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Master of Natural Resources - MNR

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S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Degree Coordinator: Melanie Conrad
Location: Natural Resources 122
Phone: (435) 797-3375
FAX: (435) 797-4048

Degree offered: Master of Natural Resources (MNR)

Full details of the learning objectives, assessment plan, student outcomes, and evidence of continuous improvement for the MNR program of study can be found at


The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) is a non-thesis degree designed to help natural resource professionals function better in management positions. It will give them an interdisciplinary curriculum to broaden their knowledge and help them see the “big picture” view of managing both land and people.

Acceptance Requirements

To apply to the MNR program, apply through the USU School of Graduate Studies webpage.

The minimum requirements for admission to the MNR degree program are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree in an NR-related field or a non-NR-related bachelor’s degree with demonstration of competency in core subject matter covered in NR degrees
  • A minimum of three years’ work experience in a natural resources field
  • Necessary prerequisites for MNR students: one-semester life, physical or chemical science course (junior level or higher); undergraduate statistics preferred
  • 3.0 or higher grade point average on last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Three satisfactory letters of recommendation (one needs to be from an academic source if possible)
  • Statement of Purpose: Describe how your past experience and education qualify you for the MNR and how the MNR will help you meet your future professional goals. List potential capstone project ideas you could use for this degree.

Prior to applying to the program, applicants are encouraged to contact the degree coordinator directly.

Course Requirements

The MNR degree program consists of 33 total semester credits. The degree is designed to develop competencies in five core areas, several electives, and a capstone experience. The MNR is tailored to the specific needs of each student. Each student works with the degree coordinator and a graduate committee to identify a program of study that best meets his or her needs.

Please visit our website to see course requirements.

Modes of MNR Delivery

The MNR is offered through three different delivery methods: online, on-campus, and short-courses. Students can complete the MNR degree using all online courses.

Ecological Foundations

Must take at least 3 credits.

Policy and Administration

Must take at least 3 credits.

Capstone Requirement

Must take at least 3 credits. Contact advisor for details.

Additional Elective Options

Choose the remaining 15 credits from the five core areas or the additional courses listed below. Other course options must be approved by the graduate committee.

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