The non-thesis option is designed primarily for students with substantial experience in natural resources who wish to enhance their professional degree skills.
Students enrolling in the non-thesis option will not be allowed to transfer to the thesis option without approval by vote of the faculty of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.
Before being admitted, students must identify a faculty member who is willing to serve as the major advisor.
All applicants for this degree are required to take the GRE.
Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate courses including 3-6 hours of WFB 707 (Non-thesis Study) that result in a broad, well informed, and integrated exposure to natural resources management and environmental issues; of the remaining graduate credit hours, at least half must be at the 800-level or above.
The non-thesis project will be of substantial nature and result in an extended report that addresses a major problem or issue relevant to the field of wildlife management, fisheries management, natural resources or environmental studies.
The scope of the project should be consistent with the credit hours (WFB 707 Non-thesis Study) awarded for the project (3-6 hours).
A maximum of 3 credit hours from independent studies (e.g. WFB 863 or similar courses) can be applied toward the coursework requirement.
The graduate advisory committee will ensure appropriate elective course selection, and may require a student to complete more than 24 credits if deficiencies in the student’s background exist or if additional courses are required for professional certification.
Students are also required to pass a final oral examination.