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Masters of Science Program

Program Description

The Master of Science (MS) program in Natural Resources Management (NRM) at North Dakota State University was initiated in 1974. Through the program, students gain breadth in relevant planning, analysis, communication, and management areas while developing depth in one of several disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach makes NRM unique among master's degree programs.  While traditional structuring of curricula is highly specialized and focuses on disciplinary compartmentalization, the NRM MS degree garners a broad, systems-based perspective. 

NRM MS graduates are prepared to compete for and be productive in jobs where issues reach beyond a single discipline or subject area.  They have the skills necessary to address problems from holistic-ecological and global-social perspectives.  The NRM interdisciplinary approach prepares students for the current and impending natural environmental challenges of the 21st century. 

Program Goal

The goal of the NRM MS degree program is to produce graduates who:

  Have a strong background in research in conjunction with one or more available areas of expertise in the affiliated disciplines comprising the program. Graduates garner an extensive portfolio of coursework relating to areas that are highly relevant to understanding the complexity of ecosystem processes, ecosystem management, applied natural resources economics, social aspects, communication impacts, and future research on natural resources management.

  Are able to work on problems that require assimilation of data, methods, and strategies from many supporting disciplines. Problem recognition, definition, analysis, and resolution are the ultimate objectives.

  Are willing and able to engage in compromise solutions to interdisciplinary environmental problems; professionals who can engage with and be respected by decision-makers at all levels of private, public and civil society.

  Have a broad based and well rounded education that will enhance their employment opportunities in a marketplace where the need for the ecologically feasible, economically sound, and ethical resolution of natural resources management problems is steadily increasing.


Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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For more information on Natural Resources Management
at North Dakota State University, contact:
Shawn DeKeyser, Ph.D.
Program Leader - Natural Resources Management Interdiscliplinary Program
307A Morrill Hall
701.231.8180
Shawn DeKeyser

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:49:48 PM