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The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment offers two graduate degrees in Natural Resources: Land, Water, and Air, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.). The Department offers advanced study in the following areas: Conservation and Management of Forests, Wetlands, Fisheries and Wildlife, Climate, and Water Resources; Ecosystem Science and Management; Geospatial Analysis such as Remote Sensing of the Environment/GIS; Landscape Ecology; and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. The purpose of the M.S. program is to provide advanced study. The M.S. degree may be awarded as Plan A or Plan B. The Plan A M.S. is a research-based master’s degree whereas the Plan B M.S. is a coursework-based master’s degree. The M.S. program prepares students for Ph.D. programs (Plan A) or for careers in natural resources science and management with local, state, and federal government agencies, environmental consulting firms, or non-profit organizations (Plan A and Plan B). The Ph.D. program is designed to educate scientists with a broad experience in natural resources and to prepare them to do independent research. The Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in research and teaching in natural resources, including academia, non-profit organizations, industry, and government. Full-time students are expected to complete their Ph.D. degree work in three to five years and part-time students in five to seven years.

Requirements: The Plans of Study for Ph.D. and M.S. students in Natural Resources are determined by the student’s advisory committee consistent with the minimum requirements specified by the Graduate School in addition to departmental guidelines and requirements described below.

Master of Science
Students can pursue an M.S. degree by either of two plans as determined by their advisory committee. Plan A requires a written thesis that summaries findings from an independent research project and a final oral examination. Plan A conforms to the Graduate School requirements for a Thesis Master’s Degree. Plan B requires a final examination but no thesis. Plan B conforms to the Graduate School requirements for a Non-thesis Master’s Degree. Both M.S. degree plans require 30-credits following the Graduate School guidelines.

Doctor of Philosophy
Ph.D. students are required to successfully complete NRE 5800, 6000; and any additional course work as approved by the candidate’s advisory committee as part of the Plan of Study.


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For more departmental information
contact the Graduate Coordinator at:

Dept. of Natural Resources
and the Environment
University of Connecticut U-4087
Storrs, CT 06269-4087
phone: (860) 486-2840

For applications materials contact:

The Graduate School
University of Connecticut
438 Whitney Road Extension, U-1006
Storrs, CT 06269-1006
phone: (860) 486-3617



Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4087
Phone: 860-486-2840