WFB Masters - Non-Thesis Option

  • 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.  

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