.”

Certificate web site:
http://online.missouri.edu/degreeprograms/agroforestry/certificate.aspx

For information about certificate, contact:
Dr. Michael Gold, School of Natural Resources

Email: Phone:  (573) 884-1448
Address:  203 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building, Department of Forestry, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 

Natural Resources with Agroforestry Emphasis, Master of Science

100% Online On Campus

About the Program

Agroforestry, as a farming system that integrates crops and/or livestock with trees and shrubs, has a long history of interdisciplinary research at the University of Missouri. The interdisciplinary emphasis area capitalizes on existing agroforestry research collaborations across The School of Natural Resources (SNR) departments in building an academic program that could attract and serve quality graduate students from Missouri, the nation and the world. The agroforestry emphasis area offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. The program also offers an online option designed for professionals working in natural resources around the globe who already have an undergraduate degree in a related field. Please visit the online webpage for more information.

Application Deadlines

Applications must be received by the following dates:

  • March 15 for the summer semester
  • May 15 for the fall semester
  • Oct. 15 for the spring semeste

Admission Criteria

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA: 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • Graduate Record Exam score (GRE)*: verbal plus quantitative total of at least 1100 (300 on the new GRE)
  • Students whose GPAs and GRE scores do not meet the requirements will be evaluated individually
  • TOEFL or IELTS test scores (for non-native English speaking applicants only)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

*The GRE requirement may be waived under exceptional circumstances. Applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Agroforestry Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • Statement of interest
  • Résumé or CV
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic ability and experience relevant to graduate study.
  • Publications (optional)

Natural Resources with Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2 undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Experience in research or management of natural resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 20111100
On or after August 1, 20111100 equivalent scores

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic and conservation field work abilities
  • Departmental application
  • Written response to 1 of 5 questions listed on the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Program Admissions page
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (when applicable)
  • Publications (optional)
  • Resume or CV

We require applicants to contact specific faculty to determine the availability of research assistantships prior to applying to the program.

An applicant contemplating graduate work in fisheries, limnology, conservation biology or wildlife should have a strong background in biological and physical sciences, including biology, botany, zoology, ecology, physiology and genetics. In addition, such taxonomic courses as plant taxonomy, invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, ornithology and mammalogy are highly desirable, as is a background in chemistry, mathematics, statistics and physics.

A background of 25 to 30 hours in biological sciences courses is desirable. Minor deficiencies may be remedied during the graduate program; major deficiencies may require preparatory coursework prior to consideration for admission.

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences degrees emphasize resource management at organismal, population, or ecosystem scales. An emphasis on resource management helps distinguish our program from basic biology; therefore, course work in fisheries or wildlife management, environmental science, resource policy, or other applied ecology fields is advantageous.

Natural Resources with Forestry Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: May 15
Spring deadline: October 15
Summer deadline: March 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Particular attention is given to the record of the last 2 years of undergraduate study, and/or the type and quality of professional experience since completion of the undergraduate degree. Doctoral candidates must demonstrate a higher level of achievement in each of these criteria.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative*
GRE300

* 50th percentile or higher preferred in each category.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Forestry Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate scholarly capacity and professional qualities
  • Statement of purpose (an explanation/essay of your academic and career background and goals)
  • GRE scores
  • Résumé
  • Emphasis area application
  • Sample publication (optional)

 

Natural Resources with Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

The Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Emphasis Area (HDNR) addresses research and management questions including peoples’ attitudes, knowledge, values, perceptions, and behaviors associated with natural resources.  As an interdisciplinary emphasis area, HDNR considers applicants with backgrounds in social sciences, environmental education, natural resources management and conservation, or related disciplines.

The MS is a research-based degree. The student is expected to work closely with a faculty advisor to develop a research topic and a program of study. Students who complete a thesis are expected to publish their findings in peer-reviewed journals. A non-thesis option is also available that requires additional coursework and a research project.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: Rolling
Spring deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • GRE required
  • TOEFL required (for non-native English speaking applicants only)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • Statement of interest
  • Résumé or CV
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic ability and experience relevant to graduate study
  • Publications (optional)

Natural Resources with Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

Submit all required documents in electronic format in the Graduate Studies online application system. Contact the emphasis coordinator or School of Natural Resources Director of Graduate Programs if your experience any difficulties.

