Administered by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Students in this option focus on management of natural resources outside the US, typically emphasizing natural resource and environmental issues in developing tropical countries. In consultation with the advisory committee, each student builds a concentration by selecting a set of courses related to a chosen focus area, emphasizing either “science and technology” or “policy and economics.” The focus area could be a geographic (e.g., South East Asia) or biogeographic (e.g., Tropical Dry Forests) region; a policy issue (e.g., carbon credits for reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, sustainable tourism certification); a planning problem (e.g., developing community-based ecotourism); a management technique (e.g., agroforestry, frameworks for evaluating effectiveness of protected area management); or a discipline (e.g., political economy, restoration ecology). In addition, students are required to have substantial international experience as part of their degree program. This usually means writing the masters paper or thesis on an international topic. Subject to committee approval, this requirement can also be met through a study abroad program or other international experience.
Graduates pursue careers with non-profit organizations and consulting firms that focus on environmental issues in developing countries, companies that invest internationally in natural resources, and government agencies with international programs. Graduates can also bring their international experience and knowledge to bear on natural resource issues in the US through positions with state and local government. Several MS graduates of the program are now pursuing PhDs in various fields, including geography and applied economics.
Master of Natural Resources Core Curriculum
Technical Option Core Curriculum
FOR 603 Seminar in Forest Research (1 credit hour) – students are strongly encouraged to take this course in their first or second semester in the program.
Additional Courses/ Requirements
Three hours of NR 695 Master’s Thesis Research or NR 693 Master’s Supervised Research are required. MS students may take an additional three hours of NR 695. MNR students are required to take 9 hours of elective course work (in addition to the required courses), as planned with and approved by their advisory committees.
Students are required to have substantial international experience as part of their degree program. This usually means writing the masters paper or thesis on an international topic. Subject to committee approval, this requirement can also be met through a study abroad program or other international experience.
Students who do not have a background in natural resources or a related field may be required to take up to 12 credit hours of undergraduate course work that cannot be counted towards the MNR degree program.
Technical Option Electives
Students choose between two tracks in the international option: (a) science and technology or (b) policy and economics. Students take at least nine credit hours (normally three courses) in their chosen track. In the other track, students take four credit hours, normally consisting of either one lab course, or one full course and one mini-course in a related skill area. Approved courses in the two tracks are listed below; other courses may be approved by the student’s committee.
Please note that most students take courses that do not appear on the lists below; there are too many courses to list here, and new or one-time courses are often relevant to programs of study. Students may take courses at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Duke University at the NC State tuition rate. Students may also take up to six credit hours of 400 level courses in other departments at NC State.
Students who choose the policy and economics track should take at least one methodology course (qualitative or quantitative, e.g., survey methods (ST715), operations research (OR501), econometrics (ECG561), statistics (ST505, ST708), anthropology (ANT516 or ANT550), sociology (SOC707)).
Students who choose the science and technology track may be required by their committee to take electives that supplement the core 9 hours in this track.
Pre-approved courses in science and technology:
Pre-approved courses in policy and economics:
ANT 595 – Wealth, Poverty and International Aid
ARE 590 – Environmental Economics in Developing Countries
PRT 555 – Environmental Impacts of Recreation and Tourism
Total Credit Hours
30 hours for MS
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