Master of Ecological Restoration - MoER

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

About This Degree

The Master of Ecological Restoration (MoER) enables WATS undergraduates to obtain a professional master’s degree in one year, following completion of the MRAE or FAS degree.

A master's degree is the preferred entry point into the workforce in the field of ecosystem restoration and this new degree enables students to obtain a BS degree and MoER degree within a five-year time frame.

What You Will Learn

The degree combines coursework, an internship, and design exercises to prepare graduates for a career as a restoration practitioner.

The MoER builds on research and teaching expertise of existing WATS, QCNR and USU faculty, several of whom are internationally renowned as leaders in ecosystem restoration.

The curriculum and professional development opportunities of the MoER program will provide graduates with a competitive advantage when applying for restoration and ecosystem management jobs. MoER is a coursework intensive program targeting students who aspire to careers as restoration practitioners.


At a Glance

College: S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Department: Watershed Sciences Department

USU Locations:

  • Logan campus

Faculty: View profiles of faculty members on the department directory.

Learn More: Program website

Program Requirements

Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

  • Soil and Water Conservation Specialist
  • Ecological Restoration Planning and Design
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Natural Resources Management Specialist
  • Wildlife Management Specialist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Conservation Planning Professional
  • Restoration Design and Implementation
  • Restoration Ecologist

Job Outlook



We will build on your goals and experiences while working together to design an individualized semester-by-semester plan. Your personalized plan will help you see a path from where you are now on to graduation. Even if you are unsure of the major you would like to pursue, we can help with resources and ideas.

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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in natural resources, biology, ecology, geology or a closely related field with a GPA ≥3.0 on your last 60 semester credits
  • Three letter's of recommentation (one from an academic source)
  • Statement of Purpose: Describe how your past experience and education have prepared you for the MoER program, and how the MoER program will help you meet your future professional goals (500 word limit)
  • Resume/CV A writing sample (report from class or job, article, class essay)


Applications should be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: July 1st
  • Spring Semester: October 1st

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