Admission Criteria

Application deadline: Rolling

  • GRE required
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Minimum TOEFL scores: 80 (Internet); 550 (paper)
  • To be accepted as a candidate for the degree, an applicant must possess an undergraduate degree and academic performance that displays a breadth and depth of University education in social, behavioral, mathematical and natural sciences and major-specific coursework.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • Statement of purpose (1-3 pages, describes your academic and career background and goals)
  • Resume or CV
  • College/University transcripts (from every college or university attended)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (for international applicants)
  • Three letters of recommendation (use provided form and submit letters online)

Once all these items have been received, the faculty will begin our deliberations for acceptance into our program. No student is accepted without an advisor.  It is possible that you meet minimum requirements for entrance but be denied acceptance because no advisor is able to sponsor your degree program. We strongly encourage you to email or contact the professors you are interested in working with. Direct contact is a good way to introduce yourself as well as get additional information about the program

Natural Resources with Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Application deadline: Two months prior to the start of the academic semester for which the applicant is applying.

  • Completion of a B.S. degree
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Atmospheric science applicants: Undergraduate program should include integral calculus and one year of college physics.
  • Environmental science applicants: Undergraduate program should include general and organic chemistry, introductory biology, calculus, geology, physics, and ecology.
  • Soil science applicants: Completed courses in general and organic chemistry, calculus, geology and physics. Inadequacies in courses must be remedied through additional course work immediately after admission.

All applications and supporting application materials for graduate admission into the SEAS program must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative Analytical
GRE3023.5

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Soil, Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • Letter of self-evaluation and professional goals
  • GRE score report
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Official scores from TOEFL or IELTS is required from international applicants.

Natural Resources with Water Resources Emphasis, Master of Science

On Campus

The Water Resources emphasis area is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program within the School of Natural Resources. It encompasses all fields of natural sciences represented in the School and, through collaboration, involves related expertise from throughout the University of Missouri and beyond. Participating faculty in the Water Resources emphasis area are engaged in both the scientific understanding of water resources (biological, chemical and physical) and its management, and the decision-making processes used to address competing societal values (social, economic and legal). The program has no geographic boundaries but the location of MU suggests most research will be directed to better understanding of water movement, biogeochemical cycling and biological processes of forested- agricultural and urban landscapes of the midcontinent. The lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and subsurface waters of the region are prime areas for basic and applied research. One of the program’s major global impacts is the training of highly qualified graduate professionals that are equipped to address many of the complex contemporary water resource problems around the world.

Admission criteria

Application deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Experience in research or management of water resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Water Resources Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic and water resources related field work abilities
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of professional goals (2 page limit), indicating education, research and career goals
  • Publications (optional)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (when applicable)

Applicants should contact specific faculty to determine the availability potential advisors, available position(s) in the potential advisors lab and of available research assistantships prior to applying.

An applicant contemplating graduate work in water resources should have a strong background in physical sciences, including calculus, chemistry, and physics. Those considering interdisciplinary degrees should also have a background in biology, botany, zoology, ecology and other natural sciences. A background of 25 to 30 hours in physical sciences courses is desirable. Minor deficiencies may be remedied during the graduate program; major deficiencies may require preparatory coursework prior to consideration for admission.

The Water Resources graduate degree program is integrated by a set of common courses from which students can customize their Course Plans. Students and their Advisors are not restricted to those courses, but are expected to draw from the list first when developing Course Plans.

Upon successful completion of the School of Natural Resources Water Resources graduate program, students will possess strong technical skills in water resources and related sub-disciplines. Graduates will have developed a holistic understanding of the hydrologic cycle related to ecosystem processes as and the interdisciplinary background necessary to understand and address contemporary watershed management, water quality and integrated natural resources problems. Graduates will have an appreciation of the complex interactions of biophysical processes and tightly coupled socioeconomic interactions necessary to implement water resource policy.

Natural Resources with Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.2 undergraduate GPA for the last 60 hours of coursework
  • Experience in research or management of natural resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.

Minimum GRE Scores

When did you take the GRE?Verbal + Quantitative
Prior to August 1, 20111100
On or after August 1, 20111100 equivalent scores

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed online Graduate Application for Admission
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic and conservation field work abilities
  • Departmental application
  • Written response to 1 of 5 questions listed on the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Program Admissions page
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (when applicable)
  • Publications (optional)
  • Resume or CV

We require applicants to contact specific faculty to determine the availability of research assistantships prior to applying to the program.

An applicant contemplating graduate work in fisheries, limnology, conservation biology or wildlife should have a strong background in biological and physical sciences, including biology, botany, zoology, ecology, physiology and genetics. In addition, such taxonomic courses as plant taxonomy, invertebrate zoology, ichthyology, ornithology and mammalogy are highly desirable, as is a background in chemistry, mathematics, statistics and physics.

A background of 25 to 30 hours in biological sciences courses is desirable. Minor deficiencies may be remedied during the graduate program; major deficiencies may require preparatory coursework prior to consideration for admission.

Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences degrees emphasize resource management at organismal, population, or ecosystem scales. An emphasis on resource management helps distinguish our program from basic biology; therefore, course work in fisheries or wildlife management, environmental science, resource policy, or other applied ecology fields is advantageous.

