Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
College of Natural Resources
Masters of Natural Resources
Natural Resources, Graduate Studies in Natural Resources
The Master of Natural Resources degree is typically a terminal, non-research degree, intended to give the candidate additional post-baccalaureate education in natural resources. This interdisciplinary program has a dual objective of training graduates for professional employment in natural resources and instilling conceptual and critical thinking necessary for lifelong learning and career development. Graduates are able to assume professional responsibilities in a wide variety of positions in public service or in the private sector.
Students are often admitted on a part-time basis, although opportunities for full-time study exist. Students will be expected to take one to two classes per semester to progress toward the 33-credit-hour degree requirements. Some of the required course credits may be transferred from graduate work completed at another accredited institution in accordance with policies and procedures of the Virginia Tech Graduate School.
Courses for the MNR program are offered in-person at our Falls Church campus as well as online. It is possible for a student to complete the entire MNR degree online.
Each MNR candidate is responsible for assembling a graduate advisory committee based on the their background, goals, and area of desired specialization early in their course of study. That committee will be responsible for approving the student-proposed Plan of Study. In addition to the four required core courses (12 credits) that provide "generalist" theories and skills, more than half of a student’s course work (15-18 credits) is comprised of electives, based on the student's area of interest and professional goals.
The culmination of the MNR degree program is a self-designed capstone project, which can be taken for three to six credit hours. The purpose of the capstone project is to allow students to explore an aspect of their studies in greater detail, and demonstrate mastery of the concepts relating to that topic. The capstone is distinct from a thesis in that it provides greater flexibility in format and does not require original data collection or research.
Accredited through the College of Natural Resources & Environment, Virginia Tech.
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