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Master of Natural Resources

If you’re looking for additional training in a natural resources field or are looking to transition your career to options beyond a cubicle, our Master of Natural Resources degree could be a great fit.

This non-thesis, terminal degree includes at least 33 hours of graduate-level coursework that can be completed in as little as three semesters. Choose from among several disciplinary areas:

*can be declared as an official Area of Emphasis

Classes take place in Athens, where you will learn through hands-on experiences in our labs and outdoor classrooms, including Whitehall Forest, Oconee Forest Park, and the many waterways and wetlands in the area. Our faculty also understand the demands of a graduate program and will work with students to develop a program of study that works best.

Depending on your program of study, you may also graduate as a certified wildlife biologist.

course Requirements

Each student works with a major professor, who chairs that student’s advisory committee and is their mentor through the program. The degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate-level course work.

Courses Hours
Courses within Warnell       12
Courses outside study area        9
Electives*       12
Total       33


*3 hours of applied research in Forestry and Natural Resources (FANR 9200) is recommended, but optional at the discretion of the advisory committee.

Learn more about student requirements and view a checklist for students

Note: Students matriculating in fall 2022 or later are required to take a GradFIRST (GRSC 7001) seminar during their first or second semester. The faculty-led seminars provide first-year graduate students with foundational training in research, scholarship, and professional development. More GradFIRST seminars are scheduled for fall semesters than spring (no summer offerings). This requirement must be included on the program of study as a “University Requirement” but is in addition to the courses required for degree completion.

Learn More about GradFIRST


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