About This Degree

The online Master of Natural Resources degree is designed to give natural resource professionals the skills to analyze complex natural resource issues and better communicate the results of their analyses. Students completing this degree acquire the skills to work as decision makers and advance their careers in natural resource management positions.

It focuses on five core course areas: Human Dimensions, Ecological Foundations, Quantitative Methods, Information Management, and Policy/Administration. Students are required to take three credits from each core area and complete a capstone experience. The capstone project is derived from each student’s disciplinary or career interests. The purpose of the project is to demonstrate a student’s interdisciplinary knowledge of the MNR’s core learning objectives, synthesize and apply them to a specific problem for management purposes. Depending upon the project, students are allowed to take 3-6 credits of NR 6600 NR integrative experience to be applied to the MNR degree program.

Special Information

The Master of Natural Resources degree (MNR) is also available through short-courses approved for the program.


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Graduates gain a broad education in how to solve natural resource problems from multiple perspectives that prepares them for management and decision-making careers in natural resources fields.

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Differential Tuition

The S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. See the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information.