The College of Natural Resources offers two types of online graduate degrees: professional and traditional. Our professional online graduate degrees include the Master of Natural Resources, the Professional Science Master's in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and the non-thesis Master of Science in Environmental Science. These degrees require the completion of 30-35 credits and may also require a non-thesis project.
Common factors for choosing online graduate education include:
- Already having full-time employment
- Family and community commitments
- Seasonal commitments
In the College of Natural Resources, we provide opportunities for a hybrid distance learning Ph.D. in Natural Resources. Due to the considerable number of online upper division and graduate courses it is possible to complete all course work and dissertation credits online. However, this is not a course-based doctorate. The hybrid doctorate requires a considerable research component. The time to complete the doctorate is the same as any person on campus. i.e. it will greatly depend on your research progress and expectations from your committee. Most doctorates take between 3 to 5 years and the hybrid approach is no different.
Although you can complete all the course requirements of the doctorate online, it has all the identical requirements and learning outcomes to completing the degree on campus. There is a 4-person committee, where ≥50% are UI graduate faculty. You must present a proposal, have prelims, conduct independent research, write a dissertation, and defend.
The hybrid approach to the doctorate is ideal for persons that can do research as part of their regular employment. Examples include persons working in state and federal agencies, community colleges, and industry relevant to the disciplines researched by faculty in the College of Natural Resources.
What's the Cost?
Students at the University of Idaho taking online courses are charged resident tuition provided they only register for online courses (this includes 500, 599, and 600 research credits), regardless of their place of residence. Please contact Student Accounts if you have questions.
Please note, if you are not an Idaho resident, registering for an on-campus course will lead to a non-resident tuition charge for that course and other courses that semester. A web fee ($35) per credit will be charged for all online courses. Additional course fees may apply. Distance education courses offered through Engineering Outreach include an additional fee.