Degree Programs Designed for Future Global Sustainability Leaders

The MNR degree is designed for working professionals aiming to advance their careers or shift to leadership roles in the environmental and sustainability fields or functions. Delivered through two flexible programs—Executive (in-person/online hybrid) and Online—our innovative instruction allows you to immediately apply what you learn to real-world challenges.

A graduate degree from a widely respected and fully accredited university like Virginia Tech can lead to new rewarding career opportunities, whether you are looking to step up or pivot. To help chart career trajectories, all our students receive personalized career coaching.

Study Subject Themes

  • Climate Change and Resiliency
  • Energy Systems
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Water and Watersheds
  • Poverty and Development
  • Urbanization and Sustainable Cities
  • Global Flows and Supply Chains
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Flexible Formats

  • Diverse undergrad majors welcomed
  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • 30-credit, non-thesis degree
  • 10-day Global Study in a developing country
  • No GRE required
  • A background in environmental science is not required
  • Admission decisions are based on both, academic and professional experience
  • No additional cost for out-of-state or international students
  • Executive program meets one weekend a month in the Washington, D.C. metro area

Alumni Perspectives

They're really teaching you the skills you need to be a leader in your field and to understand decisions that other leaders are making.Virginia Foster, MNR Alum

I was looking to move my career from a mid-level government employee to an executive position. After graduating in 2012, a year an a half later I am now the executive director of a non-profit.Kate Fritz, MNR Alum

Important Dates

$1,000 for qualified applications submitted by August 1.

Fall 2017

Fall 2019

Deadline: August 1
Term: August 26 – December 19


Spring 2020

Deadline: January 10
Term: January 21 – May 13

summer semester

Summer 2020

Deadline: May 1
Term: May 28 - August 17

Tuition & Fees

The MNR Degree features a flat-rate tuition—no additional cost for out-of-state or international students. Our Programs Directors can provide guidance on the cost for each program (Executive and Online).

Veterans benefits can be used to cover the cost of both degree program formats.

Financial aid is available.

Contact academic advisor ( to discuss our graduate programs.