About Us

Welcome to the University of Montana’s graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism. Ours is a hands-on, skills based program that puts journalism students in the field reporting on issues affecting the natural world. Our masters’ candidates produce regional and international pieces for the print media, radio, television and online sites. Our faculty members have decades of professional journalism experience and are committed to guiding you along your way.

Montana’s program offers many unique features. One is the Story Lab course, which pairs students with scientists for one semester. The goal is for emerging journalists to learn how to better communicate science news; scientists also learn how to interact with the media to better tell their stories. The University of Montana is home to cutting-edge research, from wildlife biology to fire management and environmental health. We like to call our backyard the greatest outdoor laboratory on the planet.

The master's program is an advanced curriculum for applicants with undergraduate degrees in journalism, environmental and earth sciences, environmental studies or natural resources. We also seek applicants with professional experience in journalism, the natural resource industries and environmental non-profit organizations. Candidates without a background in the sciences or journalism may have to take foundational courses that will not count toward the degree.

We offer scholarships, fellowships and teaching assistantships to assist graduate students.  Financial aid and work-study packages are also available. Take a look at our website, send us an email or call us if you have any questions. A new master's class starts each fall. The application deadline is February 15. We look forward to your application.