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Graduate students in the School of Natural Resources work on unique research projects that get them a hands-on and in-depth education in their field. We work alongside our students and watch as they make a difference in the world. Our program attracts talented students from around the country and the globe. Check out our research opportunities, faculty, and degrees to learn more about being a graduate student at SNR.

Go ahead and escape the ordinary. Seek your adventure with us.

Graduate Programs

The Natural Resource Sciences progam has both Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosphy degrees. Both degrees require a thesis. A minor is also available.

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The Master of Applied Science program degree does not require a thesis and is to provide coordinated professional training for students who need post-baccalaureate work in natural resources for their career.

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We have excellent laboratory, computer and field facilities available for performing up-to-date analyses. State, federal and private natural resource organizations provide unique opportunities for learning and gaining experiences through cooperative research. Plus, we have world-class faculty with diverse expertise and experiences.

Steps to Joining our Graduate Program

The first step to joining our graduate program is making a connection with one of our graduate faculty.

Learn how to apply to each of the programs.

Available University of Nebraska Assistantships & Fellowships

Energy Sciences Internshi[
Department: Lincoln, NE
Salary: NA
Deadline: 12/30/2019
https://go.unl.edu/kup2

Research Assistantship - Urban Social-ecological Dynamics
Department: School of Natural Resouces, UNL
Deadline: 11/17/2019
https://go.unl.edu/2cj9

Research Assistantship - Spatial Variability
Department: School of Natural Resources, UNL
Salary: Starting salary $22,000 for M.S. or $24,000 for Ph.D.
Deadline: 12/16/2019
https://go.unl.edu/gp37

M.S. Assistantships: Urban Social-ecological Dynamics
Department: School of Natural Resources
Deadline: 12/2/2019
https://go.unl.edu/qpvt

MS and PhD Assistantships (National Science Foundation Research Traineeship)
Department: Various Departments
Salary: $34,000 - $36,000/year
Deadline: 3/31/2020
https://nrt.unl.edu/how-apply

Additional Funding Sources

Katharine Hogan

Meet Katharine

"After graduating from Taylor University, I didn’t know what ecosystem I wanted to work in, so I figured I’d work in as many as possible and figure it out. I thought I would find a favorite ecosystem and stick with it. Well, it turns out I stuck with Nebraska because although I did grow fond of prairies, I really liked the people I was working with."

Student Stories

Daniel Rico

Meet Daniel

"I am motivated more than ever to continue to push my research forward and do everything I can to ensure humanity a brighter tomorrow."

Student Stories

Tony Mucia

Meet Tony

"My master’s primarily focused on how this GRACE product captures drought severity and drought extent in the U.S., comparing GRACE data to other drought indices and other data."

Student Stories

Meet Christopher

"I’m putting out bat detectors on farmlands. You won’t know the number of bats, but based on the amount of calls, you can gain insight into activity patterns, and if you get quality calls, you can actually identify a species based off its call."

Christopher's NRT Connection More Student Stories

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Contact Patty Swanson

Graduate Admissions Coordinator

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3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE 68583-0921

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