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Natural Resources: MNR

Natural Resources

The master of natural resources is an interdisciplinary degree designed for working natural resource professionals. Students take courses from all departments within the College of Natural Resources. There are seven core areas in which students are required to take coursework: ecology, human dimensions, economics, policy, spatial technology, administration, and quantitative methods. The program was designed to give natural resource professionals the skills required to work as decision makers and managers in the natural resources. Their previous knowledge in a specific natural resources field is broadened by study in these other areas to help them understand the bigger picture of natural resources issues.

Additional Information:

The Master of Natural Resources degree (MNR) is also available through short-courses approved for the program.

Graduates gain a broad education in how to solve natural resource problems from multiple perspectives that prepares them for management and decision-making careers in natural resources fields.

Admission Requirements

Students must have an undergraduate degree in a natural resource field, or adequate work experience in the natural resources if their degree is in another area. It is preferred that all applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, have at least three years of work experience in natural resources.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE or MAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Admission Deadlines

The department has the following deadlines:

  • Fall semester – July 1st
  • Spring semester – November 1st
  • Summer semester – March 15th

Master's Degree Plan Option(s)

Students can receive the MNR by pursuing the following option:

  • The Plan C option does not involve a thesis or a defense meeting and is comprised of coursework and a three- to six-credit capstone project addressing a natural resource problem from the “big-picture” prospective.

Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs

Under the broad discipline of natural resources, there are many professional organizations specific to different areas of research. Students are encouraged to become members of organizations that are relevant to their area of study.