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Online Master of Natural Resources Degree

The College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment comprehensive online Master of Natural Resources (MNR) degree is an interdisciplinary course-based non-thesis graduate program designed for current and aspiring professionals who wish to enhance their educational credentials through distance learning and increase their knowledge and skills to develop workable solutions for complex challenges affecting the regulation and management of natural resources and implementation of environmental policy.

This 30-credit hour professional degree is manageable to students of diverse academic backgrounds and busy work schedules and allows for the student to tailor the degree to their career interests and goals, including management positions in natural resource-focused government and nonprofit agencies. Our diverse curriculum trains students with the latest technologies and theories to hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills applicable to current industry and specific issues within the field of natural resource management.

The MNR graduate program can be customized with a broad spectrum of courses to balance economic, health and environmental interests, including a combination with one or more of the online certificate programs in Restoration Ecology, Forest Finance and Investment or One Health. The non-thesis MNR degree is also convenient and flexible, allowing students to complete their degree entirely online or through a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Our exceptional faculty and graduate student services personnel guide students through the admissions process and curriculum to assure ease of credit transfer, admissions, and the successful and timely completion of courses to earn a properly accredited online natural resources degree.

Application Requirements

  • Request information about our online programs
  • Before applying, please contact to discuss your area of interest
  • Apply easily online at
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • 2.75 GPA – exceptions considered with sufficient reasoning
  • Resume and three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent


To participate in the Online Master of Natural Resource program, students must apply to the Auburn University Graduate School.   Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.

Entrance to the program and AU Graduate School requires a 2.75 GPA.  However, exceptions can be made if sufficient justification for the exception is provided to the CFWE Graduate Program Office.

Applicants are required to submit the online application to be admitted as a non-degree student, pay the online application fee ($60 or $70 domestic vs. international respectively) and submit transcripts for the highest degree they currently hold.  International applicants must also submit an English proficiency score.

Students may enroll three times per year to begin their coursework in the spring, summer or fall semesters. All application materials must be received no later than 45 days before the first day of class of the semester. For deadlines and other details, visit

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The Online Master of Natural Resource program requires 30 credit hours at $546 per credit hour. Tuition costs are subject to change depending on the chosen curriculum.


Need help getting started?

For guidance regarding curriculum choices, admissions policies and deadlines, please contact Dr. Jessica Daniel at or (334) 844-1077 or submit a request for information about our online programs.

Now Accepting Applications

Through distance education and online learning, our expert faculty prepare students to address complex natural resources-related topics and issues that are highly impactful to our society and environment. Our curriculum is convenient and flexible for students of diverse academic backgrounds who wish to advance professionally.

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Quick Facts

  • Non-thesis (no research, courses only)
  • Convenient, online courses available
  • Only 30 credit hours required
  • Learn from expert faculty
  • No GRE required
  • Enrollment open spring, summer and fall!

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