The Department of NRES provides an interdisciplinary graduate education. Consequently, students who succeed in our programs come from a variety of backgrounds. There are certain standards that apply to all applicants, regardless of their proposed area of focus.
In order to be admitted to the NRES online M.S. program, applicants:
The GRE is not required for admission to the online M.S. program.
Please note that admission into this program is competitive. In many semesters, we receive more applications meeting the minimum qualifications than we are able to accept. Consequently, not all students who meet these minimum standards will be admitted into the program. Students who need to strengthen their academic background are welcome to take NRES courses as a non-degree student, but succeeding in them does not guarantee admission. Up to 12 hours taken as a non-degree seeking student may be counted toward the degree if admitted.
There are two approaches to beginning the online M.S. program in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. You can apply for admission or you can enroll in a few courses as a non-degree seeking student, which allows you to try out the program to see if it is a good fit for you.
To Enroll in a Few Courses
You can find the NRES courses being offered online at the Online Illinois course finder (be sure to click on the down arrow on the right side to pull down the full list). For course information, contact us at email@example.com.
Please note that only 400- and 500-level courses can count toward a graduate degree.
As a non-degree seeking student, you will also register through the Online Illinois website.
To Apply for Admission
Please note: If an applicant wishes to appeal the denial of his/her application, the applicant must send a written letter detailing the reasons for reconsideration. This must be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org within 30 days of notification of denial. The NRES Departmental Grievance Committee will consider the original application for admission and the letter of appeal only.
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 email@example.com or (217) 333-5824 for more information.
|Required Courses||Non-thesis - Required Hours||Thesis - Required Hours|
|Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall||12||12|
Capstone requirement, choose one of
|Thesis Hours Required||4-12|
|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.
Contact NRES Student Services at (217) 333-5824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.