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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 Degree in Natural Resources
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
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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

The Vision


Our vision for the Northern Virginia Natural Resources Program is to be a leader in the areas of natural resource policy, sustainable development of urban environments, and the sustainable management of natural resources in a global context.


Program Description


The expertise of the College of Natural Resources and Environment is not duplicated by any other university with a presence in Northern Virginia. While traditional natural resource education, research, and outreach programs have addressed issues involving rural environments, our program additionally addresses natural resource issues in the urban environment, the growing urban/rural interface, and international resource management in a global setting. Topics such as urban fisheries and wildlife management, urban forestry, open space management, green infrastructure, land use policy, water allocation, biodiversity conservation, and international sustainable development are among those emphasized.


The non-thesis Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree is offered from Falls Church and can be obtained in both classroom and virtual settings.  The degree accommodates the needs of working professionals, and can be obtained part-time or full-time.  A cohort-based executive version of the MNR degree (XMNR) focusing on leadership for sustainability, the first of its kind in the nation, is also available and a new cohort starts each January.  A 12 credit Certificate of Graduate Studies in Natural Resources is also available.  Finally, study abroad programs are offered each year for students looking to gain professional overseas work experience.


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, National Capital Region)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
MNR must take 33 credit hours, including 4 core courses (12 credit hours); and prepare a capstone project (3-6 credit hours).

XMNR is cohort-based with enrolled students taking the same courses simultaneously for 4 semesters.  Total course credits are 30, with an additional capstone project for 3 credits.

Certificate of Graduate Study in Natural Resources requires 4 courses (12 credit hours) and must include NR 5724 (Conservation Ecology).

Natural Resources Facilities Introduction

Classes are offered at the Northern Virginia Centers in Falls Church, and more than 3/4 of the classes in each semester are also offered virtually.
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