- Bachelor's degree in any social or natural science field
- Degree should include basic courses in biology, ecology and economics
- A minimum 3.0 GPA
- Take or have taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the past five years
- Recommended background includes two years of natural resources-related work experience
When to apply
This program allows students to start during the fall, winter, spring or summer terms.
You should have a complete application, including all supporting materials, on file no later than ten weeks prior to the academic term that you intend to start.
How to apply as a degree-seeking student
Choose an advisor
Faculty advisors help guide you through the program and offer mentoring as you work toward your degree. Before submitting your application, please follow the steps outlined in our guide for choosing an advisor webpage to Identify a faculty member whose area of expertise aligns with your academic interest and request that they to serve as your MNR program advisor.
Apply to the OSU Graduate School
1. Apply as a degree-seeking student through the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. The nonrefundable application fee is $75.
2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
NOTE: Although the Graduate School application is submitted online electronically – and all of the documentation (scores, transcripts, etc.) can be uploaded as attachments – some students may choose to mail their documentation. Accompanying materials can be mailed to the Graduate School (300 Kerr, Corvallis, OR, 97331).
You DO NOT have to mail AND submit your documents electronically.
Apply to the Master of Natural Resources program
1. Submit a cover letter. Request admission to the program with a statement of objectives, a description of your professional and educational experience, why you seek admission into the MNR program and a description of your idea for a capstone project.
2. Submit three professional references. Provide the names and email addresses of three individuals who will supply letters of professional reference on your behalf. These individuals will be contacted directly by the OSU Graduate School and asked to independently upload their letters.
3. Send Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Have your official GRE scores sent to the Graduate School at Oregon State University at institution code 4586.
NOTE: International applicants must also submit documents and language test scores that are outlined on the graduate admissions international applicants webpage.
How to apply as an admitted graduate certificate student
As a current student in good standing in one of these graduate certificate programs, you can apply your earned credits toward the area of emphasis requirement for MNR:
- Fisheries management
- Forests and climate change
- Geographic information science
- Sustainable natural resources
- Urban forestry
- Water conflict management
- Wildlife management
To apply for a change of degree at no cost, you must:
- Confirm that a faculty advisor has agreed to work with you
- Hold a 3.0 GPA in your current graduate certificate program
- Apply to the OSU Graduate School for a “change of degree”
Please note: It’s important that you apply to change your degree program to MNR while you’re still an admitted graduate certificate student.
How to apply as a nondegree-seeking student
You may apply to Oregon State as a nondegree-seeking graduate student. Nondegree-seeking students who may later wish to apply to the MNR program or a different graduate degree program should be aware that up to 15 graduate credits may be transferred toward a 45-credit master's degree. For additional details, please refer to the nondegree graduate status policy.
For admissions questions, please contact:
Dr. Badege Bishaw, program director
Master of Natural Resources