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.

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.

Contact us

Graduate Field Assistant
nregrad [at] (nregrad[at]cornell[dot]edu) 


Director of Graduate Studies
Marianne Krasny
mek2 [at] (mek2[at]cornell[dot]edu)  


Director of MPS Degree Program
Stephen Morreale
sjm11 [at] (sjm11[at]cornell[dot]edu)