The School of Natural Resources and the Environment is concerned with the management and conservation of natural ecosystems with emphasis on the desert, rangeland, and forest ecosystems of arid and semi-arid environments. Graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy prepare students for (1) research and teaching in the areas of natural resource science, conservation, management, and planning; and (2) positions in natural resource management agencies and organizations. All students are urged to gain a broad understanding of social and political institutions as they affect fundamental relations of humans and their environment, particularly those involving plants, animals, soil and water resources, and climate. Students pursuing the M.S. or Ph.D. degree may elect one of four disciplinary emphasis areas: Ecology, Management, and Restortation of Rangelands; Natural Resources Studies; Watershed Management and Ecohydrology; and Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation and Management. Students also may choose from a wide variety of minor subjects, including soil science, watershed management, animal science, wildlife ecology, plant science, ecology, anthropology, public administration, and global change.
Career opportunities for M.S. and Ph.D. graduates exist in federal and state natural resource agencies and legislative policy and budget offices; in non-governmental organizations; in offices of corporations and trade associations concerned with natural resource policy and administration; and in international development agencies, consulting firms, universities, and private research organizations.
Students working toward the M.S. degree, thesis track, shall complete a minimum of 30 units including a thesis for which as many as 6 units may be earned. Students working towards the M.S. degree, non-thesis track, shall complete a minimum of 36 units.
The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 63 units distributed as follows: 36 units in the major, 9 units from the minor, and 18 units of dissertation. For information concerning requirements for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees see Requirements for Master's Degrees and Requirements for Doctoral Degrees (https://grad.arizona.edu/gsas/degree-requirements).
Applicants for the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy degree programs are required to submit 1) a well-crafted letter of intent, 2) three letters of recommendation, 3) a summary of coursework (available through the School), and 4) a resume. Additionally, applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate with prospective faculty advisors prior to applying. Applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate major in a natural resources or closely related field with strong training in biological, physical, and social sciences comparable to that required for the bachelor's degree at The University of Arizona. Applicants lacking these prerequisites will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Watershed Management and Ecohydrology: The emphasis of the Watershed Program is on interactions between hydrologic processes and land-surface conditions and the application of this knowledge to land-water resource planning and management. The focus of the program is on arid/semiarid regions of the southwestern United States and the world. Research areas include hydrology, hydrologic-vegetative interactions, soil-water processes, erosion and sedimentation, stream dynamics, watershed modeling, hydrologic effects of management, land-use, and climate change. Other research areas include analysis and assessment (including GIS), economics and policy, integrated watershed management, fire effects, and tree ring studies.
The School of Natural Resources and the Environment is a world leader in pursuing science that informs how environmental change impacts arid and semi-arid systems and how best to adapt to environmental challenges. We are a cohort of students, faculty, and staff who take great pride in our focus on problem-driven research, teaching, and extension encompassing all aspects of environmental stewardship. Our research answers important questions about how ecosystems respond under environmental or human pressures. We develop strategies to help mitigate the effects of these pressures, helping to create and maintain healthy and sustainable ecological systems.
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
TOEFL 79, (IELTS composite score 7)
THE GRE IS NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION
3 letters of recommendation
Letter of intent
Summary of course work
(http://snre.arizona.edu/academics/prospective-students/graduate-degrees under "How to Apply")
Proof of English proficiency is required for any international applicant born in a country where English is not the official language. Please click the link below for more information.
Some Teaching Assistantships
Some Tuition scholarships
Some graduate fellowships (for incoming students only)
International applicants may be considered for conditional admission to this program at the department's discretion.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
0106 (Fisheries), 0108 (Forestry), 0111 (Range), 0113 (RNR) and 0115 (Wildlife)
Minumum credits: 30 for MS, 63 for PhD
Coursework: 25 for MS, 45 for PhD
Language requirements: NA
Entrance and Degree Requirements
Required: 2 semesters of RNR 696A Department Seminar (1 unit)
Coursework includes a minimum of 6 units from the list of courses provided below:
WSM 539 Introduction to Dendrochronology (4 units)
WSM 552 Dryland Ecohydrology and Vegetation Dynamics (4 units)
WSM 560 Watershed Hydrology (4 units)
WSM 562 Watershed Management (3 units)
WSM 568 Wildland Water Quality (3 units)
RNR 529 Ecological Climatology (3 units)
RNR 538 Fire Ecology (3 units)
RNR 548 Conservation Planning & Wildland Recreation (3 units)
RNR 555 Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions (3 units)
RNR 558 Ecosystem Ecology and a Sustainable Future (3 units)
RNR 575 Economic Evaluation of Water and Environmental Policy (3 units)
ARL 565 Physical Aspects Of Arid Lands (3 units)
Additional Courses include but are not limited to the following:
ENVS 696A Soils ,Water, and Environmental Science (1 unit)
GC 597A Local and regional consequences of global change and the application of research to decision making (3 units)
GC 695G Global Change Toolkit (1 unit)
GEOG 547 Global and Regional Climatology (3 units)
GEOG 696C Physical Geography (3 units)
GEOS 550 Geomorphology and Landscape Evolution (3 units)
GEOS 578 Global Change (3 units)
GEOS 582 Paleoclimatology (3 units)
GEOS 583 Modes of Climate Variability (4 units)
GEOS 585A Applied Time Series Analysis (1 - 3 units)
GEOS 595E Topics in Dendrochronology (1 - 4 units)
RNR 599 Independent Study (1 - 3 units)
WSM 696A Watershed Management (1 - 2 units)
Minimum GPA in all coursework must be ≥ 3.0
Qualifying Meeting: During your first semester you and your advisor will need to coordinate a meeting with the chair of the departmental option, another faculty member in SNRE, your advisor, and yourself. The purpose of this qualifying meeting is to orient you to the program, go over degree requirements, and provide initial guidance regarding your first few semesters. During the meeting, the attendees will review your background, research interests, and course needs. You will outline a preliminary master’s plan of study with the courses listed semester by semester, however, your final Plan of Study will be determined by your MS committee.
Annual reports are required and due by April 15th each year.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.