Master of Natural Resources
The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree program is an interdisciplinary, course-based graduate program designed for upcoming or working professionals who wish to enhance their education credentials for a career in natural resources. The MNR program offers two Options. Explore the Option that best fits your educational and career objectives:
Through the suite of courses in these program categories and a project, students from diverse academic backgrounds gain the knowledge and skills to better understand and effectively manage natural resources.
- 30 semester credits, non-thesis program designed for working professionals.
- Students may complete the degree in just three semesters.
- Up to 12 applicable credits can be transferred into the program.
- Can be completed entirely online.
- Culminates in a Final Project with lasting impact.
- Apply year-round.
Integrated Natural Resources
Managing natural resources is a challenging and deeply rewarding career path, attractive to scientists, recreationists and hunters, and conservationists alike. The fundamental objective of the Integrated Natural Resources MNR program is to integrate and scale various perspectives – ecological, human dimensions, planning, policy and law, and practical tools – into a broad and practical view of natural resources. This unique professional degree is accessible to students of diverse academic backgrounds and will help graduates develop credentials and skills to engage in effective, adaptive conservation of natural resources for the future. The degree consists of 30 semester credits: five credits from each of four MNR program categories – Ecology, Human Dimensions, Policy, Planning and Law, and Tools & Technology, eight elective course credits from the MNR curriculum, and two credits for a Final Project.
Fire Ecology & Management
Wildland fire is an increasingly important challenge for people in Idaho, the West, and the world. Natural resource professionals face difficult challenges in the face of reduced budgets, changing global environments, invasive species, population growth, and related expectations for ecosystem services- many of which are affected by watershed and vegetation response to fires. Federal, state, local, and NGO land managers across disciplines are required to plan for and address fire management, yet may not be familiar with the ever-expanding wealth of fire science and tools. The Fire Ecology and Management Option of the MNR brings the University’s unique cadre of seasoned wildland fire educators to bear on these challenges, preparing professionals in natural resource management to address the compelling array of implications of changing fire regimes. The degree consists of 30 semester credits: Five Core Fire courses, plus 2-4 credits from each of four MNR program categories – Ecology, Human Dimensions, Policy, Planning and Law, and Tools & Technology, and a 2-CR Final Project.
For more information, please email the program director.