Admissions

Graduate Admission Policy

Admission to the Master's Degree program in Natural Resources and Environmental Management is based on a combination of undergraduate grade point average, Graduate Record Examination scores, and completed recommendation forms. Students whose native language is not English but who score a minimum of 550 on the PBT or 213 on the CBT in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) have no additional language requirements. Those students scoring below 550 or 213 on the CBT may retake the exam or enroll in special writing, speaking and listening courses offered by the English Department.

The university's Center for International Programs is the starting point for students who are not U.S. citizens. They can be contacted by mail (SC 102, Ball State University, Muncie IN 47306, U.S.A. ) or on the web to obtain their application packet.

The application is a two step process:
1. The applicant applies to the Graduate School for admission and submits one official transcript to the Graduate School. Online application forms for the Graduate School are available. A 2.75 (on 4.0 scale) GPA is required for regular admission (or 3.0 for last half of undergraduate course work). An appeal process with directed probationary study may be available for those not meeting minimum admission standards. Upon successful completion of the directed study, regular admission is granted.

2. The applicant also applies to the department by submitting the departmental admission form and GRE scores. Additionally, each student must arrange for at least two recommendation forms to be submitted by evaluators. Admission to both the Graduate School and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management is required.

If you are accepted by the Graduate School and the department, and want to be considered for a graduate assistantship, indicate this interest to the graduate advisor. For other types of support you may write the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information (Lucina Hall, Room 245, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306 ) or visit their web site.

Graduate Program Description

Students pursuing a Graduate Degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management can develop customized programs based on their educational and employment objectives. Our students have obtained careers in a wide variety of governmental and private sector positions that require training in resource management and environmental science.

Graduate students can choose from a M.S. or M.A. degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. Candidates for the M.A. and M.S. degrees have slightly different program requirements. Students enrolling in the M.A. degree program complete a Research Paper (RES 697) or Creative Project (CRPRJ 698) and supporting course work as determined by the graduate advisor whereas M.S. degree students take Thesis (THES 698) for 6 hours and supporting course work as determined by the thesis committee. Both programs require a minimum of 33 credit hours of course work, including Graduate Research Methodology (NREM 608) and Seminar (NREM 609).

Policy and Procedure

All new M.S. and M.A. students must consult with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management graduate advisor, Dr. James Eflin, before registering for courses. Students will make a degree choice (M.S. versus M.A.) soon after being admitted. For those students selecting the M.A. program, the departmental graduate advisor will continue to advise the student on courses and general requirements for the degree. For students selecting the M.S. degree program, a graduate committee (minimum of three faculty members, at least two from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management) will be selected by the student with the approval of the departmental graduate advisor. The thesis advisor (a member of the graduate faculty) will serve as chair of the graduate committee. This committee, with advice from the departmental graduate advisor, will approve a course of study and the thesis topic.

After admission by the Graduate School and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, the following steps are recommended for students pursuing the M.A. or M.S.:

1. Contact Department Graduate Advisor before beginning a graduate program.

Graduate Advisor approval of courses is required prior to registration each semester.

2. Decide upon the M.A. or M.S. degree. This decision may be changed at a later date.

3. During the last semester a student registers for credits to be included in the M.A. or M.S. program, an application for graduation must be filed at the Graduate Office (ideally early in the semester of expected graduation).

* See the NREM Graduate Course Work link to view required and elective course options.

For additional information contact:
James Eflin, Graduate Advisor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306.
Phone: 765-285-2327
Fax: 765-285-2606
or E-mail: jeflin1@bsu.edu

Natural Resources and Environmental Management
West Quad, Room 110
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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Phone: 765-285-5780
Fax: 765-285-2606
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