Master's in Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Graduate students in the program are provided with high quality, advanced training
and instruction in the application of the scientific method to problems in natural
resource ecology and management.
Students develop the capability for original and creative work under the guidance
of established professionals and scientists. This includes problem analysis and identification,
research methods, synthesis of results, and communication of findings.
Students pursuing a master's degree in natural resource ecology and management work
directly with a member of the faculty to design a program of study to serve individual
career goals. The prerequisite for graduate study for the program is a bachelor's
degree in an area aligned with the student's research interests with a minimum overall
GPA of 3.00.
A student who selects the thesis option completes 30 hours of coursework, including
six hours for a thesis. Students must write a thesis based on original research.
Formal Report Option
A student who selects the formal report option completes 32 hours of coursework, including
six hours of thesis or report credit hours. A formal proposal is not required for
the report, but the advisory committee must approve an outline of the report prior
to the completion of 17 credit hours.
The overall mission of the OSU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management is to increase public awareness and understanding, through teaching, research and
extension, of the ecology, management and sustainable use of natural resources that
are important for maintaining ecosystem health, species diversity, agriculture and
forest production, hunting and fishing, and the enjoyment of experiencing nature.
The department recognizes the following admission requirements: a BA or BS degree
in a field consistent with the graduate program of study, a minimum GPA score of 3.00
(applicants with a lower GPA will be considered under special circumstances), GRE
scores that are sufficiently high to demonstrate the applicant is prepared for graduate
Submit a letter of intent indicating your desire for admission into the graduate program
in the OSU Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, specifying the area
of specialization in which you are interested, your qualifications and experience
in this area, any additional plans for your graduate program, career goals, and whether
you wish to be considered for a teaching or research assistantship.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores:GRE scores are highly recommended and are
required for full consideration for teaching and research assistantships. OSU institution
ID = 6546, NREM ID = 0115.
At least three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic
or professional performance.
Official transcripts of all college studies.
After the application has been completed (including the application fee), applications
will automatically be forwarded to the department, and to the individual faculty members
who have been identified.
Cost and Assistance
Many students help finance graduate education through part-time, paid employment as
a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, you can expand and apply your knowledge
and skills under the supervision of faculty or staff. Several competitive Distinguished
Graduate Fellowships are available through the Graduate College, the college and the
department. The general criteria for earning a fellowship are based on grade point
average, progress in a graduate program program, publications, and presentations at