M.S.in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Online


The online M.S. program in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences is designed to provide outstanding graduate training opportunities across a substantial breadth of disciplinary interests. Programs are specifically adapted to each graduate student and often address processes at multiple scales through well-integrated, multi-disciplinary efforts. Student projects are directed toward improving understanding of principles and processes important to land resources and environmental sciences, with opportunities for direct ties to management.

Understanding is developed through targeted advanced coursework tailored to the student. Professional papers may involve, but are not limited to, topics such as watershed hydrology, integrated management of invasive plant species, soil nutrient management, bioremediation, land reclamation, restoration ecology, fluvial systems ecology and restoration, riparian ecology, microbial ecology of natural systems, chemical fate and transport, water quality, crop diversification, precision agriculture, environmental risk assessment, remote sensing and GIS applications, and climate variability.


A minimum of 30 credits:

  • 27 credits course work from 400/500 level courses from the electives list
  • 3 credits professional paper requirement


  • Bachelor's degree in a related field, or a strong science background
  • undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Official GRE combined score of greater than 300..
  • show significant promise for success in a graduate program
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper-based test), 231 (computer-based test), and 80 (internet-based test)--required only for international students whose native language is not English

Meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. The minimum GPA and GRE scores are not absolute thresholds. Admission to Montana State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.  


The flexible and interdisciplinary nature of this program allows you to select online courses to fit your professional goals and interests. 

Elective Courses (27 credits will be from this list of courses)

AGSC 401Integrated Pest Management3
LRES 507Environmental Risk Assessment3
LRES 510Biodiversity Survey and Monitoring Methods3
LRES 515Microbial Ecology3
LRES 521Holistic Thought & Management3
LRES 531Applied Watershed Hydrology3
LRES 532Soil Ecosystems and Processes3
LRES 533Wetland Ecology & Management3
LRES 534Environmental Data Analysis3
LRES 536Ecology of Invasive Plants II1
LRES 540Ecology Plants & Community3
LRES 544Water Quality3
LRES 565Environmental Biophysics3
LRES 566Chemical Ecology3
LRES 569Ecol of Invasive Plants in GYE2
LRES 571Landscape & Ecosys Ecology3
LRES 573Remote Sensing Env Sci3
LRES 592Independent Study3
LRES 598Internship3
PSPP 546Herbicide Physiology3
MB 527Toxicology3

***LRES 592 and LRES 598 may not be used as a course on students program of study.  

Required Course - all students must take the 3 credit professional paper course at the end of your program of study

LRES 575Prof Paper & Project3

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