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MNR Degree Procedures

Major Professor

The Major Professor is chair of the student’s Advisory Committee and is the student’s primary source of advice on academic, scientific, and professional matters. The Major Professor will most likely be involved with a number of graduate students and other matters, so it is incumbent upon the student to use the School’s web site, the Graduate School Bulletin, and the MNR Student Checklist to insure adequate progress toward graduation.

Advisory Committee


Due: End of the first semester

  • Composed of the student’s major professor, who serves as chair, and two other faculty members.
  • The major professor must be a member of the Warnell faculty (no adjunct members may serve), and must be working in the student’s study area.
  • Of the two additional members of the committee, one must work in a study area outside the student’s area of concentration. The outside representative may be from another school or college of the University.
  • All committee members must hold the rank of assistant professor or above, or the equivalent.

Program of Study


Due: End of the first semester

  • Program of Study must form a logical major consisting of 33 hours of graduate-level course work.
  • At least 12 of the 33 hours must be within the School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • At least 9 of the 33 hours must be outside the student’s discipline.
  • 3 hours of Applied Research in Forestry and Natural Resources (FANR 9200) is recommended, but optional at the discretion of the Advisory Committee
  • No more than 3 hours each of Problems or Applied Research under one faculty member, with no more than a grand total of 6 hours in these courses.

An overall average of 3.0 must be maintained on all courses on the Program of Study, with no grade below a C on any course.


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