Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources (GCNR)

This 12-credit graduate certificate is designed for students and professional seeking graduate-level education and training in environmental and natural resource management. Students pursuing this certificate must complete 9 of the 12 credits with courses offered in the MNR program, including Conservation Ecology (NR 5724). The Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management is a good option for professionals seeking credentials in environmental and natural resource management.

Beyond the 9 credit hours that must be earned in courses offered through the MNR program, the remaining three credit hours may be earned in approved courses outside of the MNR program, including (but not limited to) courses offered as part of the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), and the Online Master of Arts in Political Science programs at Virginia Tech. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above for those 12 credit hours.

Admissions Requirement:

Students can apply for the GCNR as a Virginia Tech degree-seeking or Commonwealth Campus student, or as a visiting student. If you are not currently a VT student, you must apply for graduate admission through the Virginia Tech Graduate School.

The VT Graduate School requires students to submit a Plan of Study with their Graduate Certificate application, so we strongly recommend that applicants schedule an advising appointment with Dr. Kieran Lindsey (see below) before starting the application.

  • Requirements for admission include:
    • Completed undergraduate degree
    • Current resume/ CV
    • Personal goal statement
    • Completed application
    • No GRE required; TOEFL may be required for international students

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