Program: The program is interdisciplinary, emphasizing understanding of problems encountered in the management of both natural and cultural resources. It includes a basic core of 27 credits in resource management, courses in areas of interest and a specialty track in either natural resource areas (management of land, water, biotic, atmospheric, and energy resources) or cultural resources management (ethnographic and archaeological sites and materials, historic properties, and archives). An internship is recommended. Students must complete at least 60 credits as outlined in an approved course of study filed with the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. The course of study is selected by advisement before completing 25 credits.
Program Admission Requirements: In addition to master’s degree guidelines for admission to master’s programs, applicants for admission must have the following qualifications:
- A solid background in a discipline closely related to the resources they expect to manage. Normally, a bachelor’s degree is required in a technical field such as one of the biological, Earth, or physical sciences, geography, engineering, archaeology, ethnology, history, or architecture. In some cases work experience may be accepted in lieu of a technical major. Before admission, program faculty will evaluate the academic coursework and experience of all applicants for admission, and will recommend remedial course work if, in their judgment, there are deficiencies in pre-baccalaureate work which need to be overcome before entrance into the program.
- A high proficiency in written and spoken English as well as potential for post-graduate study and research. Evidence of proficiency and potential may include: GRE scores, samples of previous writing, letters of recommendation, an interview.
- A good background in basic statistics (the equivalent of two quarters of undergraduate statistics), knowledge of microeconomic principles, and some knowledge of computer systems (the equivalent of a one-quarter undergraduate course).
Admission to the program and continuation in it may be conditional on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of remedial courses. Such courses will not count toward the program credit requirement but in some cases they may be taken after admission to the program.
Application Deadline and Materials: students must comply with all deadlines and procedures for “applying to CWU” in the graduate admissions section of this catalog.