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.
* Due to COVID-19 and test center closures, we are currently waiving the GRE test requirement for admission to our field.
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.).
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 additional information visit the Natural Resources MPS Degree Program.
For more information about the Master of Professional Studies please visit the CALS M.P.S. website.