Natural Resource Stewardship Master of Natural Resource Stewardship (M.N.R.S.)

Hear Professor Jayne Jonas-Bratten explain how CSU's online natural resource management master's works to broaden your understanding of ecosystems, social and economic factors in decision-making, and the balance of human and natural values.

Online Master of Natural Resource Stewardship from CSU

Add your name to the legacy of graduates who have become effective managers for some of the nation's largest and most prominent natural resource management organizations, including:

  • USDA
  • Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • National Park Service
  • Other state and federal agencies

What you learn

CSU's online Master of Natural Resource Stewardship was designed for professionals seeking the necessary skills and knowledge to advance in the field of natural resources. The program provides a broad education, with the opportunity to further specialize in one of three areas:

You will finish this program as a well-rounded leader, equipped with an understanding of the interconnectedness of natural resource management systems and how that lends itself to solving real-world problems from a holistic viewpoint. The curriculum is immediately applicable to current issues within the industry, with natural resource management courses that cover topics such as:

  • Natural environmental processes and how they interact with human systems
  • Degraded landscape restoration principles
  • Natural resource management systems and how various subsystems affect one another
  • The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and how to ensure compliance

Elective credits allow you to tailor your natural resources degree to encompass a wide range of skills to suit your career path.

Where your master's degree will take you

As any environmental steward knows, our world has finite resources, but is experiencing increased demands as our population grows. Qualified natural resource planners, managers, and conservationists are needed to generate innovative solutions for managing our natural resources.

Thousands of jobs in environmental and renewable natural resource fields are expected to open in the next few years, according to the USDA, but there currently are not enough college grads to fill them. CSU's online Master of Natural Resource Stewardship prepares you for a variety of positions, including:

  • Environmental planner or coordinator
  • Stewardship coordinator
  • Environmental program manager
  • Forester
  • Range conservationist
  • Land manager
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Fire management officer
  • Soil conservationist
  • Wildland manager
  • Land steward within the non-profit sector

Prepare to meet the challenges of the future as you learn about the interaction between humans and the environment, and the complexity of natural resource management systems.

What Next?

  • Ecological Restoration

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    Find out completion requirements and curriculum specifics to see if the Master of Natural Resource Stewardship – Ecological Restoration Specialization is right for you.

  • Forest Sciences

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    Find out completion requirements and curriculum specifics to see if the Master of Natural Resource Stewardship – Forest Sciences Specialization is right for you.

  • Rangeland Ecology and Management

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    Find out completion requirements and curriculum specifics to see if the Master of Natural Resource Stewardship – Rangeland Ecology and Management Specialization is right for you.

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