Master of Natural Resources, MNR

Lead the Effort to Effectively Manage Natural Resources

The Master in Natural Resource program opens the door to a fulfilling career focused on the outdoors. This program was designed to give natural resource professionals the skills required to work as decision makers and managers in natural resources. You will broaden your knowledge by mastering coursework covering a variety of topics within natural resources. These skills will advance your career in natural resource management.

Degree at a Glance

3
Yearly Start Dates
22
Industry Relevant Courses
000%
Online Curriculum
33
Program Credit Hours
$8417
Estimated Annual Tuition*

*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2021-2022 Tuition & Fee schedule. Final tuition and fees may vary on a case by case basis. Please contact the Utah State University registrar’s department, or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for full information regarding tuition and fees.

Career Outlook for Graduates

As a natural resource professional, this master's degree gives you the knowledge and skills to become a leader. Some career options are: Forester, Rangeland Scientist, Fisheries and Wildlife Biologist, Wetland Ecologist, Natural Resource Managers, and more.

 

Median Pay*

  • Forester – $61,340
  • Environmental Scientist – $71,130
  • Natural Resource Manager** – $63,321
  • Research Wetland Ecologist** – $54,411
  • Wildlife Biologist – $63,420

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

**Glassdoor.com, 2019

Why Earn an MNR Degree from USU Online

The goal of USU’s Online Master of Natural Resources degree is to prepare you for an advanced career in natural resource management positions. This program is designed for professionals who continue working while earning the degree. Faculty have real-world experience, and teach relevant concepts in analysis and decision theory. Coursework focuses on human dimensions, quantitative methods, ecological foundations, spatial analysis and policy/administration. Student earning this degree may also complete the Geographic Information Science (GIS) or National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) certificates in conjunction with this degree.

Resources for Online Students

For online students based in Utah, resources such as local support, study spaces, BlueZone WiFi, and testing services, are available at the statewide campus nearest to them. Students both in-state and out-of-state have access to virtual services provided from various organizations and offices based at Logan main campus. See our Student Resources page for more information.

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Out-of-State and International Student Disclaimer
Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.
International students studying at USU on the F-1 or J-1 visa must have the majority of their classes each semester be face-to-face in order to meet the physical presence requirement to maintain their visa status. Students on the F-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan or USU Eastern campuses. Students on the J-1 visa must enroll in classes at the Logan campus.

The First Step is a Conversation. Talk to Melanie.

Melanie Conrad

Melanie Conrad
Program Administrator
(435) 797-3375
melanie.conrad@usu.edu