Program Overview

The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) Degree from Utah State University is an interdisciplinary degree designed to meet the needs of working natural resource professionals. This degree program was created to give these professionals the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively as decision makers and managers and administrators of natural resources.

This program is entirely online, allowing students to take courses from any location. There are several delivery options that the students can choose from, depending on which best fits their schedules. The program consists of 33 credit hours, 20 of which come from core courses. The remaining credits come from electives chosen to reflect each student's interests or area of specialty.

This program offers a specialization in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Certificate program, allowing students to build their sequences around their needs. This certificate program was created to prepare professionals for dealing with and working effectively on NEPA documents.

The MNR program is a non-thesis master's that focuses coursework around seven core requirements related to natural resource management: quantitative methods, ecological foundations, human dimensions, spatial information management, policy, economics, and administration. There is also a capstone course, which provides students with an opportunity to use their skills in a real-world context. They will complete a related research project, from proposal to execution.

Students may begin to understand the human linkage to natural resources and how these affect management decisions. They will receive instruction in GIS techniques, the ecological principles of different population levels, and the way these are interconnected. Professors focus on the major treaties, laws, regulations, and policies related to resource management and the major differences between them.

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    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Utah State University, located on a suburban campus in Logan, Utah, is a land-grant and space-grant institution. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college, which focused on agriculture, mechanic arts, and domestic arts. The main campus of USU is located in Logan, and regional campuses are located in Bingham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. USU operates more than 20 distance education centers throughout Utah.

    The school offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, natural resource sciences, economics and elementary and secondary education. The academic programs at USU lead to bachelor's, master'sd and doctoral degrees and are housed in the following colleges: 

    • School of Graduate Studies
    • Caine College of the Arts
    • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science
    • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • S.J. & Jessie E Quinney College of Natural Resources

    USU has a flexible distance education program that offers degrees and programs that can be completed entirely online from any location that has internet access. Associate, bachelors and masters degrees, certificates, professional education licensure, and professional education endorsements can be earned online.


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