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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, WXMNR), Kieran Lindsey (Online MNR, GMNR, Graduate Certificates)
Professors: Robert Hull; Patricia Raun; Marc Stern
Adjunct Professors: Jerry Abrams (National Capital Region); Mark Belleville (National Capital Region); William Burns (National Capital Region); Desiree DiMauro (National Capital Region); Megan Draheim (National Capital Region); James Egenrieder (National Capital Region); Selma Elouardighi (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); Jennifer Sevin (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)
  • 14 months (accelerated, cohort format)
  • Students are experienced working professionals
  • Classes meet one weekend each month in Washington, DC; online; 10-day International Residency
  • Emphasis on career change/advancement; leadership and innovation for sustainability
World Master of Natural Resources (WXMNR)
  • 15 months (accelerated, cohort format)
  • Students are experienced working professionals located worldwide
  • Classes meet online and at four international locations (10 days in China, South Africa, Turkey, and US)
  • Emphasis on career change/advancement; leadership and innovation for sustainable development
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
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
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

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:

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.

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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