University of Northern British Columbia - Office of Graduate Programs

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Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MNRES)

University of Northern British Columbia - Office of Graduate Programs

Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Environmental Studies
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Thesis Based:Yes
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,353
Careers:Environmental Impact AnalystsNatural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers


The Master of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MNRES) is designed to integrate the complementary aspects of resource and environmental issues. It focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to melding traditional science with social science perspectives, and resource planning and management. This degree is designed to attract students from a diverse range of backgrounds and aspirations, who share an interest in looking beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The MNRES degree is one Master's degree route within the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Graduate Program (the others are a MA and a MSc). The MNRES is the only one of the three that fully embraces the interdisciplinary philosophy of the NRES Graduate Program. There are three factors that determine whether a student pursues the MNRES degree: 1) student's background; 2) elective courses undertaken at UNBC and 3) thesis topic. Depending on individualized learning objectives, the MNRES degree allows flexibility in choosing a research emphasis in the social, planned, or natural environments from an interdisciplinary perspective.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    A four-year Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from a recognized institution, with a Cumulative GPA equivalent to at least 3.00 (B) at UNBC. Acceptance to the MNRES program will be contingent upon the prospective student finding a member of the faculty to serve as her / his supervisor.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    Applicants must also provide a completed Teaching Assistantship Application and a completed Funding Worksheet. Both forms are included with the application material for this program. Normally, at least two of the three letters of recommendation, exclusive of any letter provided by an intended supervisor, must be from individuals who are able to comment on the applicant's academic and research potential.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on October 19, 2022