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Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources (GCNR) Overview

This 12-credit graduate certificate is designed for students and professionals seeking graduate-level education and training in environmental and natural resource management. Students pursuing this certificate must complete 9 of the 12 credits with courses offered in the MNR program, including Conservation Ecology (NR 5724). The Graduate Certificate in Natural Resource Management is a good option for professionals seeking credentials in environmental and natural resource management.

Beyond the 9 credit hours that must be earned in courses offered through the MNR program, the remaining 3 credit hours may be earned in approved courses outside of the MNR program, including (but not limited to) courses offered as part of the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), and the Online Master of Arts in Political Science programs at Virginia Tech. Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above for those 12 credit hours.
How to Apply:
Fill out the online application for participation in the certificate program.
Upon processing of the application, you will be contacted
with information about the submission of additional
required materials. Thank you for your interest.

GCNR Admission Requirements

Students can apply for the GCNR as a degree-seeking student, non-degree-seeking student, or visiting student. If you are not currently a VT student or a graduate student at another institution (visiting student status), you must apply for graduate admission through the Virginia Tech Graduate School as a Graduate Certificate status applicant. Requirements for admission include:

  • Completed undergraduate degree
  • 2-3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Current resume/ CV
  • Personal goal statement
  • Completed application
  • No GRE required; TOEFL may be required for international students

GCNR Requirements

The GCNR can be completed in a single academic term or over the course of several semesters. Many students go on to complete a Master of Natural Resources degree. All NR courses are offered online for three credits unless otherwise noted.

Required coursework:

  • NR 5724 Conservation Ecology (3 hours)
  • NR Elective (3 hours)
  • NR Elective (3 hours)
  • NR Elective (3 hours)