Online MNR

Online_MNR_ImageDesigned for maximum flexibility to accommodate busy schedules, the Online Master of Natural Resources (MNR) is a 30-credit hour, virtual degree program that prepares students for careers in environmental sustainability. The hybrid program combines online coursework and participation in an International Field Experience in a rapidly developing region around of world. This interdisciplinary program instills the conceptual and critical thinking skills necessary for lifelong learning and career development. MNR graduates are prepared to succeed on a truly global stage as natural resource, environmental, and sustainability professionals.

The Online program Plan of Study (POS) consists of five required core (15 credits) and five electives (15 credits). We offer dozens of graduate courses on a wide range of topics in global sustainability. Each year, courses are updated and new ones developed to address emerging topics.

It is the student’s responsibility to satisfy all university requirements described in the Graduate School Policies and Procedures section of the Graduate Catalog, as well as any additional requirements of the Online MNR. Please contact us if you have questions or need additional information.

Applying for the Online MNR Program, either as a degree-seeking student or not, is done through the Virginia Tech Graduate School. Qualified students seeking to pursue simultaneous degrees should contact us for assistance.

Students will receive an orientation package shortly after receiving official notice of acceptance from the Graduate School. At this time, the student will also be contacted to schedule an advising appointment a graduate advisor, to be held via phone.

Tuition and fee rates for all Virginia Tech programs administered by VT’s Office of the Bursar. The College of Natural Resources & Environment (CNRE) has a special rate for graduate students in the Online MNR.

Financial aid is available to students in the form of loans. Most students opt for the Federal Stafford Loans to cover the cost of attending the program. For more information on financial aid options, please contact us.

The application package, which is preferably completed online through the Virginia Tech Graduate School, includes:

  • Completed undergraduate degree
  • Completed VT Application for Admission; see application guide for additional information
  • No GRE required: TOEFL may be required for international students per Graduate School requirements

The MNR Program accepts Online MNR applications for Fall, Spring and both Summer terms; deadlines are as follows, but we encourage students to apply as early as possible once they have made their decision:

Term Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer I May 1