Field of Study

Program Description

Natural Resources Management (NRM) in the School of Natural Resource Sciences prepares students for the environmental challenges of the 21st century. The Master of Natural Resources Management (MNRM), Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) NRM degrees are interdisciplinary and offer a broad, systems- based approach toward managing natural resources. NRM 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 a sustainable social-ecological perspective.

Through the NRM graduate program, students gain a breadth of knowledge in relevant planning, analysis and management.

In cooperation with the following NDSU academic programs and departments, students select a curriculum and an adviser from one of these participating units:

  • Agribusiness and Applied Economics
  • Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Biological Sciences (Botany and Zoology)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications
  • Entomology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Plant Sciences
  • Range Sciences
  • Earth and Climate Science
  • Geosciences
  • Soil Science
  • Sociology/Anthropology/Emergency Management
  • Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences

The educational objective of the NRM graduate program is to provide formal education in a chosen specialty area, introductions to other subject areas, appropriate course work in analytical methods, and research and writing experiences in the general area of natural resource management. Problem recognition, definition, analysis and resolution, along with critical thinking are the ultimate learning objectives.

Admissions Requirements

The graduate program in Natural Resources Management is open to qualified graduates of universities and colleges of recognized standing, and meet the Graduate School requirements.

Financial Assistance

Both research and teaching assistantships may be available through the participating academic units. Application for financial aid must be made directly to a department. Applicants are considered on the basis of scholarship and potential to undertake advanced study and research. Limited scholarships are available.