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Master of Natural Resources, MNR

Master of Natural Resources, MNR

Become an Outdoor Professional

Lead the Effort to Effectively Manager Natural Resources

The natural resources master's 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 in the field by mastering coursework covering a variety of topics within natural resources, giving you a bigger picture to work as a leader.

Degree at a Glance

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Estimated Annual Tuition*
*This estimation reflects three semesters of tuition and fees for in-state part-time resident students using the 2019-2020 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. You can become a conservation scientist, forester, natural sciences manager, and more.


Median Pay*

  • Natural Sciences Manager – $123,860
  • Forester – $61,340
  • Environmental Scientest – $71,130

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

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Why Earn an MNR Degree USU Online

The goal of USU Online's master's in natural resources degree is to prepare you for an advanced career in natural resource management positions. Through the online format, you will be able to continue working. The faculty have real-world experience, and you will be taught concepts that have been tested in professional environments. Your coursework will cover natural resource laws, regulations and policies, economics, leadership, ecological principles from individuals to large communities, and more.

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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.

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Melanie Conrad

Melanie Conrad
Program Administrator
(435) 797-3375