NRM Graduate Program

The Department of Natural Resource Management offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) and Master of Agriculture (non-thesis) degrees in Range and Wildlife Management.  The graduate program is designed to prepare students for advanced educations (PhD) and for careers in teaching, extension, research, management, and other occupations requiring the higher level capabilities of a resource manager/scientist.

Additional information and support for graduate students, including thesis writing support, can be found at the SRSU Graduate Student Center, and in the ANRS thesis manual, and the NRM graduate student handbook.

Specific information on the 3 graduate program options is provided below:

1.  Master of Science - thesis option

Under this option, students will complete 30 hours of graduate course work and complete and defend a thesis.  Students will work with a faculty advisor from NRM to develop their research project.  When funding is available, a graduate assistantship will be offered as well as funding to conduct the research.  These assistantships are often advertised (see BRI job board and TAMU job board) but other opportunities may be available.  Thus, you are encouraged to contact the faculty member you are interested in working with directly prior to your application.  This is the most competitive option as funding and research projects are limited.
Thesis Graduate Degree Validation Process

2.  Master of Science – non-thesis option

Under this option, students will complete 30 hours of graduate course work and a record of study.  A small research project will be conducted and a record of study (a comprehensive report) will be submitted to the graduate committee.  Students will work with a faculty mentor from NRM to develop this research project.  Since external funding is not usually needed, more opportunities are available for this option. 

*NRM also offers teaching assistantships for some students in our Master of Science (thesis and non-thesis) programs.  These assistantships are limited but offer another means of support while providing students with teaching experience. 

3.  Master of Agriculture (online degree program)

Under this option, students will complete 30 hours of graduate course work.  An internship is suggested but may be substituted with an additional online class (no record of study or thesis is required).  Beginning Fall 2015, this option is available completely online and is intended for working professionals looking to further their education but not able to attend classes in a traditional setting.  Students with Bachelor degrees outside of NRM are encouraged to apply, and any leveling work will be decided upon by the student's major advisor.  This degree can be completed in 16 months or spread out over several years as preferred by the student.  See below for more information about the program or contact Dr. Patricia Harveson (email:

2019-2020 DEGREE PLAN - MAG Natural Resource Conservation


Applying to the NRM Graduate Program

Please review the Sul Ross Graduate Student page for detailed information on applying to SRSU.  In addition, the NRM department has additional requirements which are listed below (item #3).

1.  Apply for admission to SRSU graduate school using the Texas Common Application at

2.  Official college/university transcripts from all institutions attended sent to the Registrar's Office.

3.  Additional requirements by the NRM department (to be mailed to SRSU Graduate Admissions Office):

---Official GRE scores (not required for the MAg).

---2 letters of recommendation.

---Letter of intent (please specify which masters option and program concentration/major advisor you are interested in).

---Resume or vita


SRSU Graduate Admissions Office Address:

Sul Ross State University
Graduate Admissions
Box C-2
Alpine, TX 79832