Natural Resources with Forestry Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: May 15
Spring deadline: October 15
Summer deadline: March 15

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Particular attention is given to the record of the last 2 years of undergraduate study, and/or the type and quality of professional experience since completion of the undergraduate degree. Doctoral candidates must demonstrate a higher level of achievement in each of these criteria.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative*
GRE300

* 50th percentile or higher preferred in each category.

Required application materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Forestry Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • 3 letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to evaluate scholarly capacity and professional qualities
  • Statement of purpose (an explanation/essay of your academic and career background and goals)
  • GRE scores
  • Résumé
  • Emphasis area application
  • Sample publication (optional)

Natural Resources with Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

The Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Emphasis Area (HDNR) addresses research and management questions including peoples’ attitudes, knowledge, values, perceptions, and behaviors associated with natural resources.  As an interdisciplinary emphasis area, HDNR considers applicants with backgrounds in social sciences, environmental education, natural resources management and conservation, or related disciplines.

The Ph.D. degree in HDNR is designed to prepare students for careers in academic research and teaching, or advanced scientific professions. The Ph.D. degree is conferred upon students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in their particular specialization and have completed independent research contributing to knowledge in their respective field.

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: Rolling
Spring deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • GRE required
  • TOEFL required (for non-native English speaking applicants only)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • Statement of interest
  • Résumé or CV
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic ability and experience relevant to graduate study
  • Publications (optional)

Natural Resources with Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Application deadline: Two months prior to the start of the academic semester for which the applicant is applying.

  • Completion of an MS degree or equivalent. A waiver of the MS degree requirement may be made by the candidate’s doctoral program committee.
  • Atmospheric science applicants: Undergraduate program should include integral calculus and one year of college physics.
  • Soil science applicants: Completed courses in general and organic chemistry, calculus, geology and physics. Inadequacies in courses must be remedied through additional course work immediately after admission.

All applications and supporting application materials for graduate admission into the SEAS program must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

Minimum GRE Scores

Test Type Verbal+Quantitative Analytical
GRE3023.5

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Soil, Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • Letter of self-evaluation and professional goals
  • GRE score report
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Official scores from TOEFL or IELTS is required from international applicants.

Natural Resources with Water Resources Emphasis, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

The Water Resources emphasis area is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program within the School of Natural Resources. It encompasses all fields of natural sciences represented in the School and, through collaboration, involves related expertise from throughout the University of Missouri and beyond. Participating faculty in the Water Resources emphasis area are engaged in both the scientific understanding of water resources (biological, chemical and physical) and its management, and the decision-making processes used to address competing societal values (social, economic and legal). The program has no geographic boundaries but the location of MU suggests most research will be directed to better understanding of water movement, biogeochemical cycling and biological processes of forested- agricultural and urban landscapes of the midcontinent. The lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and subsurface waters of the region are prime areas for basic and applied research. One of the program’s major global impacts is the training of highly qualified graduate professionals that are equipped to address many of the complex contemporary water resource problems around the world.

Admission criteria

Application deadline: Rolling

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in last 60 hours
  • Experience in research or management of water resources. Practical skills are strongly considered.

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Water Resources Program

All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate Studies online application system.

  • A minimum of three letters of recommendation and the accompanying evaluation sheets from people who can attest to the candidate’s scholastic and water resources related field work abilities
  • Resume or CV
  • Letter of professional goals (2 page limit), indicating education, research and career goals
  • Publications (optional)
  • GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (when applicable)

Applicants should contact specific faculty to determine the availability potential advisors, available position(s) in the potential advisors lab and of available research assistantships prior to applying.

An applicant contemplating graduate work in water resources should have a strong background in physical sciences, including calculus, chemistry, and physics. Those considering interdisciplinary degrees should also have a background in biology, botany, zoology, ecology and other natural sciences. A background of 25 to 30 hours in physical sciences courses is desirable. Minor deficiencies may be remedied during the graduate program; major deficiencies may require preparatory coursework prior to consideration for admission.

The Water Resources graduate degree program is integrated by a set of common courses from which students can customize their Course Plans. Students and their Advisors are not restricted to those courses, but are expected to draw from the list first when developing Course Plans.

Upon successful completion of the School of Natural Resources Water Resources graduate program, students will possess strong technical skills in water resources and related sub-disciplines. Graduates will have developed a holistic understanding of the hydrologic cycle related to ecosystem processes as and the interdisciplinary background necessary to understand and address contemporary watershed management, water quality and integrated natural resources problems. Graduates will have an appreciation of the complex interactions of biophysical processes and tightly coupled socioeconomic interactions necessary to implement water resource policy.