Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences - Online

The online M. S. graduate program in NRES enables students to continue their education in disciplines related to natural resources and environmental sciences through part-time study at locations away from the Urbana-Champaign campus. This program meets the needs of persons currently working or wanting to work in the areas of conservation, ecology, restoration ecology, soil science, sustainable development, urban ecology, urban forestry, urban wildlife management, and water resources management. Students can enroll in individual courses for professional and/or academic advancement, or apply for admission to the M.S. degree program. All online M.S. students are admitted to the non-thesis option, though, under certain conditions, a degree-seeking online student may petition the Department to transfer to the thesis option. Application deadlines and other important information are available at https://nres.illinois.edu/online/apply.

The thesis option requires that the student satisfactorily complete a minimum of 32 hours of graduate coursework, of which a minimum of 12 graduate hours are 500- level courses. This coursework shall include Professional Orientation (594) and 4 to 12 graduate hours of Thesis Research (599), which culminates in the completion and oral defense of a thesis.

A non-thesis option student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 32 hours of graduate coursework, of which a minimum of 12 graduate hours are 500- level courses, Professional Orientation (594), and 3 to 8 hours of capstone experience in the form of a Capstone Research Project (503), Capstone Internship Experience (505), or Capstone Group Research Project (507). The student must prepare and submit a report analyzing the capstone learning experience and perform satisfactorily on written and oral final examinations.

Thesis Option

NRES 594NRES Professional Orientation1
Electives19-27
NRES 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)4-12
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Completion, defense and deposit of thesis
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Non-Thesis Option

NRES 594NRES Professional Orientation1
Select one of the following 3-8
Capstone Research Project
Capstone Internship Experience
Capstone Group Research Project
Electives23-28
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
Written final examination; preparation, presentation, oral exam, and approval of a capstone project report.
Minimum GPA: 3.0