Graduate Catalog
2014-2015
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Natural Resources
College of Natural Resources and Environment
Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region (NCR) is dedicated to furthering the university's three missions - education, research, and outreach. With facilities, faculty, graduate degrees, and research in the region since 1969, Virginia Tech has a long tradition of creating new knowledge and applying it to the critical problems facing the Washington DC area, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.
Natural Resources & Environment VTRC-A 900 N. Glebe Road Arlington VA 22203 Arlington VA 22203
Northern Virginia Center
Degree(s) Offered:
• MNR
MNR Degree in Natural Resources
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Virtual
• MNR
MNR Degree in Natural Resources
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
Virtual
Email Contact(s):
MNR Info
Web Resource(s):
XMNR
GMNR
GCNR
GCGS
Phone Number(s):
571/858-3338
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Jan 01
Summer I: May 01
Summer II: Jun 01
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Program Director : Michael Mortimer
Graduate Program Director(s) : David Robertson (XMNR Program Lead), Kieran Lindsey (online MNR Program Lead)
Professors: Robert Hull; Patricia Raun
Associate Professors: Marc Stern
Adjunct Professors: Jerry Abrams (National Capital Region); Mark Belleville (National Capital Region); William Burns (National Capital Region); Brian Czech (National Capital Region); Desiree DiMauro (National Capital Region); Megan Draheim (National Capital Region); James Egenrieder (National Capital Region); Heather Eves (National Capital Region); Laura Giese (National Capital Region); Jennifer Jones (National Capital Region); Adam Kalkstein (National Capital Region); Jennifer Lawrence (National Capital Region); Daniel Marcucci (National Capital Region); Joseph Maroon (National Capital Region); Andrew Perlstein (National Capital Region); Michael Ruggiero (National Capital Region); Emily Talley (National Capital Region); Louise Wise (National Capital Region); Dequn Zhou (National Capital Region)
Affiliated Faculty: Courtney Kimmel (National Capital Region); Kieran Lindsey (National Capital Region); Michael Mortimer (National Capital Region); David Robertson (National Capital Region)
Professor of Practice: Shelley Mastran (National Capital Region)

Natural Resources Introduction

Offered by Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS), the Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree programs and related graduate certificates prepare students for employment and career opportunities in environmental conservation and sustainability development, especially new jobs emerging in an increasingly global, urban, and interconnected world.

Designed as a professional degree, the MNR is offered in three different formats to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse audience -- an Executive format (XMNR) for professionals with significant prior work experience; a 100% online course format (MNR); and a Global format (GMNR) for those looking for extensive international experience. All three 30-credit, non-thesis formats provide an interdisciplinary perspective, transformative experiences, and international engagement as core elements of the curriculum. The MNR degree does not require a GRE for admission.

Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR)
  • Accelerated 14-month, cohort format
  • Designed for full-time working professionals with significant prior work experience
  • Meets one weekend each month in the Washington, DC region as well as online
  • Includes a 10-day International Residency project and trip
Global Master of Natural Resources (GMNR)
  • All coursework completed online
  • Emphasis on global sustainability challenges and strategies
  • Required components include three (non-virtual) International Field Experiences (IFEs)
  • Self-directed and flexible timeline
Online Master of Natural Resources (MNR)
  • All coursework completed online
  • Six electives allow students to customize the degree to meet career goals
  • Required components include one (non-virtual) International Field Experience (IFE)
  • Self-directed and flexible timeline
Unsure about a full Masters degree program? Or maybe you would like to take a few courses before you decide? Certificates are a great way to earn graduate credit and receive formal recognition for coursework without committing to a full degree program. We offer two graduate certificates.

Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources (GCNR)
  • 12-credit hour program -- all coursework completed online
  • Offers environmental professionals a chance to refresh credentials
  • Allows graduate students in other degree programs to expand their educational repertoire
  • Potential MNR degree students can sample courses while earning graduate credit
Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability (GCGS)
  • 9-credit hour program -- all coursework completed online
  • Required components include one (non-virtual) International Field Experience (IFE)
  • Designed to provide international sustainable development experience
  • Emphasis on environmental sustainability in emerging economies

Director, Graduate Programs

Michael J. Mortimer

Assistant Director, Graduate Programs

Courtney E. Kimmel

Associate Director, XMNR Program

David P. Robertson

Associate Director, Online Programs

Kieran J. Lindsey
Offered In (Virtual)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree requires 30 credits of coursework and is offered in three distinct formats: Online, Global, and Executive.


Concentrations

XMNR

The Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) in Leadership for Sustainability is a 14-month graduate degree program for full-time professionals.  The program accepts a limited number of students representing diverse business, government, and civil society organizations. New cohorts begin each January.

online MNR

Designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate busy schedules, the online Master of Natural Resources (MNR) is a 30-credit hour, virtual degree program that combines online coursework and participation in an International Field Experiences (IFE) in rapidly developing regions around the world. MNR graduates are prepared to succeed on a truly global stage as natural resources, environmental, and sustainability professionals.

Global MNR

The Global Master of Natural Resources (GMNR) degree program is designed for students seeking more extensive global experience in the environmental and sustainable development arenas. The GMNR combines online coursework and participation in three International Field Experiences (IFEs) in rapidly developing regions around the world. Flexible scheduling options provide GMNR students an opportunity to customize their program of study to meet their personal and professional goals, as well as their schedule. 
Offered In (National Capital Region, Virtual)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:





The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) graduate degree requires 30 credit hours and is offered in three distinct formats: Executive, Global, and Online. See the website links below for details.  Graduate Certificates are offered in two formats: Natural Resources and Global Sustainability. See the website links below for details.

Concentrations

XMNR

  • Accelerated 14-month, cohort format
  • Designed for full-time working professionals with significant prior work experience
  • Meets one weekend each month in the Washington, DC region and online
  • Includes a 10-day International Residency project and trip

For more details visit the XMNR website.

GMNR

  • All coursework completed online
  • Emphasis on global sustainability challenges and strategies
  • Required components include three (non-virtual) International Field Experiences (IFEs)
  • Self-directed and flexible timeline

For more details visit the GMNR website.

Online MNR

  • All coursework completed online
  • Six electives allow students to customize the degree to meet career goals
  • Required components include one (non-virtual) International Field Experience (IFE)
  • Self-directed and flexible timeline

For more details visit the Online MNR website.

GCNR

  • 12-credit hour program -- all coursework completed online
  • Allows environmental professionals to refresh credentials
  • Graduate students in other degree programs can expand their educational repertoire
  • Potential MNR degree students can sample courses while earning graduate credit

For more details visit the GCNR website.

GCGS

  • 9-credit hour program -- all coursework completed online
  • Required components include one (non-virtual) International Field Experience (IFE)
  • Designed to provide international sustainable development experience
  • Emphasis on environmental sustainability in emerging economies

For more details visit the GCGS website.

Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS)

The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) is located near Washington, DC, at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington (VTRC-A), a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified facility. The VTRC-A building is just one block from the Ballston Metro station and Interstate 66. It is also within walking distance of major government organizations and association headquarters, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  

For more information about where our students and faculty work and interact, visit our website

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