Concern has recently arisen on the changing role graduate students play in natural resources education at the university level. For example, there is the perception that an M.S. degree is little more than a preliminary step towards a Ph.D., rather than having its own quantifiable merits. Questions have also been raised about the degree of professionalism exhibited by graduate students, the expectations faculty have of students and the expectations students have of faculty.
Stewart, Keith J.; Gomben, Pete; and Bragg, Don C.
"Role of graduate students in university education in natural resources: A view from within,"
Natural Resources and Environmental Issues: Vol. 7
, Article 75.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/nrei/vol7/iss1/75