Master of Natural Resources – Online

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Solutions for complex issues

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Students and instructors discuss the benefits of the OSU Master of Natural Resources online degree program.

The Oregon State University Master of Natural Resources (MNR) program is an interdisciplinary program designed for natural resources professionals. This 45-credit program is delivered entirely online through Oregon State Ecampus – a nationally ranked provider of distance education.

You will develop the analytical and problem-solving skills needed to provide workable solutions for complex natural resources challenges. And you’ll learn how to balance competing economic, health and environmental interests.

Engage with leading scientists and professionals

Your Master of Natural Resources degree carries the prestige of Oregon State University, which is recognized nationally for its natural resources programs. This program taps the minds of world-class scientists from five OSU colleges and 12 departments including forestry, water, rangeland, fisheries, and wildlife management.

The Master of Natural Resources program director is Dr. Badege Bishaw, who specializes in agroforestry, social forestry, silviculture and international forestry.

You’ll also network with leading natural resources professionals from around the world as you  share common challenges and insights on current stewardship issues.

Study based on your professional goals

The program’s wide-ranging curriculum allows you to customize your learning across a variety of natural resources disciplines. You’ll study the interactions of ecological, economic, ethical, production and social systems. Explore multiple fields and focus on an area of emphasis based on your professional experience and interests.

Graduate certificate pathway to MNR

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Justin Zweifel applied credits earned from his water conflict management graduate certificate toward his MNR degree.

Oregon State provides a pathway toward earning your MNR degree through seven graduate certificates – all delivered 100% online. The credits you earn will meet your area of emphasis requirement for MNR.

 Earning a graduate certificate can help you “test the waters” before committing to the master’s program.

Please note: Admission to a graduate certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MNR program. However, if you successfully earn a graduate certificate with a GPA above 3.0, you can apply for a “change of degree” and be admitted to the MNR program.

In addition, completing a graduate certificate program allows you to:

  • Connect with faculty who can potentially serve as your MNR advisor
  • Bypass the GRE requirement for MNR admission
  • Meet the natural resources-related work or volunteer experience preference

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