Online MNR

laptopDesigned 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. 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.

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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 the MNR Program office for assistance.
Admissions Requirements
Application Deadlines
Application Process

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.

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 with the Online MNR Program Lead, to be held via phone.

Plan of Study
Course Requirements

Registering for Courses

MNR Program required courses are closed—students must reserve space in each class through the Plan of Study advising process. Once space has been reserved for a specific semester, the student will be force-added to the required course roster(s).

Students can enroll themselves in any open elective courses offered by the MNR program during Course Request Periods and Add/Drop Periods.

Students should contact the MNR Program office for assistance with enrollment or changes to enrollment. Faculty cannot add or drop students from their rolls, and cannot add or drop a student by including or removing his/her name on the final grade sheet.

  • Course Timetables – Around the middle of each semester, a timetable of courses is posted for the next semester. The timetable is subject to change until the start of the semester, but includes important information. Students self-register for courses online, with the exception of closed required courses, by logging in to HokieSPA. There are two opportunities to register for courses: the Course Request Period (semester prior), and during the Add/ Drop Period.
  • Course Request Period – VT designates a one-week time period during the prior term to allow entry of enrollment requests for a future term (see Dates for Course Request). Student requests are entered via HokieSPA using the course request number (CRN) listed in the timetable. Submission of a course request does not guarantee enrollment in any course. Departments will adjust (add or delete) sections based on course demand and resources. If you miss the course request period, you may register for classes during the Add/Drop Period.
  • Add/ Drop Period – Students may develop or adjust their course schedule (as space permits) during the Add/ Drop Period via HokieSPA. It is important to be aware of the deadlines for dropping courses to avoid grade and financial penalties. See the Registrar website for more information.
  • Force-Add – If a course is closed or full, a student may request a force-add. Requests should be made directly to the MNR Program office, and the Online MNR Program Lead will make the determination.


Tuition & Fees

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

Financial Aid

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 visit Virginia Tech’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.


The Graduate School maintains a strict schedule of requirements and procedures relating to submission of the degree conferral application, scheduling a final review by the advisory committee, and payment of fees. It is the student’s responsibility to meet these requirements by the DEADLINES provided by the Graduate School. Be sure to familiarize yourself with this set of procedures and deadlines.

Summary of Procedures

  1. Submit the Application for Degree or Certificate Conferral and fee via HokieSPA by the appropriate deadline.
    Fall October 1
    Spring March 1
    Summer I June 1
    Summer II August 1
  2. Complete ESS process through the Graduate School by the appropriate deadline for that semester
  3. Ensure all coursework and other requirements are complete

Application for Degree

Students anticipating completion of a degree must file an Application for Degree or Certificate Conferral (ADFCC) to obtain a diploma, and to have their name included in the Commencement Bulletin. The fee for the AFDCC is $25. The ADFFC Conferral form should be submitted electronically through HokieSPA in accordance with the schedule posted on the Graduate School website.

Commencement Participation

Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region commencement ceremony and graduating Online MNR students are encouraged to attend. This ceremony and reception is usually held on the Sunday of Spring graduation weekend.

Master’s students who have completed, and those nearing completion, are encouraged to participate in commencement. Those who have not completed all the requirements by the deadline must get permission from their advisors to participate in commencement. However, diplomas are not issued until all degree requirements are met. Graduates planning to attend commencement must confirm their attendance through HokieSPA. Master’s academic regalia may be purchased from the bookstore and are required for participation in university graduation ceremonies.

List of Forms for VT Graduate Students Forms you may need as a graduate student of Virginia Tech
VT Graduate School Policies, forms, student resources, ombudsman, etc.
VT Honor System Graduate honor policy
VT Library E-Resources, journal databases
ILLiad Interlibrary loan and off-campus book lending service
VT Computing Email, virus protection, student rate software
VT Financial Aid Loans, FAFSA, scholarships
VT Bursar’s Office Tuition, fees, billing
VT Registrar Transcripts, registration, credits
HokieSPA VT administrative portal (bill pay, transcript, etc.)
Scholar Online course & project platform
Webmail VT Online web email server (not permanent)

Summer II 2014
07/08 Classes Begin
08/14 Classes End
08/15 Exams Begin
08/16 Exams End

Fall 2014
08/09 Drop/Add reopens for Fall 2014
08/25 Classes Begin
08/29 Last Day to Add classes
09/01 Labor Day (Classes Meet)
10/01 Deadline to apply for Fall Graduation
10/03 Last Day to Drop classes
10/10 Fall Break Begins
10/12 Fall Break Ends
11/22 Thanksgiving Holiday Begins
11/30 Thanksgiving Holiday Ends
12/10 Classes End
12/11 Reading Day
12/12 Exams Begin
12/18 Exams End