Natural Resources and the Environment, M.S.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.S. in NRE should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website at All admission materials must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from an academic or professional reference, and a written statement of educational and professional goals.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.9. Applicants demonstrating potential but not meeting the admission criteria may be admitted to the M.S. program with permission from the NRE faculty.

Graduation Requirements

M.S. candidates must meet the general requirements for Graduate Studies and complete a thesis with a minimum of 36 total credits. Of the 36 credit hours required for the M.S., at least 18 credits must be at the 600-level and at least 21 credits must be NRE courses as described in the Plan of Study. Electives from other departments may be taken to complement the NRE course requirements, with permission of the NRE graduate advisor and course instructor.

Students will be required to submit a Plan of Study form signed by an advisor and two additional faculty members (Thesis committee) to Graduate Studies after their first semester. Students must hold one Thesis committee meeting in their first year and each semester thereafter. All other requirements such as "master thesis" and "final oral presentation" will follow the guidelines by the Marshall University Graduate Studies and the M.S. NRE program.

Each student's plan of study in NRE will include core classes from the department supplemented with additional coursework from supporting areas. Generally, the required 36 hours for completion will include thesis (8 hours of NRE 681) and a seminar series (4 hours total from NRE 540, 560, 640, 660, which are 1 credit hour each). The additional coursework will include 3 core classes for the discipline (9 hours). Each program of study will include a management/regulation (MR) course (3 hours), an applied research methods or instrumentation (Ml) course (3 hours, may have lab hours) and an appropriate statistics course (3 hours). Courses meeting the MR and MI requirements are listed in the Plan of Study, although others may be utilized to meet these requirements at the graduate committee's discretion. Statistics courses meeting the third core course requirement may be selected from those shown in the Plan of Study.

Plan of Study

NRE 540Seminar I1
NRE 560Seminar II1
NRE 640Seminar III1
NRE 660Seminar IV1
Select 3 hours from among:
Water Policy & Regulations
Water Resources Management
Admin Parks & Recreation
Rec Areas & Facilities
Environmental Interpreta
Applied Research Methods/Instrumentation3
Select 3 hours from among:
Aqua Toxicology
Soil Fertility/Plant Nutrition
Assess & Eval Rec Service
Plan Design OHV Trails
Ther Rec Institu Settings
Statistics 13
Select 3 hours from among:
Regression Analysis
Experimental Designs
Nonparametric Statistics
Statistical Data Mining
Probability and Statistics I
Stat Mtds for Researchers
Adv Math Statistics
Appl Multivariate Stat Methods
Time Series Forecasting
NRE 681Thesis8
500-level electives 19
600-level electives 16
Total Credit Hours36
If the Statistics class is 500 level, then one of the 500-level electives must be replaced with a 600-level elective. At least 18 hours of the 36 total must be 600-level.