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Natural Resources, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #501 (WUR) , ID,
The problems facing our natural world are growing increasingly complex. In this program, you will gain the in-depth knowledge and research experiences to contribute to the solutions.


Our graduate students work alongside internationally recognized faculty across eight programs on leading natural resources research. For example, you could explore landscapes after wildland fire; invasive plant and animal species; new and better building materials; alternative wood-based energy sources; better remote sensing and GIS tools; wild fish runs; wildlife habitats; domestic livestock and grasslands; human interactions with the environment; and much more.

This program encompasses a wide range of natural resource disciplines and issues, ranging from forest resources and conservation sciences; to fire science and wildlife and fisheries resources; to rangeland management and forest products.

This program offers both a non-thesis option and a thesis option.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biogeochemical Cycling and Ecophysiology
  • Ecology (theory, applied, modeling / community, organism, etc.)
  • Endangered Species
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Political Science, Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Extension
  • Fisheries Sciences 
  • Forest Biometrics and Silviculture (including FBRI Fellowship) 
  • Forest Operations
  • Forest Sciences (excl. operations and pathology)
  • Genetics and Molecular Ecology
  • Geomorphology, Hydrology, and Earth Sciences
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Human Dimensions
  • Natural Resource Economics 
  • Pathology, Insects, and non-fire Disturbances
  • Policy Analysis and Land-Use Planning
  • Rangeland Sciences 
  • Remote Sensing, GIS, and Ecosystem Modeling 
  • Renewable Materials (incl. forest products)
  • Restoration and Regeneration (incl. nursery sciences)
  • Rural Community Development and Planning
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Tribal and Traditional Knowledge
  • Water Resources 
  • Wildland Fire Sciences 
  • Wildlife Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Admission requirements:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Scans of Official Transcripts 
  • Area of Emphasis Form 
  • Personal Information Form
  • Writing Sample 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26988 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13494 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    9352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4676 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Moscow

  • 750 - 1100 USD/month
    Living Costs

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