Here are some of things you can do with an M.S. in Range Management: 

  • plant use and managment
  • grassland, savanna, wetland and/or shrubland ecology and management
  • native plant management and restoration
  • rangeland rehabilitation or restoration
  • rangeland livestock production and management
  • conservation policy
  • carbon sequestration and soil science
  • wildlife habitat management
  • management for biodiversity
  • water quality assessment and protection
  • working landscapes programs
  • rangeland economics and policy
  • indigenous use and management of grasslands and woodlands.

Students graduating from the program work for public lands agencies, local and regional parks, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Resource Conservation Districts, University of California Cooperative Extension, the Department of Defense, conservation organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, international development programs, and environmental consulting firms.


Our program:

Head Faculty Advisor and primary contact: Professor of the Graduate School James Bartolome

Other contacts:  Range Management Steering Committee 

The Master of Science in Range Management prepares you to pursue advanced study of rangelands and range management. We emphasize professional and academic preparation for a career managing rangelands and stewarding rangeland resources (grasslands, woodlands, and shrublands). We work with you to develop a program of study that fits your goals and background.  We encourage our students to get practical field experience in range management and research by participating in an internship, or working directly with a faculty member on research.  Your major professor and the Range Management Head Advisor will help you set this up.

Range management is an interdepartmental group and includes faculty from more than one department. Many other faculty participate besides those on the Steering Committee. The Head Advisor can guide you to participating faculty in the range program--email jwbart@berkeley.edu. Doctoral work in range management may be pursued as part of the doctorate program in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

Two types of program plans lead to the M.S. degree in ESPM. Most range students participate in ongoing research during their studies, and generally follow Plan II (non-thesis), however Plan I (thesis) is also available.  Starting in 2019, a 4+1 program that allows a student to earn an M.S. in one academic year and a field season is available. 

Plan I : Coursework and Thesis

Consists of 20 semester units of upper division and graduate courses, at least 8 of which must be in graduate-level courses in the major subject. A substantial part of the coursework will be designed to acquire in-depth knowledge relevant to the thesis. Before starting thesis research, the student must have a research plan approved by the guiding professor and the graduate advisor. The thesis may be on any subject selected by the student with the approval of the chair of the graduate advisors and the Graduate Division. 

Plan II: Coursework and Exam

Consists of 24 semester units of upper division and graduate courses, at least 12 of which must be in graduate-level courses in the major subject. This plan requires that students pass a comprehensive oral exam before the degree can be awarded. The examination will emphasize the student’s program of graduate study, but the student must also demonstrate an understanding of other principles and issues related to the study of Range Management.

NEW:  4+1 Program

Students completing 3 or more of the 4 core courses as undergraduates may apply to finish their MS in one year.  This will require enrollment in 12 units each semester, meeting all the program requirements, followed by a range-related summer project.  Students interested in this program should discuss their plan with the Head Faculty Advisor before applying.

Course Requirements

In addition to the core courses below, the program of study might include courses in resource economics, hydrology, wildlife, plant ecology, fire ecology, remote sensing, GIS, biogeochemistry, policy, soils, etc. Course requirements must be completed with a GPA of at least 3.0 The minimum core courses required for completion of the M.S. in Range Management include courses from each of the following three categories:

Each of the core courses below must be completed:

• ESPM 116B: Rangeland Ecology with plant lab (4) 
• ESPM 186: Management of Grasslands and Woodlands (4)
• IB 102 & L: Introduction to California Plant Life (2,2) or equivalent
• ESPM 173: Statistics for Ecology, or equivalent as appropriate for field of study

Your choice of two of the following range graduate courses:

ESPM 268: Rangeland Ecology (2) 
• ESPM 278: Rangeland Assessment (3) 
• ESPM 279: Seminar on Pastoralism (3) 
• ESPM 280: Seminar in Range Ecosystem Planning and Policy, Bartolome (3)

Your choice of one course in western land use policy or applied social science, such as:

• ESPM 252: Seminar in Forest and Wildland Resource Policy, and Analysis (3) 
• CRP C253: Environmental Law and Resource Management (3) 
• CRP 252: Land Use Controls (3) 
• LAEP 239: Public Land and Resource Planning and Administration (4)
• GEOG 203: Nature and Culture: Social Theory, Social Practice, and the Environment (4)
• ESPM 280: Seminar in Range Ecosystem Planning and Policy, Huntsinger (3)
• ESPM 258: Race, Science, and Natural Resource Policy (3)
• GEOG 250: Seminar in the Sociology of Forest and Wildland Resources (3)