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Natural Resources, M.S./Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Program Description

Graduate training emphasizes developing broad-based knowledge necessary to manage natural resources. The Field of Natural Resources encompasses a broad range of sub-disciplines, including:

•  Applied Ecology
•  Conservation Biology
•  Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
•  Fishery and Aquatic Science
•  Forest Science
•  Quantitative Ecology
•  Wildlife Science
•  Community-based Natural Resources Management
•  Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
•  Policy and Institutional Analysis
•  Program Development and Evaluation
•  Risk Analysis and Management

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs are research oriented, and each requires a thesis or dissertation. Students are normally expected to obtain the M.S. or equivalent degree before entering the Ph.D. program.

The Field of Natural Resources provides freedom to design a graduate program that addresses the individual interests of students. Excellent laboratory and field facilities are available. Many graduate students in the field also pursue international research topics.

The graduate program in natural resources is highly individualized and interdisciplinary. Students work with faculty advisors to identify course requirements and to define a research or professional project. In order to be admitted, a faculty member must express interest in supervising a prospective student, therefore it is important to correspond with potential faculty advisors during the application process.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.dnr.cornell.edu/cals/dnr/graduate/index.cfm
Email: cms44@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-3730

111D Fernow Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • applied ecology
  • community-based natural resources management
  • conservation biology
  • ecosystem biology and biogeochemistry
  • fishery and aquatic science
  • forest science
  • human dimensions of natural resources management
  • policy and institutional analysis
  • program development and evaluation
  • quantitative ecology
  • risk analysis and management
  • wildlife science

Tuition

2017-2018: $20,800

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Feb. 28; spring, Sept. 30

Fall semester

The Natural Resources graduate field has a rolling admissions policy and will accept applications through February 28th.  

In order to be considered for Cornell Graduate Fellowships and other University-sponsored fellowships Ph.D. applicants should apply by December 1st.  Most decisions regarding admission and associated Cornell Fellowships are made in December and January.

Requirements Summary:

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test (US students only)
  • curriculum vita (CV)
  • A faculty member must sponsor your application for review by the Admissions Committee. Therefore, it is important that you correspond with and obtain sponsorship from a faculty advisor during the application process."

Assessment

Ph.D Degree Proficiencies:

A candidate for a Ph.D degree in Natural Resources is expected to demonstrate a broad based knowledge in Natural Resources Management and demonstrate a mastery of knowledge in one of the following sub-disciplines:
    • Applied Ecology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
    • Fishery and Aquatic Science
    • Forest Science
    • Quantitative Ecology
    • Wildlife Science
    • Community-based Natural Resources Management
    • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
    • Policy and Institutional Analysis
    • Program Development and Evaluation
    • Risk Analysis and Management

Furthermore, the Ph.D candidate should demonstrate their ability to create new knowledge, as well as make an original and substantial contribution to the focal sub-discipline in a timely fashion.

 

Learn more about the assessment plan for the graduate field of natural resources.