The graduate field of natural resources and the environment is core to our mission of creating knowledge and facilitating learning to improve society’s stewardship of the environment and promote a conservation ethos for a sustainable planet. We foster a strong sense of community within the graduate field, which includes faculty and graduate students from within the Department of Natural Resources and across Cornell University.
Graduate Field of Natural Resources and the Environment
The graduate field of natural resources and the environment offers students the freedom to design a graduate program that addresses their individual interests. Students work closely with faculty advisors to identify course requirements and to define a research or professional project.
MS, PhD and joint MS/PhD
We offer advanced studies leading to two research degrees: the Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy. You can also apply to the MS/PhD program where you complete both an MS and PhD as part of your graduate program. These degrees require a focus on primary research, including supplemental courses at the graduate level and completion of a thesis (MS) or dissertation (PhD).
A Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Agriculture and Life Sciences is available for students whose interests are not primarily research-oriented. This degree is typically pursued by those already employed in a professional capacity who plan to continue in this field, yet seek further coursework to upgrade their skills and knowledge. The MPS degree requires the completion of a professional paper in addition to coursework.
Graduate Field Assistant
nregrad [at] cornell.edu
Director of Graduate Studies
mek2 [at] cornell.edu
Director of MPS Degree Program
sjm11 [at] cornell.edu