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Moscow

College of Natural Resources
phone: (208) 885-8981
toll free: 88-88-UIDAHO
fax: (208) 885-5534

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1142
Moscow, ID 83844-1142
change the course of your career with an online masters degree in fire ecology and management from the university of idaho and the college of natural resources

Questions?

More answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the MNR program may be found on the MNR website.

Contact MNR@uidaho.edu with other questions, and we’ll be sure to get you answers.

  • How can I specialize in wildland fire?
    • Take one or several individual courses as a non-degree seeking student
    • You may also complete the 15-credit certificate in Fire Ecology, Management, and Technology.
    • Pursue the MNR degree specializing in fire, including 30 credits with a professional project. We recommend you complete the fire certificate as part of your MNR degree.
  • Will these courses count towards the GS-0401 job series requirement?
    Yes, many of our courses count towards the 24-semester hour requirement for the GS-0401 job series. For specifics, talk with your personnel office. Our courses are recorded on your academic transcript once you complete the course and earn a grade.
  • How does an MNR degree differ from an MS degree?
    The MNR-Fire Option degree is a course-based degree with a professional non-thesis project that incorporates fire science, applied tools and technology, management, planning and policy, as well as human dimensions. A MS degree typically requires an independent research-based thesis and less coursework. Both MNR and MS degrees are recognized as masters degrees. Though different, both are recognized professional credentials that increase your competitiveness for many jobs.
  • What is the difference between an undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees?
    Graduate courses require a student to understand the primary scientific literature. Graduate courses demand further synthesis of scientific information. As a graduate student, you are required to be much more independent in the learning process than you were as an undergraduate. This means you get to self-direct your learning more.
  • What background do I need? Are there requirements?
    The background and requirements are the same as for the Masters of Natural Resource Program.
  • Can I earn credit by examination?
    Yes. You can challenge any university course to earn credit by examination. This requires getting permission from professor teaching the course, their department and the College of Graduate Studies. See section I of the University of Idaho catalog for more information.
  • Do National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) training courses count?
    NWCG training courses do not count towards college credit unless they have been recorded on a college transcript at an accredited university. Having had NWCG training will help you get more from related university courses. For instance, you’ll learn a lot more about fire behavior if you have experience with fires and you have had S-290 and beyond. If you have advanced NWCG planning trained or you have earned college credit for those courses, email a professor about how those can be counted toward your certificate or MNR degree requirement.
  • What's the difference between training and education?
    We provide the education to complement your training and experience. Training is primarily skills-based, focuses on the ‘how to’, and is more narrowly focused on fire management. Education is more information-based, focuses on the ‘why’, and more broadly includes fire science, management, and policy and the knowledge on which they are based.
  • Can I use courses from other universities to meet program requirements?
    A limited number of course credits can be transferred from other universities if they fit into the current course bins and are approved by the faculty.
    • For the Fire Ecology, Management, and Technology certificate, 6 of the required 15 credits can be made up of transfer credits, overage credits, or credits from an undergraduate transcript for courses which were not required for the student’s undergraduate degree. At least 8 credits must be from the University of Idaho, and at least 9 nine credits must be above the 400-level. Coursework used towards the certificate cannot be more than five years old.
    • For the MNR degree, 12 of the 30-credit master’s program can be made up of transfer credits, overage credits, or credits from an undergraduate transcript for courses which were not required for the student’s undergraduate degree. At least 18 credits must be from the University of Idaho, and at least 18 credits must be numbered 500 or above. 
    Please email the faculty with any questions.
  • Can I use work experience to count towards coursework?
    Students may receive experiential learning credit. See section I of the University of Idaho catalog for more information.