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M.S. Aquatic Resources


The Aquatic Resources Master of Science Program at Texas State University is a multi-disciplinary program of study and research based on aquatic sciences and resources.  The Aquatic Resources M.S. program is a thesis-based degree program and students within the program receive their degree through the Department of Biology.

Graduate students pursuing an M.S. in Aquatic Resources can select one of two areas of concentration for their course work and research: Aquatic Biology or Aquatic Systems. 

Students in the Aquatic Biology concentration will focus on the biology and ecology of aquatic organisms and an understanding of the dynamics and management of aquatic ecosystems.  Students in this track can focus on aspects of the aquatic biology and ecology at the level of individual genes to entire ecosystems and the processes contained therein. 

Students in the Aquatic Systems concentration will focus on an understanding of the structure and functioning of aquatic systems as integrated physical, biological, and socioeconomic entities and will emphasize practices aimed at protecting, maintaining, and restoring the health and sustainable use of these resources. This area of concentration encourages investigation of aquatic systems at the level of the watershed, as influenced by atmospheric and terrestrial processes..



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Financial Support

The Department of Biology offers graduate instructional assistantships to academically-qualified students, on a competitive basis, to full-time students on a 9-month academic year basis.  Individual faculty within the Aquatic Resources M.S. program may have funding to support students on research assistantships.  Additional financial assistance is offered by the departmentcollege, and university in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. 

Application Deadlines

Students may apply to the Aquatic Resources M.S. program through the ApplyTexas Application.  Applicants will need to submit a non-refundable application fee of $40 (check or money order payable to Texas State in U.S. currency).  International students must also pay a $50 non-refundable one-time International Evaluation Fee (check or money order payable to Texas State in U.S. currency).

To ensure full consideration for admission to the program, all required application materials must be submitted no later than June 15 for entry in the following fall semester, October 15 for admission in the following spring semester, or April 15 for admission in the following summer semester. Admission decisions will typically be made within 30 days of application deadlines. The Graduate College will continue to process applications received after these deadlines, however, such applications will be processes on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees of admission or financial support for those who apply after the deadline.

International applicants please visit the website for international students at the Graduate College for specific admission requirements.  In order to ensure full consideration for admission to the program, international student applicants must have all required application materials submitted no later than June 1 for entry in the following fall semester, October 1 for admission in the following spring semester, or March 15 for admission in the following summer semester. Admission decisions will typically be made within 30 days of application deadlines. The Graduate College will continue to process applications received after these deadlines, however, such applications will be processes on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantees of admission or financial support for those who apply after the deadline.

Contacts

For additional information please visit the website for the M.S. in Aquatic Resources at the Graduate College or contact the Program Director (Dr. Weston Nowlin).
International applicants please visit the page for international students at the Graduate College for specific admission requirements that may apply.