Natural Resources: Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Natural Resources: Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Natural Resources: Soil and Water Resource Management

Why get a master’s degree in natural resources with an ecosystem science option?

Ecosystem science is crucial to maintaining sustainable agriculture, the environment, and the health of people, animal and plant life. In this program, you’ll study the ecology, microbiology and biogeochemistry of soil, groundwater and surface water, with an emphasis on how the different components of an ecosystem interact. Our M.S. in ecosystem science will prepare you for careers in environmental consulting, regulatory oversight, environmental protection and land management, and for research in the academic or private sectors.

Why choose UNH for your degree? 

You’ll be supported by a productive and internationally recognized faculty at UNH, as well as outstanding laboratory facilities, including the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station. Our main campus is located near the White Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean with access to a diverse array of terrestrial, marine and freshwater field sites. UNH is ranked among the nation’s highest-performing research universities, having earned a Carnegie Classification R1. The university’s research portfolio brings in more than $110 million in competitive external funding each year. 

Potential career areas 

  • Conservation stewardship
  • Education
  • Environmental consulting 
  • Environmental regulation  
  • Land-use planning
  • Research 
  • Resource management  
  • Sustainable agriculture 
  • Water conflict management

Contact

Rebecca Rowe

Program Coordinator for Wildlife & Conservation Biology
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Phone: (603) 862-2810
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 136, Durham, NH 03824

Wendy Rose

BUSINESS MANAGER II
Phone: (603) 862-3933
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 114, Durham, NH 03824
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    Allison Herreid '19G is about to embark on a collaborative international research program with 27 graduate students from 24 U.S. institutions.

Curriculum & Requirements

NATURAL RESOURCES: ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE

Students in the Ecosystem Science option typically have a strong background in environmental science, earth science, ecology, or related fields. Areas of interest include the ecology, microbiology and biogeochemistry of soils, groundwaters, and surface waters, with an emphasis on how the different components of an ecosystem interact to produce system-level responses to management, global change, and other perturbations. Understanding controls on carbon storage, nutrient transformations, water quality, soil health and greenhouse gas emissions is central to much of the research conducted by students in this option.

Degree Requirements

An M.S. degree is conferred upon successful completion of a program of not less than 30 credits for natural resources options: forestry, environmental conservation, environmental economics, general, soil and water resource management, and wildlife and conservation biology.

Course Requirements or Equivalents

EDUC 904Qualitative Inquiry in Education (Policy oriented)4
Or
NR 903Approach to Research2
And with NR 903, choose one of the following additional research methods classes for a total of 4 credits:2
NR 905
Grant Writing
BIOL 902
Writing and Publishing Science
BIOL 950
Scientific Communication
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
NR 993Natural and Environmental Resources Seminar1-4
or NR 947 Ecosystem Science: Theory, Practice, and Management Applications for Sustainability
NR 996Natural Resource Education (1 credit )1 - 2
or LSA 900 College Teaching
Select one of the following Quantitative methods courses:3-4
BIOL 811
Experimental Design & Analysis
BIOL 933
DATA 800
Introduction to Applied Analytic Statistics
ECON 926
Econometrics I
ESCI 801
Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
MATH 835
Statistical Methods for Research
MATH 840
Design of Experiments I
MATH 969
Topics in Probability and Statistics I
NR 909
Analysis of Ecological Communities and Complex Data
NR 913
Quantitative Ecology
POLT 905
Introduction to Statistical Analysis
PSYC 905
Research Methodology and Statistics I
PSYC 907
Research Methods and Statistics III
SOC 901
Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics
SOC 903
Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics
SOC 904
Sociological Methods IV: Qualitative and Historical Research Methods
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
Select one of the following:
NR 899Master's Thesis (and a formal presentation of the thesis) 16
NR 998Directed Research (and directed research results) 24

An approved program of study plan is required during the first semester.

Deadline

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 15 (for funding); April 1 (recommended US; final international); Aug. 1 (final)
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GRE Required

GRE required. Request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photo copies of scores are not considered official. Our CEEB code is 3918.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives,
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

Applicants should visit the Natural Resources program website and review the list of faculty in their area of interest. The applicant should contact potential faculty advisors to discuss their interests and determine whether the faculty member(s) may be willing and able to serve as the student’s advisor before applying to the program. See the Natural Resources Faculty List for a current list of faculty.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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