Policy and Administration

Administered by the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

The Policy and Administration Option develops knowledge and skills about policy processes and sciences, public and private organizations, natural resource law and policy, public governance and involvement, and their applications to natural resource management and conservation.

Job Opportunities

Persons graduating from this discipline have obtained employment with state and federal natural resource agencies, environmental consulting firms, nongovernment conservation organizations, international development organizations, forestry management organizations, local, county, and state planning agencies, sustainable farms, private firms, and other organizations.

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Prerequisites

A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree is the only prerequisite required.

Master of Natural Resources Core Curriculum (required)

Course Description Credit Hours
NR 500 Natural Resource Management 3
NR 571 Current Issues in Natural Resource Policy 3
ST 5** A graduate level statistics course 3
NR 601 NR Graduate Seminar (or equivalent seminar course) 1
FOR 603 Research Methods
1
Total Credit Hours 11

 

Technical Option Core Curriculum

Students are required to take 9 credits in public administration, environmental law, or policy. Courses may be taken from the list below, or others may used as substitutes with approval of the advising committee.

 

Course Description Credit Hours
NCSU
PA 507 The Public Policy Process
3
PA 509 Applied Political Economy
3
PA 511 Public Policy Analysis
3
PA 513 Public Organizational Behavior
3
PA 514 Management Systems
3
PA 515 Research Methods and Analysis
3
PA 525 Organizational Development and Change Management
3
PA 546 Seminar in Program Evaluation
3
PA 550 Environmental Policy 3
PA 553 Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management and Policy
3
PS 536 Global Environmental Law and Policy 3
PS 539 International Politics and Economy
3
ECG 515 Environmental and Resource Policy
3
FOR 784 Practice of Environmental Impact Assessment
3
FOR 509 Forest Policy
1
COM 598O Seminar in Environmental Communication
3
NR 560 Natural Resource Management and Policy
3
NR 595 Protected Species Conservation
3

DUKE

LAW 285 Environmental Law
3
ENV 835 Environmental Law
3
ENV 274 Natural Resource and Environmental Policy
3
ENV 826 Global Environmental Politics and Policy
3
ENV 557 Social Science Surveys for Environmental Management
3
UNC
PLAN 301 Design of Policy Research
3
LAW 241/261 Environmental Law
3
LAW 262 Environmental & Coastal Law
3
PLAN 240 Land Use / Environmental Policy
3
PLCY 480 Environmental Decision Making
3
Total Credit Hours 9

 

Additional Courses/Requirements

  • 10 additional credits of selected courses are required as selected in cooperation with the student’s advisor and advisory committee, which may include:
  • NR 695 Master’s Thesis Research or
    NR 693 Master’s Supervised Research (up to 6 credit hours)

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, but this is seldom required.

Total Credit Hours:  30 Credit Hours

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Links / Additional Information

Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources Prospective Graduate Students website.