Montana State University

Online Masters Program in Environmental Sciences

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Lisa Brown
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(406) 994-3062
lisa.brown@montana.edu


Delivery

Online

Total Credits

30 credits

Tuition and Fees

$353.50 per credit plus $30 registration fee per semester

Designed For

Students interested in understanding and managing landscapes at multiple scales through integrated and multi-disciplinary course work and independent study

Time Frame

Two years. Program duration may vary based on previous course work, study intensity, and course availability.

Brochure

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What You Will Earn

You will earn the same regionally accredited Montana State University degree that a student on the Bozeman campus is awarded. Your diploma and transcript are identical to those given to on-campus students and indicates a professional paper option.

Accreditation

Montana State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


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Degree

  • Master of Science in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Overview

The M.S. program in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences is designed to provide outstanding graduate training opportunities across a substantial breadth of disciplinary interests. Programs are specifically adapted to each graduate student and often address processes at multiple scales through well-integrated, multi-disciplinary efforts. Student projects are directed toward improving understanding of principles and processes important to land resources and environmental sciences, with opportunities for direct ties to management.

Understanding is developed through targeted advanced coursework tailored to the student. Professional papers may involve, but are not limited to, topics such as watershed hydrology, integrated management of invasive plant species, soil nutrient management, land reclamation, restoration ecology, fluvial systems ecology and restoration, riparian ecology, microbial ecology of natural systems, chemical fate and transport, water quality, crop diversification, precision agriculture, environmental risk assessment, remote sensing and GIS applications, and climate variability.

Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits:

  • 27 credits course work from 400/500 level courses
  • 3 credits professional paper requirement

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Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or a strong science background
  • undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • GRE combined score of greater than 300 (current scale) or 1,000 (prior scale: pre-2011).
  • show significant promise for success in a graduate program
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper-based test), 231 (computer-based test), and 80 (internet-based test)--required only for international students whose native language is not English

Meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. The minimum GPA and GRE scores are not absolute thresholds. Admission to Montana State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

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