Master of Natural Resources – Online
Solutions for complex issues
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 12 departments within the colleges of Agricultural Sciences; Forestry; Science; Liberal Arts; and Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences.
Graduate certificate pathway to MNR
Oregon State provides a pathway toward earning your MNR degree through seven graduate certificates – all delivered 100% online. If you choose the certificate pathway, the credits you earn may meet your area of emphasis requirement within the MNR program.
- Fisheries management
- Forests and climate change
- Geographic information science (GIScience)
- Sustainable natural resources
- Urban forestry
- Water conflict management and transformation
- Wildlife management
Earning a graduate certificate can help you “test the waters” before committing to the master’s program.
In addition, becoming an admitted student in one of these graduate certificate programs allows you to:
- Connect with faculty who can potentially serve as your MNR advisor
- Bypass the GRE requirement for MNR admission
- Apply for a change of degree at no cost
- Smoothly transition into the MNR program as a currently admitted student
- Meet the preferred requirement for natural resources-related work or volunteer experience
Students planning to use credits from a graduate certificate towards a master’s degree should discuss transfer credit policies with an advisor in advance.
Please note: It’s important that you apply to change your degree program to MNR while you’re a current student in good standing in your graduate certificate program. It is also important that you wait to take MNR core classes until after you apply to change your degree program to MNR. Visit the Master of Natural Resources admissions page for details.
Accelerated Master’s Platform for undergrad students
Oregon State’s Accelerated Master’s Platform allows current undergraduate natural resources students to take graduate-level courses online that will be applied to their bachelor’s degree, and the credits earned will be transferred to the Master of Natural Resources program. Earn graduate credits and apply them to both degrees as a student in the AMP program. Undergraduate students enrolled in Ecampus graduate courses will pay the graduate tuition and fees rate.