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Graduate Program

Welcome to the Graduate Field of Natural Resources at Cornell University.  The Graduate Field of Natural Resources is core to the mission of the Department and we foster a strong sense of community within the Graduate Field, which includes graduate faculty and students from within the Department of Natural Resources and across the University. The Field of Natural Resources offers students the freedom to design a graduate program that addresses their individual interests. Students work with faculty advisors to identify course requirements and to define a research or professional project.

Degrees Offered:

We offer two research degrees: the Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy.

M.S., Ph.D., and combined M.S./Ph.D.

The Graduate Field of Natural Resources offers advanced studies leading to the degrees of M.S. and Ph.D.  We offer two research degrees: the Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy. You can also apply to the M.S./Ph.D. program where you complete both an M.S. and Ph.D. as part of your graduate program.  These degrees require a focus on primary research, including supplemental courses at the graduate level and completion of a thesis (M.S.)  or dissertation (Ph.D.).

M.P.S.

A Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Agriculture and Life Sciences is available for students whose interests are not primarily research-oriented. This degree is typically pursued by those already employed in a professional capacity who plan to continue in this field, yet seek further coursework to upgrade their skills and knowledge. The M.P.S. degree requires the completion of a professional paper in addition to coursework.

For more information about the Master of Professional Studies please visit the Academic Requirements for the M.P.S. website.

Within the Graduate Field of Natural Resources, we offer the following "concentrations" for our degree programs:

  • Applied Ecology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
  • Fishery and Aquatic Science
  • Forest Science
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Wildlife Science
  • Community-based Natural Resources Management
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Policy and Institutional Analysis
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Risk Analysis and Management

For more information about graduate student life in our department, please visit the Department of Natural Resources Graduate Association website.