Online Degree Requirements

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The NRES M.S. curriculum is designed to maximize flexibility and allow you, with the help of your adviser and committee, to craft the education most appropriate to your goals. At Illinois, graduate courses are those at the 400- and 500-level.

All online students are admitted into the non-thesis program. If you wish to consider completing a thesis, you should contact NRES Students Services at or (217) 333-5824 for more information.

Required Courses Non-thesis - Required Hours Thesis - Required Hours
Total Hours 32 32
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall 12 12
NRES 594 1 1
Capstone requirement, choose one of
  • NRES 503 Capstone Research Project
  • NRES 505 Capstone Internship Experience
  • NRES 507 Capstone Group Res Project
Thesis Hours Required   4-12
Minimum GPA 3.0 3.0
Other Requirements Written final examination; preparation, presentation, oral exam, and approval of a capstone project report. A departmental petition must be submitted and approved in order to pursue this option.
Completion, defense, and deposit of thesis.