Degree Requirements

Departmental Requirements

An M.S. degree is conferred upon successful completion, 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.

  • Research Methods (4 credits)
    • EDUC 904 (4 credits, Policy students) or
      NR 903: Approach to Research (2 credits) 
    • With NR 903, choose one of the following additonal research methods classes for a total of 4 credits: 
       NR 905: Grant Writing (2 credits) or
       BIOL 902: Writing and publishing science (2 credits) or
       BIOL 950: Scientific Communication (2 credits) or 
       an alternative with approval from the Graduate Coordinator 
  • NR 993: Hot Topics Seminar (2 credits) or
    NR 947: Current Issues in Ecosystem Ecology (2 credits)
  • NR 996: Natural Resource Education (1 credit) or
    LSA 900: College Teaching (2 credits)
  • A Quantitative methods course
  • NR 899:*Master's Thesis or NR 998: **Directed Research
  • One course in Ecology, requirement of EC option only
  • Environmental Economics Option Requirements:
        Econ 926: Econometrics I
        Econ 976: MicroEconomics

*   The thesis option will provide a research-based thesis that is the foundation for a peer-reviewed publication.

** The directed research option shall consist of a project designed and conducted by the student, culminating in a scholarly paper or report that is suitable for publication in the respective field of scholarship.

Approved Program of Study plan during the first semester.

Graduate School Requirements:

Graduate students select a committee composed of the faculty member under whose direction it was written and two other members of the graduate faculty nominated by the department chairperson or graduate program coordinator and appointed by the dean of the Graduate School.

A total of 30 credit hours are needed to complete a master's program. Additional coursework is to be chosen by the graduate student, in conjunction with the major professor and the student's advisory committee.

Special Student Credits: A maximum of 12 credits completed by a special student in UNH graduate courses may be applied to a student’s degree program.

Transfer Credit: A maximum of 8 credits earned at the graduate level and completed on the campus of an accredited institution authorized to grant graduate degrees, may be transferred to count toward their graduate program.

All graduate work for any master's degree must be completed within six years from the date of matriculation (enrollment following admission) in the program.