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MNRM Professional Degree

The Program

The Master of Natural Resources Management (MNRM) degree program at North Dakota State University was initiated in 2010. The MNRM is designed as a professional, non-thesis degree program specifically designed for students holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management or a closely related field who are seeking an educational opportunity for advanced coursework culminating in a professional terminal degree. This graduate degree program enables students to expand their existing base of knowledge by engaging in an approved curriculum of coursework (32 graduate units) encompassing the interdisciplinary format of Natural Resources Management and a culminating professional oral presentation evaluated by the student’s graduate committee. This degree program is designed to serve recently graduated individuals seeking an advanced degree comprised of graduate coursework, as well as individuals who have several years of work experience in the field of natural resources and who are seeking to expand their educational base and advance their professional status. The MNRM is considered a terminal degree. 



The MNRM degree is also designed for individuals without a background in natural resources, who are interested in changing to a new career working with environmental issues. Or, for individuals primarily concerned with obtaining a terminal/professional degree, but who are not interested in pursuing a research thesis option. Or, for a professional working in the natural resources management profession seeking to increase his/her career options enabling him/her to pursue an upper level management or administrative position. 

Through the MNRM program, students gain advanced graduate level coursework in relevant planning, analysis, communication, and management in diverse natural resource areas. This interdisciplinary coursework approach makes the MNRM unique among master’s degree programs. While traditional structuring of graduate degree curricula is highly specialized and focuses on disciplinary compartmentalization, the MNRM degree garners a broad management oriented, systems-based perspective. 

MNRM graduates are prepared to compete for and be productive in jobs where issues reach beyond a single discipline or subject area. Our graduates have the skills necessary to address problems from holistic-ecological and global-social perspectives. The MNRM interdisciplinary approach prepares students for current and impending natural environmental challenges of the 21st century. 

The MNRM degree is also designed for individuals without a background in natural resources, who are interested in changing to a new career working with environmental issues. Or, for individuals primarily concerned with obtaining a terminal/professional degree, but who are not interested in pursuing a research thesis option. Or, for a professional working in the natural resources management profession seeking to increase his/her career options enabling him/her to pursue an upper level management or administrative position. 

Through the MNRM program, students gain advanced graduate level coursework in relevant planning, analysis, communication, and management in diverse natural resource areas. This interdisciplinary coursework approach makes the MNRM unique among master’s degree programs. While traditional structuring of graduate degree curricula is highly specialized and focuses on disciplinary compartmentalization, the MNRM degree garners a broad management oriented, systems-based perspective. 

MNRM graduates are prepared to compete for and be productive in jobs where issues reach beyond a single discipline or subject area. Our graduates have the skills necessary to address problems from holistic-ecological and global-social perspectives. The MNRM interdisciplinary approach prepares students for current and impending natural environmental challenges of the 21st century. 

Program Goal

The goal of the MNRM degree program is to produce graduates who…

  • have successfully acquired an extensive portfolio of coursework relating to areas that are highly relevant to understanding the complexity of ecosystem processes, ecosystem management, applied natural resources economics, social aspects, communication impacts, and future research on natural resources management. 
  • …are able to work on problems that require assimilation of data, methods, and strategies from many supporting disciplines. Problem recognition, definition, analysis, and resolution are the ultimate objectives. 
  • …are willing and able to engage in compromise solutions to interdisciplinary environmental problems; professionals who can engage with and be respected by decision-makers at all levels of private, public and civil society. 
  • …have a broad based and well rounded education that will enhance their employment opportunities in a marketplace where the need for the ecologically feasible, economically sound, and ethical resolution of natural resources management problems is steadily increasing. 


MNRM Fact Sheet
MNRM Professional Degree Brochure

Visit the NDSU Graduate School website for more information on application procedures.


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For more information on Natural Resources Management
at North Dakota State University, contact:
Shawn DeKeyser, Ph.D.
Program Leader - Natural Resources Management Interdiscliplinary Program
307A Morrill Hall
701.231.8180
Shawn DeKeyser

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:51:11 PM