Curriculum: Master of Natural Resources – Online

This is a 45-credit master's program offered online through Oregon State University. Students who complete this program graduate with a Master of Natural Resources.

Molly Pitts - an OSU Master of Natural Resources student. Play

Molly Pitts is a Master of Natural Resources student online with Oregon State University. Here she discusses the high-level interaction she and her classmates have with their OSU Ecampus instructors.

Core classes (18 credits)

  • Introduction to Sustainable Natural Resources (3 credits) 
  • Ecology/Production (6 credits)
  • Human Systems (6-9 credits)
  • Methodology (3 credits)

Area of emphasis (18 credits)

You can choose an area of emphasis from the following disciplines, or you can design your own area of focus based on your career goals:

MNR capstone project (9 credits)

View a complete list of courses for this program.

Oral examination 

Successful completion of a final oral examination is required for all master's degrees. You will defend the course of study and capstone project by coordinating with your Graduate Advisory Committee (GAC).

While it is generally expected that all members of graduate committees, including students, should be physically present at all required meetings, it is permissible for your and/or committee members to participate from a remote location. Please contact your GAC if defending from a remote location is an option you are considering. Learn more about policies governing master's degree programs.

Academic calendar

Oregon State is on the quarter term system. Fall term starts in late September; winter term begins in early January; spring classes start in early April; and summer term starts in late June. Check the academic calendar for class and registration start dates, and browse the Ecampus schedule of classes for additional details.

Susy Boyd - an OSU Master of Natural Resources student. Play

Susy Boyd, a Master of Natural Resources student from California, discusses the advantages of learning online with Oregon State University.

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