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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.

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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


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  1. Submit the Graduate Study Objectives Form
    Indicate the potential major professors you would prefer to work with, and to which faculty members your application would be routed for review. This is a Warnell departmental requirement. Complete the form by entering your name and as many areas of interest as you would like. Once you have chosen your interests, a list of faculty working in those areas will appear. Choose the faculty you prefer as a major professor and submit the form using the bottom >> button.
  2. Complete the Graduate School Online Application
    Application fees are $75 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants.
  3. Submit the Statement of Career Goals
    Submit under the "Statement of Purpose" supporting document portal in the Graduate School application. This personal statement should express your reasons for seeking the degree, your interest in the field, and your expectations for the future. The statement should be typed in essay format with a title of "Career Goals."
  4. Submit the CV
    Submit under the "Resume" supporting document portal in the Graduate School application. A CV is a comprehensive document that elaborates on education, publications, and other achievements.
  5. Send official GRE Scores
    GRE scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions directly by the responsible testing agency. You MUST list UGA (ETS code: 5813) as an actual Score Recipient.
  6. Send Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores (International Applicants Only)
    Scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions directly by the responsible testing agency. Applicable only to international students whose native language is not English.
  7. Transcripts
    Applicants should submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Official transcripts are not required during the review process and will only be required for applicants who are offered admission.
  8. Three Letters of Recommendation
    Three letters of recommendation are a departmental requirement. As part of the Graduate School's online application, applicants should include the email addresses of three recommenders. This will prompt the recommenders to submit letters of recommendation for your application.

If you have any questions regarding the Graduate School's online application, please email the Office of Graduate Admissions.

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