Graduate Catalog
2021-2022
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
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
MNR Degree in Natural Resources
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
National Capital Region
Virtual
Email Contact(s):
MNR Info
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
571/858-3338
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Jul 15
Spring: Dec 01
Summer I: Apr 15
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Program Director : Michael Mortimer
Graduate Program Director(s) : Emily Talley (Deputy Program Director), Kieran Lindsey (Associate Director for Online Programs), David Robertson (Associate Director for Executive Programs)
Professors: Robert Hull (Blacksburg, NCR, Virtual); Patricia Raun (Blacksburg, NCR); Marc Stern (Blacksburg, NCR, Virtual)
Assistant Professors: Anamaria Bukvic (Blacksburg, Virtual); Jennifer Lawrence (Blacksburg, Virtual)
Adjunct Professors: Jerry Abrams (NCR); Mary Berry (Virtual); Seth Brown (Virtual); Neil Dampier (Virtual); Desiree DiMauro (Virtual); Megan Draheim (Virtual); James Egenrieder (Virtual); Heather Eves (Virtual); Rachel Goldstein (Virtual); John Goyden (Virtual); John Hadidian (Virtual); Conaway Haskins (Virtual); Jennifer Hoffman (NCR, Virtual); Jennifer Jones (Virtual); Adam Kalkstein (Virtual); Lindsay Key (Virtual); Courtney Kimmel (Virtual); Dominique Lueckenhoff (Virtual); Omchand Mahdu (Virtual); Marina Malamud (NCR, Virtual); Daniel Marcucci (Virtual); Donna Palumbo-Miele (Virtual); Kevin Rabinovitch (Virtual); Marcy Schnitzer (Virtual); Erwin Villiger (NCR, Virtual); Paul Wagner (NCR, Virtual); Louise Wise (NCR, Virtual)
Affiliated Faculty: Elizabeth Hurley (NCR, Virtual); Kieran Lindsey (Virtual); Michael Mortimer (National Capital Region); David Robertson (National Capital Region); Emily Talley (NCR, Virtual)

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 (100% 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 graduate education for over a decade, so we're less disrupted than campus-based programs during times of change. Our faculty are online teaching 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.

Flexible Formats:
  • Diverse undergrad majors welcomed
  • Environmental science background is NOT required
  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • 10-day overseas Global Study (when it is safe to travel)
  • No GRE requirement
  • 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
Focus Areas:
  • 5 Required Core Courses +
  • Biodiversity & Ecosystems
  • Cities & Urban Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Security
  • General Sustainability
  • Society & Sustainability
  • Sustainable Business
  • Water & Marine Systems
Veterans benefits can be used to cover the cost of both degree program formats.  Financial aid is available.

Contact Emily Talley (emtalley@vt.edu), our Academic Advisor, to discuss our graduate programs.
For more information, click here to access our website.

Director, Graduate Programs

Michael J. Mortimer

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:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • Diverse undergrad majors welcomed
  • Environmental science background is NOT required
  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • No GRE requirement
  • Admission decisions are based on both academic and professional experience
  • No additional cost for out-of-state or international students
  • 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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