Designed 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.
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.
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 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
- 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
- Complete ESS process through the Graduate School by the appropriate deadline for that semester
- 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.
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.
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