MA NRES Degree

The Master of Arts in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MA NRES) offers students the opportunity to pursue studies in the social or humanities dimensions of human-environment interactions, including historical and contemporary resource and environmental issues. It encourages the study of the social, cultural, ethical, economic and political dynamics of resource and land use, and environmental change.

Students choose from the following areas of study:

  • Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Outdoor Recreation, Conservation and Tourism

Program Overview

Required Courses

  • NRES 700-3
  • NRES 701-1
  • One methods course selected in discussion with your supervisor

These required courses allow students to learn about the philosophy of research and its methods and offer opportunities to learn about each other’s research as well as the mechanics of being a graduate student (developing research proposals, presenting at conferences, etc.).

Elective Courses

  • 6 credits at the 600 and 700 level

Elective courses provide students with the option to pursue their specialized interests and build expertise in their individual field of study.

Students may take elective courses from other academic units at UNBC or from other universities.


The MA NRES also requires the writing and defense of an independent research thesis (NRES 794-12).