Details at a Glance
Serving students since 2010, the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability is housed within Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Virginia Tech’s educational capabilities are globally respected, and students are ensured a quality educational experience with our fully accredited university.
The Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree is designed for working professionals aiming to advance their careers or shift to leadership roles in the environmental and sustainability fields or functions.
Our interdisciplinary graduate education programs equip current and aspiring environmental and sustainability professionals with the competencies, connections, and confidence to become more effective leaders, now and in the future.
Subjects of Study:
Climate Change and Resiliency
Food and Agriculture
Water and Watersheds
Poverty and Development
Urbanization and Sustainable Cities
Circular Economy and Sustainable Business
Market and Governance Transformations
Global Flows and Supply Chains
Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Delivered through two flexible programs—Executive (in-person/online hybrid) and Online—our innovative instruction allows you to immediately apply what you learn to real-world challenges.
Diverse undergrad majors welcomed
Graduate in as few as 12 months
30-credit, non-thesis degree
10-day overseas Global Study
No GRE required
Environmental science background is not required
Admission decisions are based on both academic and professional experience
No additional cost for out-of-state or international students
Executive program meets one weekend a month in the Washington, D.C. metro area
A graduate degree from a widely respected and fully accredited university like Virginia Tech can lead to new rewarding career opportunities, whether you are looking to step up or pivot. To help chart career trajectories, all of our students receive personalized career coaching.
Most students opt for the Federal Stafford Loans to cover the costs of attending the program. Contact Emily Talley, our academic advisor, at email@example.com to discuss further.
We encourage our applicants to involve their employer’s management and human resources decision-makers early on in the application process. This allows employers to understand an applicant’s motivation for pursuing the MNR degree and appreciate the benefits of having their employees participate in the program.
Executive MNR admissions are processed on a rolling basis. The application process takes approximately two to three weeks. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, as annual cohorts have only a limited number of students and tend to fill up quickly.
Executive MNR Early Admission Scholarships:
$2,000 for qualified applications submitted by May 1
$1,000 for qualified applications submitted by August 1
Online MNR program accepts applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms. Deadlines are as follows, but we encourage students to apply as early as possible once they have made their decision:
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1
What Our Students Say
“In the program, my cohort was so diverse, both in backgrounds and geographies, that I learned a lot about where people are coming from and what they have at stake. The range of issues we covered in the courses showed me that sustainability can be applied everywhere.”KARLEE SIEPIERSKI, Master of Natural Resources ‘16
“I was looking to move my career from a mid-level government employee to an executive position. A year and a half after graduating, I am now the executive director of a non-profit.”KATE FRITZ, Master of Natural Resources ‘12
“They're really teaching you the skills you need to be a leader in your field and to understand decisions that other leaders are making.”VIRGINIA FOSTER, Master of Natural Resources ‘13
“In the program, my cohort was so diverse, both in backgrounds and geographies, that I learned a lot about where people are coming from and what they have at stake. The range of issues we covered in the courses showed me that sustainability can be applied everywhere.”
“I was looking to move my career from a mid-level government employee to an executive position. A year and a half after graduating, I am now the executive director of a non-profit.”
“They're really teaching you the skills you need to be a leader in your field and to understand decisions that other leaders are making.”