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Natural Resources
College of Natural Resources and Environment
Virginia Tech in the National Capital Region (NCR) is dedicated to furthering the university's three missions - education, research, and outreach. With facilities, faculty, graduate degrees, and research in the region since 1969, Virginia Tech has a long tradition of creating new knowledge and applying it to the critical problems facing the Washington DC area, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.
Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) 900 N. Glebe Road Arlington VA 22203
Northern Virginia Center
Degree(s) Offered:
MNR Degree in Natural Resources
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
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Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
Spring: Dec 01
Summer I: May 01
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Graduate Program Director(s) : Emily Talley (Managing Director), Kieran Lindsey (Director, MNR (Online) Program), David Robertson (Director, Executive MNR Program)
Professors: Robert Hull (Blacksburg, NCR, Virtual); Patricia Raun (Blacksburg, NCR); Marc Stern (Blacksburg, NCR, Virtual)
Professor of Practice: Jerry Abrams (NCR); Desiree DiMauro (Virtual); Megan Draheim (Virtual); Heather Eves (Virtual); John Hadidian (Virtual); Jennifer Jones (Virtual); Adam Kalkstein (Virtual); Courtney Kimmel (Virtual); Daniel Marcucci (Virtual); Kathleen Perkins (NCR); Kevin Rabinovitch (Virtual); Marcy Schnitzer (Virtual); Paul Wagner (NCR, Virtual)
Adjunct Faculty: James Egenrieder (Virtual); April Evans (Virtual); Lindsay Key (Virtual); Jennifer Lawrence (Virtual); Caleb O'Brien (Virtual); Jason Papacosma (Virtual); Robert Sarikas (Virtual)
Assistant Professor of Practice: Neil Dampier (Virtual); Rachel Goldstein (Virtual); Donna Palumbo-Miele (Virtual)
Associate Professor of Practice: Gary Barrett (NCR); Richard Dooley (NCR)

Master of Natural Resources

The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) is a 30 credit hour degree designed for working professionals aiming to advance their careers or to shift to leadership roles in the environmental and sustainability fields or functions. Delivered through two flexible programs:  Executive (hybrid in-person and virtual), and Online (virtual). 

Our innovative course delivery and instruction approach allows you to immediately apply what you learn to real-world challenges.  We've been delivering online and hybrid graduate education for over a decade, so we're less disrupted than campus-based programs during times of change. Our faculty are virtual classroom professionals, and our student-to-instructor ratio is low. We're set up to support all of our students, and we have the experience, capacity, and resources to ensure your success. We offer an extensive curriculum of courses that address diverse environmental and sustainability issues.
Students can apply for the MNR as a degree-seeking student, non-degree-seeking (Commonwealth Campus) student, or accelerated undergraduate/graduate program for Virginia Tech students. 

Flexible Formats:
  • Diverse undergrad majors welcomed
  • Environmental science background is NOT required
  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • 10-day overseas Global Study**
  • No GRE; TOEFL may be required for international students
  • Admission decisions are based on both academic and professional experience
  • No additional cost for out-of-state or international students
  • Executive program meets in-person 11 weekends per year: 1) in the Washington, DC metro area for five 3-day meetings; and 2) virtually for six 2-day meetings
  • Online program coursework is delivered 100% virtual, and offers flexible completion times
  • Click here to start your application
** As part of our mission to build leadership for global sustainability, the required NR 5114 Global Issues in ES course includes a 10-day in-person, team-based study abroad experience. Locations include:  
  • Argentina
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • South Africa
  • Spain
Given the dynamic nature of travel at the moment, we are following Virginia Tech’s travel and study abroad policies to inform our decisions on destinations and timing. 

Focus Areas:
  • Required Core Courses +
  • Biodiversity & Ecosystems
  • Cities & Urban Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Security
  • Sustainable Business
  • Water & Marine Systems
Veterans benefits can be used to cover the cost of both degree program formats.  Financial aid is available.

Contact Lindsay Key (, our Academic Advisor, to discuss our graduate programs.
For more information, click here to access our website.

Managing Director, Graduate Education & Regional Operations

 Emily K. Talley (

Associate Director for Executive Programs

 David P. Robertson (

Associate Director for Online Programs

 Kieran J. Lindsey (
Offered In (National Capital Region, Virtual)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0

  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • Two formats designed for working professionals:  Online and Executive (Hybrid)
  • Diverse undergrad majors welcomed
  • Curriculum and career coaching customized to your goals
  • 10-day overseas Global Study
  • Non-thesis professional graduate degree
  • No GRE or environmental science background required
  • TOEFL may be required for international students
  • Financial aid is available
  • No additional cost for out-of-state or international students
  • Admission decisions are based on both academic and professional experience
  • Click here to start your application
For more information, click here to access our website.

Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS)

The Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS) is located near Washington, DC, at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington (VTRC-A), a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified facility. The VTRC-A building is just one block from the Ballston Metro station and Interstate 66. It is also within walking distance of major government agency and association headquarters, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Office of Naval Research (ONR), US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).  
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