Get a master of natural resources from the university of idaho while still employed. the mnr program offers both on and off campus courses and will prepare you for a promotion to management in your area of expertise.

Master of Natural Resources (MNR)

Enhanced Management Skills

The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree program is an interdisciplinary, course-based graduate program designed for mid- and executive-level professionals who wish to enhance their education credentials for a career in natural resources.

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.

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Fast Facts

  • Students may complete the degree in just three semesters
  • Can be completed entirely online, on campus, or a combination of the two
  • 30 semester credits, non-thesis program designed for mid- and executive-level professionals
  • Culminates in an oral presentation of a case study on a natural resources issue
  • Can be combined with two CNR certificate programs

This advanced degree prepares you for a variety of innovative and exciting careers. Depending on what you’re most interested in, you may become a:

  • Environmental consultant
  • Manager of sustainable development
  • Public information officer for a city or national park
  • Director for a public utility
  • Lobbyist for a land development commission
  • Corporate agricultural development consultant
  • Community college instructor in natural resources
Degree Prep The MNR program is designed for students who possess a baccalaureate degree and have the desire to upgrade career advancement opportunities or pursue a new career in a natural resource or ecology field.

To be considered for admittance to the MNR program, students will need to submit three letters of reference, fulfill admission requirements and complete the application for the College of Graduate Studies, have completed the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and possess a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Graduate Admissions will send your application to MNR faculty for review.
Degree Roadmap

This program is a non-thesis and course-based program requiring 30 semester credits, which culminates with an orally presented case study. Your MNR can be completed entirely online, entirely on campus, or through a combination of online and on-campus courses at your own pace. Students typically complete the coursework in three semesters.

MNR courses are divided into four areas of emphasis:

  • Ecology & management of natural resources
  • Human dimensions
  • Policy, planning, & law
  • Tools & technology

Download the MNR Guidebook

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

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Hands-On Learning

The university hosts world-class research centers for remote sensing and ecological genetics. Idaho and the surrounding states also offer an outstanding outdoor classroom for natural resources issues. Some of our unique off-site facilities include the University of Idaho Experimental Forest, the Guernsey Outdoor Classroom,the McCall Field Campus and the incomparable Taylor Wilderness Research Station, a wilderness research facility nestled in the heart of the Frank Church—River of No Return Wilderness.