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Program Format, Admissions, Tuition & Financial Aid

XMNR students and faculty work together in breakout rooms while attending a class weekend in Arlington, VA. (Photo by Erin Williams/Virginia Tech)



Climate, energy, water, food and agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystems, green economy and sustainable business, urbanization and infrastructure, development and equity, and related social and environmental systems.

Collective impact, boundary spanning leadership, stakeholder analysis and engagement, partnerships, collaborative social innovation, and more.

Students collaborate on applied projects with sustainability professionals leading innovative approaches to systems change.

Emphasis on professional development and career goals of individual students via peer-to-peer mentoring, small group learning, and one-on-one coaching.


  • Practical and readily applicable experiential learning: We teach in class today what you can use at work tomorrow. 
  • Integrated and cumulative: The curriculum is integrated (i.e., across courses and with the workplace) and cumulative (i.e., content increases in complexity and scale each month). Class projects and learning modules build over time, cutting across courses and spanning multiple months. 
  • Personalized focus area: Self-directed independent study project with a faculty advisor allows for maximum flexibility and customization to meet students’ individual interests and career goals.


Click on the file below to view a three semester curriculum overview including courses and major topics.

XMNR Curriculum Overview.pdf




Requirements for admission include:

  • Undergraduate degree (minimum GPA of 3.0*)
  • Virginia Tech Online Application for admission
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Current resume/CV
  • Two professional recommendations
  • Copies of official relevant academic transcripts
  • 1-2 page goals statement

No GRE required; English proficiency assessment is required for international students per Graduate School rules.

*Speak with an advisor if your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0.


Admissions are processed on a rolling basis. The application process takes approximately two to three weeks. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as annual cohorts have only a limited number of students and tend to fill up quickly.


Total program cost is $41,500.

Program costs include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Books, supplies, course materials
  • Nutritious catered meals during class weekends (including vegetarian and vegan options)
  • 10-day Global Study (lodging, meals, activities, and in-country travel)

Program costs do not include:

  • Travel to / from class weekends in Arlington, VA
  • Lodging during class weekends in Arlington, VA
  • Airfare to / from global study destination

Most students opt for the Federal Stafford Loans to finance the cost of the program.  Veteran and military benefits cover tuition and fees, housing allowance, and more. VT employees can have 100% of the tuition covered. Contact XMNR Admissions Advisor Amy Hubbard to discuss further.

We encourage our applicants to involve their employer’s management and human resources decision-makers early on in the application process. This allows employers to understand an applicant’s motivation for pursuing the XMNR degree and appreciate the benefits of having their employees participate in the program.