Apr 13, 2024  
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environment, Natural Resources & Society, M.S.


This master’s degree program develops collaborative, interdisciplinary leaders in environmental fields such as natural resource management, planning, and administration across nonprofit, for profit, government, and academic settings.

Program Overview


Students earning the master of science in Environment, Natural Resources & Society (ENRS) will consult a Haub School advisor to design a program of study tailored to meet their educational goals. Students take courses and complete a Plan A research thesis or Plan B research project focusing on issues pertinent to environmental or natural resources management or policy.

Graduates of this program will:

  • develop an interdisciplinary and collaborative mindset;
  • experience critical engagement with community stakeholders and decision-makers;
  • excel in team-based collaborative environments;
  • gain experience in relevant and emergent research methods and practices;
  • demonstrate excellent written, oral, and digital communication across a range of audiences and purposes, including developing expertise in public engagement;
  • apply conceptual, critical, and creative thought to relevant environmental and natural resource issues; and,
  • analyze and evaluate complex systems that contribute to inclusive, sound, and well-informed decisions.

Applicants to the M.S. in Environment, Natural Resources & Society must apply directly to the University of Wyoming. Applications for graduate assistantships should be directed to the Haub School. Current application requirements are available online.

Students must earn a minimum of 32 credit hours for the Plan A thesis option and 30 credit hours for the Plan B option:

11 Credit Hours in ENRS Core Courses:


Plan A Thesis Credit (4 credit hours):


Or Plan B Thesis Credit (2 credit hours):


17 Credit Hours in ENRS Electives:


Students will consult with their Haub School advisor to choose electives that support their plan of study and Plan A or Plan B thesis. Choose courses from any of the following categories:

Plan A or Plan B Project Research:


Both Plan A and Plan B theses lead to original thought, synthesis, or integration of relevant elements of scholarship on issues pertinent to environmental and natural resources management or policy. The Plan A thesis will incorporate original research and data analysis on an applied environmental or natural resource management problem. The Plan B thesis project is somewhat more flexible and may take a variety of forms. Students will consult their major advisor and graduate committee on the form and content of the Plan A and Plan B thesis.