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2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arid Land Studies, M.S.

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About the Arid Land Studies Master’s Program

Program Coordinator: Dr. Jorge Salazar-Bravo, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

The Master of Science in Arid Land Studies (MSALS) is a unique interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for international, arid lands-oriented careers in natural resources, environmental science, and associated economic and social factors. Programs are individually tailored to fit student goals. The interdisciplinary nature of this program is ideal for students who wish to expand their knowledge in interrelated areas of study rather than specialize in a single discipline. The program must be related to the sustainable use and management of drylands. MSALS students may choose the thesis option (24 hours of graduate coursework plus 6 hours of thesis and 6 hours of research credit) or the 36-hour non-thesis plan.

Students in the MSALS program choose three subject areas from the sciences and/or humanities that best suit their career goals. Common subject areas include (1) agricultural sciences and natural resources; (2) geosciences; and (3) water resources and environmental toxicology. However, any graduate course may be taken upon recommendation of the graduate advisor. No more than 12 credit hours may be taken within any single college except the College of Arts & Sciences.

Admissions Criteria. Applicants to the program must satisfy the requirements set by the university and the Graduate School. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Graduate School ( with copies to Dr. Jorge Salazar-Bravo, Competitive scholarships may be available. For additional information, email Dr. Salazar-Bravo.

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