Credits required
45 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 45 quarter credits are equal to 30 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$560 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
Start terms
3 per year

Admissions: Master of Natural Resources – Online 

Admissions requirements

  • 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
  • Recommended background includes two years of natural resources-related work experience

When to apply

This program allows students to start during the fall, winter and spring 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 you will need to have a faculty member who has agreed to be your advisor. Please follow the steps outlined in our guide for choosing an advisor to identify a faculty member whose area of expertise aligns with your academic interests 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 (Heckart Lodge, 2900 SW Jefferson Way, 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.

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:

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, and have not finished your certificate coursework. You also must not take any MNR core classes until your change of degree is approved.

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 22 graduate credits may be transferred toward a 45-credit master's degree. Because of the way certificate classes are considered transfer at OSU, if you plan to complete a certificate as part of your MNR degree you cannot have any other transfer credits. The 22 transfer credits are only available for MNR students not completing a certificate.


Please contact:
Juliet Sutton
Program coordinator
Forest Ecosystems and Society


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