Graduate Curriculum

Now accepting applications to our Master of Science in Ranch Management program for Fall 2018.

The KRIRM curriculum requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 42 graduate credit hours of graduate coursework in animal science, wildlife science, range science, and business accounting and finance.

Typical graduate curriculum may include, but is not limited to:

  • Systems Thinking
  • Statistics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Finance
  • Ruminant Nutrition
  • Advanced Range Livestock Production
  • Theoretical Ecology of Large Mammals
  • Information Systems Management
  • Practicum in Ranch Management

Leveling Courses

Because different students have stronger backgrounds in different undergraduate course subjects, individual degree plans will be customized when possible to strengthen areas of weakness. This may require preliminary courses in addition to the required graduate level courses. It is recommended that before applying to the KRIRM, students take advantage of local academic institutions, such as community colleges or universities, to strengthen undergraduate backgrounds based on the course descriptions below. It is generally recommended for incoming students to complete a general accounting course prior to beginning at KRIRM. Contact Dr. Clay Mathis to discuss the best strategy for your case.


Lectureships will cover the additional topics of:

  • Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Strategic Planning
  • Systems Thinking
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Equine Management
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Grazing Management

These lectureships may take the form of weekly seminars, short-courses, or special one-time presentations. Students should expect to complete all of the above listed lectureships during the 2-year degree plan.

Holt  Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management

Students will be exposed to top industry experts as they discuss pertinent issues in ranch management. Students will also participate in the coordination and hosting of the event, which provides additional networking opportunities with symposium participants and speakers. The symposium is an annual event.

Special Courses and Training

Special courses may involve short courses at other universities, extension programs, or industry seminars. Special training may involve customized workshops to train KRIRM students in technological skills such as GPS/GIS use, modeling, or other similar topics. Students can expect up to 3 special courses during the 2-year degree plan.