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Executive Master of Natural Resources (Hybrid)

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Welcome to Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR), an accelerated graduate degree program focused on leadership for sustainability and professional development.


Today’s environmental and sustainability challenges cannot be solved by science and technology alone. Climate change, environmental justice, biodiversity loss, urbanization, water and food insecurity, circular economy … these are wickedly complex systems that require diverse stakeholders working together to develop innovative, equitable, and durable solutions for the future. 

The XMNR program is a transformative experience designed to educate, inspire, and empower our students to lead systems change. Our interdisciplinary curriculum focusing on the theme of “leadership for sustainability” provides professionals with the credentials, competency, confidence, and connections to lead from where they are.

We believe that everyone can learn systems leadership strategies to have greater influence in the workplace and impact in their communities regardless of job title or position.


XMNR students and faculty on campus during a class weekend in Arlington, VA.
XMNR students and faculty during a class weekend at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA. (photo by Amy Hubbard)

As a cohort-based program with dedicated faculty and an extensive professional network, our people make us exceptional. XMNR students, faculty, staff, and alumni are accomplished and committed professionals working hard to make the world a better place.


Hugo Mogollon smiling while working at a farmer's market in Washington, D.C.
XMNR alum Hugo Mogollon became the Executive Director of Community Foodworks, now FRESHFARM, upon graduating from the program. (Photo by Rey Lopez)

We have a proven track record of success helping students achieve their career change and advancement goals. Our faculty and staff provide 1:1 career advising and coaching services and our extensive alumni, partner, and employer network provides valuable mentoring, internship, and real world project opportunities.


Group of XMNR students pose for a photo during their global study in India
XMNR students and faculty learn from local sustainability professionals during a global study in India.

XMNR students participate in a unique Global Study field experience which combines a multi-month service learning project with a 10-day international trip to countries facing profound challenges and opportunities regarding sustainable development.

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