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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: Jan 01
Summer I: May 01
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Program Director : Michael Mortimer
Graduate Program Director(s) : David Robertson (Associate Director for Executive Programs), Kieran Lindsey (Associate Director for Online Programs)
Professors: Robert Hull (Blacksburg, NCR, Virtual); Patricia Raun (Blacksburg, NCR)
Associate Professors: Marc Stern (Blacksburg, NCR, Virtual)
Assistant Professors: Anamaria Bukvic (Blacksburg, Virtual)
Adjunct Professors: Desiree DiMauro (Virtual); Megan Draheim (Virtual); James Egenrieder (Virtual); Selma Elouardighi (Virtual); Heather Eves (Virtual); John Hadidian (Virtual); Jennifer Jones (Virtual); Adam Kalkstein (Virtual); Courtney Kimmel (Virtual); Jennifer Lawrence (Blacksburg, Virtual); Daniel Marcucci (Virtual); Emily Talley (NCR, Virtual); Paul Wagner (NCR, Virtual); Louise Wise (NCR, Virtual)
Affiliated Faculty: Kieran Lindsey (Virtual); Michael Mortimer (National Capital Region); David Robertson (National Capital Region)

Master of Natural Resources

Learn the skills, frameworks, and capabilities needed to address a broad range of sustainability challenges in local communities, the workplace, and throughout global society.

The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) is designed for working professionals aiming to advance their careers or shift to leadership roles in the environmental and sustainability fields or functions. Delivered through two flexible programs--Executive (in-person/online hybrid) and Online--our innovative instruction allows you to immediately apply what you learn to real-world challenges.

A graduate degree from a widely respected and fully accredited university like Virginia Tech can lead to new rewarding career opportunities, whether you are looking to step up or pivot. To help chart career trajectories, all our students receive personalize career coaching.

Study Subject Themes:  
  • Climate Change and Resiliency
  • Energy Systems
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Water and Watersheds
  • Poverty and Development
  • Urbanization and Sustainable Cities
  • Global Flows and Supply Chains
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Flexible Formats:
  • Diverse undergrad majors welcomed
  • Graduate in as few as 12 months
  • 30-credit, non-thesis degree
  • 10-day global Study in a developing country
  • No GRE required
  • A background in environmental science is not required
  • Admission decisions are based on both academic and professional experience
  • No additional cost for out-of-state or international students
  • Executive program meets one weekend a month in the Washington, DC metro area
Veterans benefits can be used to cover the cost of both degree program formats.  Financial aid is available.

Contact academic advisor Emily Talley ( to discuss our graduate programs.

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:
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0

The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) graduate degree requires 30 credit hours and is offered in Online and Executive forms. See the weblink below for details.  Graduate Certificates are offered in two formats: Natural Resources (GCNR) and Global Sustainability (GCGS). See the weblink below for details.

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 organizations 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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