Information for current Students

The fundamental objective of the MNR graduate program is to integrate and scale various perspectives ecological, the human dimension, planning and law, and practical tools into a systems view of natural resource issues. Through the suite of courses from four major categories with these perspectives, and the case study project, students from diverse academic backgrounds will gain the knowledge and skills for better understanding and effective management of natural resource issues.

The MNR program can be completed entirely via online courses, campus-based courses, or a combination of online and resident courses. Students typically complete the degree in three semesters.

In addition, the MNR graduate program can be combined with Certificate programs in Restoration Ecology and Fire Ecology, Management & Technology. Because the MNR graduate program is a course-based non-thesis program, there is no financial assistance in the form of teaching or research assistantships, or scholarships from the College Natural Resources available to students in the MNR program.

Course program & case study project | Example project presentations

Course program

Interactive Advisor*
Course catalog
Class schedule

Case study project - typically in your final semester

Consult with your advisor to enroll in NR 599 (2 credits)
Consult with your advisor on possible projects
Submit a two page mini-proposal to your advisor for approval
Oral presentation of your case study as part of the final defense
Example project presentations

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MNR curriculum for the Integrated Natural Resources specialty:
Courses for the four integrated program categories
Consult the UI class schedule online for the latest course information
Ecology & Management
Human Dimensions
Policy, Planning & LawOnline courses:
Tools & Technology

Complete online curriculum the MNR program
Five credits minimum per program category
You may select any courses within a particular program category to meet the minimum five-credit requirement. However, we highly recommend that you vary your course selection for a good balance of topics within a program category.

Key program phases

Your graduate advisor will review the following key program phases with you. We highly recommend that you consult with your advisor via telephone and a video conferencing system on a regular basis.

  1. Orientation | Interactive Advisor*
  2. Study plan of courses
  3. Case study project: Example project presentations
  4. Final presentation and the defense: Presentation template

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