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Natural Resources Graduate Program Requirements

For more information about the program requirements, visit the College of Natural Resources and Science Graduate Program Requirements page.

All four options in the MS in Natural Resources share the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 units of academic work, including at least 15 units at the 500 or 600 level.
  2. A minimum of 21 units must be taken in residence at HSU.*
  3. No more than 9 extension or transfer units may be accepted.*
  4. No more than 6 units combined of Thesis (690) and/or Research Problems (695) may count toward the degree total of 30 units.*
  5. No more than 9 units of any combination of Thesis (690), Professional Paper (692), Research Problems (695), or Directed Study (699) may count towards the degree total of 30 units.
  6. A grade point average of 3.0 or better in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the degree.*
  7. By University policy**, students are required to enroll for at least one unit per term for at least two terms (fall, spring, or summer) each academic year until their degree requirements have been completed. In the NR/MS Program, students who fail to maintain continuous enrollment without a Leave of Absence must reapply and be re-admitted to the NR/MS Program.

    The policy of the NR/MS program is that the option of enrolling for one unit through Extended Education in order to fulfill the continuous enrollment requirement is permitted only for grad students who have met the following four requirements: 1) they have Advanced to Candidacy; 2) they have completed all of their coursework; 3) they have collected their thesis data; and 4) they have submitted a first draft of their thesis to the graduate advisor.
  8. Upon advancement to candidacy, a student must submit a research proposal that has been approved by his/her thesis committee.  The proposal consists of a statement of purpose or problem, a thorough review of the literature, and an explanation of the research methods.
  9. Completion of a thesis.
    1. A thesis is the written product of a systematic study of a significant problem.  It identifies the problem, states the major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers conclusions or recommendations.  The finished product evidences originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, and thorough documentation.*
  10. A public oral presentation and a closed formal defense are required for all thesis research.

Requirements specific to the Environmental Science and Management Department:

* Reference: Title 5, California Code of Regulations
** Reference:  HSU Handbook for Masters Students