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Agriculture and Life Sciences (Natural Resources) M.P.S. (Ithaca)

Field of Study

Natural Resources

Program Description

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

  • Applied Ecology 
  • Community-Based Natural Resource Management 
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecosystem Biology and Biogeochemistry
  • Environmental Management
  • Fishery and Aquatic Science
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Science
  • Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management
  • Policy and Institutional Analysis
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Quantitative Ecology
  • Risk Analysis and Management
  • Social Analysis Decision Making
  • Sustainable Systems
  • Water Resource Mangement
  • Wildlife Science 


A Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree is available for students whose interests are not primarily research-oriented.

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. 


Contact Information

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


2018-2019: $35,736

Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Fall, Feb. 28: applications received after the application deadline will be considered if space is available; Spring, Sept. 30


Requirements Summary:

  • All Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL or IELTS Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE general test (US students only)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV)

Learning Outcomes

Candidates for a M.P.S. degree in Natural Resources demonstrate knowledge in one of the field’s sub-disciplines as well as the following proficiencies:
  • Development of technical skills and capabilities through technical tools, subject matter, and laboratory and/or field studies to enhance student problem solving abilities.
  • Gaining a system perspective enabling students to think across disciplines (socioeconomic and biophysical).
  • Better understanding of global and local perspectives and issues that impact society.
  • Acquisition of skills to monitor and evaluate projects.
  • Improved oral and written communication skills, including the ability to write project and funding proposals, and to effectively present project outputs using a variety of media.
  • Improved skills in critical research and assessment.