In 2003, Stephen F. Austin State University and the National Park Service initiated a one-of-a-kind graduate program devoted to providing superior training in the art and science of resource interpretation. Over the past decade, our distance education program has supported hundreds of students from across the U.S. as they advanced their careers and honed the skills of research, communication and resource interpretation. Graduates hold some of the highest positions at a number of our nation’s most renowned parks, including Grand Teton, Kenai Fjords, Glacier and Saguaro.

As the program progresses to meet the needs of all resource professionals, as well as the public they serve, we are adapting the curriculum to provide a more holistic emphasis on resource communication, broadening our scope beyond the boundaries of our National Parks. Amendments to the program provide key communication skills for the expansive, modern world of resource management for all pre-service and in-service professionals of federal, state, and community agencies, as well as NGOS, museums, nature centers and zoos. 

Whether you are a biologist, park ranger or historian, our curriculum will provide you with a range of techniques and skills needed to effectively connect with an array of modern audiences. The curriculum provides:

 

  • In-depth instruction in a variety of interpretive programming styles, interpretive writing, curriculum-based programs, interpretive planning and leadership, interpretive media, business communication, human dimensions of natural resources, communicating science, research methods, data analysis and many others. Instructors have extensive experience in the field and research. The program utilizes top leaders in the fields to provide instruction in the fully online program. 

  • An exploration of a wide range of interpretive theory, research, methods and best practices.

  • In-depth study in the student’s area of subject matter expertise

  • Thesis and non-thesis option

The requirements for the thesis-based master's degree in Resource Communications are 30 credit hours consisting of 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis.

The requirements for the non-thesis based master’s degree are 36 credit hours consisting of 33 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 3 credit hours of Problem Analysis. This course is to be taken during the last semester and requires the student to develop and complete a scope of work and then prepare a presentation, paper or poster suitable for presentation at a professional conference.

Certificates in Resource Interpretation are also available through the completion of 15 credit hours of coursework within the Resource Communication program.

Learn more on the MSRC website.

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Mary Ramos
Graduate Coordinator

P.O. Box 6109, SFA Station

Nacogdoches, TX 75962
Phone: (936) 468-1365
mramos@sfasu.edu

Master of Science in Resource Communications

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