Resource Administration and Management (M.S.)

Resource Administration and Management (M.S.)

Poster Presentation

Why get a master’s degree in resource administration and management?

Our world’s finite natural resources are experiencing increased environmental, economic and societal demands. An M.S degree in resource administration and management will help you craft workable management approaches for protecting these resources now and for future generations. You’ll learn advanced, evidence-based research approaches, statistics and empirical analysis while also studying environmental policy, environmental and regional economic development, and the roles of law and policy. You’ll be prepared for a career in a field that will continue to grow as more organizations commit to sound environmental practices, creating opportunities for leaders experienced in the sustainable use, management and protection of our natural resources

Why choose UNH for your degree? 

UNH has a long history of research, education and outreach in natural resources. Our interdisciplinary Master of Science program in resource administration and management offers you the opportunity to specialize in the management of publicly and privately owned natural resources or in the administration of natural resource laws and policies. You’ll also have the opportunity to combine theory and practice with access to a diverse array of terrestrial, marine and freshwater field sites, including our own farms, woods, fields and ponds. UNH, which earned the Carnegie Classification R1, ranks among nation’s highest-performing research universities and has a research portfolio that brings in more than $110 million in competitive external funding annually. 

Potential career areas

  • Conservation stewardship
  • Environmental consulting 
  • Fisheries management 
  • Forestry
  • Land-use planning 
  • Natural resources management 
  • Policy analysis 
  • Range conservation 
  • Wildlife management


John Halstead

Program Coordinator for Environmental and Resource Economics
Phone: (603) 862-3914
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 138, Durham, NH 03824
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of New Hampshire
James Hall, Rm 114
56 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-1022

Curriculum & Requirements

Beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year, the MS in Resource Administration and Management program will no longer be accepting new students. Current MS in Resource Administration and Management students will continue to have access to the same high-quality education and resources until they graduate.

Students interested in this field should consider the natural resources degree option in environmental economics or environmental conservation and sustainability.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment coordinates the interdisciplinary master of science degree program in resource administration and management. Students may specialize in management of publicly and privately owned natural resources or in administration of natural resource laws and policies.

M.S. Degree Requirements

The master of science degree in resource administration and management is conferred upon successful completion of a program amounting to not less than 34 credits, including the following course requirements or equivalent:

NR 903Approach to Research2
Quantitative methods or analytical techniques4
POLT #905
Introduction to Statistical Analysis
SOC 903
Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics
ECON 976
Microeconomics I
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
RAM 911Natural and Environmental Resource Management4
An advanced course in environmental policy4
NR 820
International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century
Or an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator
Select one of the following:
Final oral and/or written examination


 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); July 1 (final)
  • Spring: Dec. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

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.


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 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, including waiver requests and current COVID related impacts, 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.

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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