Stephen F. Austin State University

Forestry Resource Interpretation

College of Forestry

PO Box 6109, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
Phone: 936.468.3301


Master of Science (M.S.)

Thesis Optional: No


The Master of Science in Resources Interpretation (MSRI) is an SFA-National Park Service (NPS) partnership to (1) provide NPS and non-NPS interpreters with the opportunity to earn their masters degree via distance education, (2) enable interpreters to apply the philosophy and techniques, the curriculum and training, and the certification review process of the NPS Interpretive Development Program (IDP) to their graduate studies in interpretation. (IDP program information is available online:, (3) provide in-depth instruction in IDP competencies such as interpretive talks, conducted activities, illustrated programs, interpretive writing, curriculum-based programs, interpretive planning & leadership, and interpretive media, (4) introduce interpreters to a wide range of interpretation theory, research, methods and best practices, and (5) facilitate in-depth study in the interpreter's area of subject matter expertise.

Contact the Advisor:

Dr. Hans Williams
Associate Dean and Graduate Program Adviser
Phone: 936.468.1365