Graduate Programs

The two master’s degrees offered by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment are designed for students desiring careers in resources management and students planning doctoral work. The courses and curriculum for the two degrees were developed in cooperation with groups and agencies that work professionally with resources management in Alaska. These agencies, including the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Forest Services, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, contribute significantly by providing guest lecturers and internship and research opportunities for students.   

  • Doctoral Degree
  • Master’s Degrees
  • How to Apply
    • Start as early as possible
    • Contact faculty members within our program to help direct your path
      • potentially lead to faculty advisor relationship
      • potentially start the process of developing ideas for a thesis or project topic
    • Take the GRE’s or TOEFL (when applicable) – Graduate applicants to NRE programs are required to submit GRE scores except in rare circumstances
  • Progress towards graduate degree (requirements and dates and deadlines of the Graduate School can be viewed at the Graduate School)
    • Establish a Graduate Committee Chair
    • Develop a thesis, project, or dissertation topic
    • Establish your Graduate Advisory Committee members
    • Develop a Graduate Study Plan with your major advisor
    • Take comprehensive exams
    • Conduct research for thesis (project or dissertation)
    • Prepare thesis (project or dissertation)
    • Thesis, project or dissertation defense
    • Final revisions

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment generally requires a degree in a scientific discipline related to the natural sciences. The core disciplines of natural resources and the environment can be highly interdisciplinary and therefore, incoming students’ backgrounds vary considerably. Thus, acceptance into the program is made on a case-by-case basis.

Recommended Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: March 1 for international students; June 1 for U.S. citizens

Spring Semester: September 1 for international students; October 15 for U. S. citizens


Our deadline is the default university deadline of June 1 for fall. However, since we are a small department, it is in the student’s best interest to apply no later than March or April (for starting in the fall semester).  Availability of a faculty mentor and funding is limited, therefore, for prospective students who are looking to be supported under a particular research program, earlier communication with a potential sponsoring faculty member provides a better chance of securing support.