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About Natural Resources

The master of natural resources is an interdisciplinary degree designed for working natural resource professionals. Students take courses from all departments within the College of Natural Resources. There are seven core areas in which students are required to take coursework: ecology, human dimensions, economics, policy, spatial technology, administration, and quantitative methods. The program was designed to give natural resource professionals the skills required to work as decision makers and managers in the natural resources. Their previous knowledge in a specific natural resources field is broadened by study in these other areas to help them understand the bigger picture of natural resources issues.

The Master of Natural Resources degree (MNR) is also available through short-courses approved for the program.

Differential Tuition

The S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources may charge differential tuition for this program. Differential tuition is an added cost per credit for courses in the program. Contact the department or see the last page in the USU Tuition & Fee schedule for more information about the cost of this program.

Students must have an undergraduate degree in a natural resource field, or adequate work experience in the natural resources if their degree is in another area. It is preferred that all applicants, regardless of undergraduate major, have at least three years of work experience in natural resources.

Application Requirements:

  • Complete the online application
  • Pay the $55 application fee
  • Score at or above the 40th percentile on in the GRE or MAT
  • Have a 3.0 or higher GPA on your last 60 semester or 90 quarter credits
  • Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
  • Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Graduates gain a broad education in how to solve natural resource problems from multiple perspectives that prepares them for management and decision-making careers in natural resources fields.

Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

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