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School of Environment and Natural Resources

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The Environment and Natural Resources Graduate Program (ENRGP) is the academic home for a group of faculty and graduate students who share a common interest in improving our understanding of the environment, our natural resources, and our ability to protect and manage them. These faculty and students are engaged in research, education, and learning in a variety of areas in the natural and social sciences. This diverse and interdisciplinary group is unified by a commitment to intellectual rigor and a common definition and standard for scholarship.

The ENRGP prepares students with the expertise needed to follow pursuits in the public or private sectors in research, public policy development, environmental and natural resource management, and more through our PhD program and two master's degrees, one focused on research and the other on professional practice. We invite prospective students to explore the information below and links to the left to discover the opportunities that the ENRGP provides.

Alayna Dorobek, a Master of Science student in Fisheries & Wildlife Science, shares her learning experiences at the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in the video below.

Doctoral Program

The Doctor of Philosophy is an advanced research degree that prepares students to pursue high-level, independent, scholarly research. While the PhD program is fundamentally oriented toward preparing students to pursue academic careers, it also provides a foundation for students wishing to pursue research careers in government and the private sector.

The ENRGP PhD program admission options both for those with a master's degree and those without. Learn more here.

Master of Science

The Master of Science is a thesis-based research degree that engages students in course work, study, and research leading to the production of a scholarly master’s thesis and publication in refereed, professional journals. The program prepares students to be critical thinkers who are familiar with the concepts, theories, and research methodologies in their fields. Students completing the Master of Science are prepared for careers in environmental and natural resource science, management, policy, and education.

Master of Environment and Natural Resources

The Master of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) is a 36-credit hour applied graduate degree for practicing professionals and others who want to enhance their professional competency in environmental and natural resource science and management. The MENR is a separate program from the Master of Science for students seeking a theory-into-practice orientation that does not require a thesis. This highly flexible degree allows students to tailor a curriculum around their desired career focus.

Graduates of the MENR have found employment in a variety of positions, including private sector administration and consulting, as well as public sector employment at the local, state, and federal level, including the Ohio EPA, US Forest Service, and the US Department of State.

Dual and Combined Degrees

Our interdisciplinary focus extends beyond the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Students are encouraged to enhance their expertise by simultaneously pursuing two graduate degrees, or a master's degree and professional degree, in less time than it would take to complete both degrees sequentially. ENRGP students have pursued simultaneous degrees in public affairs, city and regional planning, law, and more.