Online Master's in Sustainable Natural Resource Management

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Master's in Sustainable Natural Resource Management

M.S. in Professional Science : Sustainable Natural Resource Management

Advance your career in wildlife biology. The Unity College Master’s in Professional Science (M.S.) will give you the training and credentials you need to advance in your career path.

  • A concentration in Sustainable Natural Resource Management
  • 100% online. Sustainable Natural Resource Management students who take a full course load can complete the degree requirements in as few as 12 months!
  • World-class faculty experienced in online teaching.
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized attention. That’s something you won’t find at larger, online universities!
  • Affordable and flexible. Take the classes whenever works for you. We offer five start dates per year!
  • Unlike similar programs, no GRE is required.

This online master’s degree in Sustainable Natural Resource Management uses a transdisciplinary process for understanding and managing the natural world. Important factors impacting natural communities include climate change and habitat disruption. Understanding the management of the changing environment will be crucial to adaptation and creating sustainable management practices over the coming century.

The central distinguishing feature of the Master’s in Sustainable Natural Resource Management is its focus on understanding the environment in the context of sustainability science. Students will be expected to be highly inquisitive about the ramifications, motivations, and cost of global responses to environmental issues while exploring their own individual ideas.

Who should pursue an M.S. in Professional Science, Sustainable Natural Resource Management track?

The M.S. in Professional Science: Sustainable Natural Resource Management track, is aimed at:

  • state and federal biologists
  • recent graduates who want a career in natural resource management
  • environmental scientists who want to expand their management knowledge
  • land trust or non-profit land managers
  • professional ecologists who want an advanced degree
  • environmental science teachers who want more experience
  • environmental advocates
  • …and anyone who is interested in advancing their career in wildlife biology or management of natural resources.

Job Outcomes of the Master’s in Sustainable Natural Resource Management program

Graduates of the Master’s in Professional Science: Sustainable Natural Resource Management track, can become:

Natural Resource Manager/ Specialist

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 8%

Median Salary:



Conservation Manager

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 5%

Median Salary:




Projected 10-year growth:

 + 8%

Median Salary:



Policy Analyst

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 2.7%

Median Salary:



Wildlife Biologist

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 7.7%

Median Salary:



Research Scientist

Projected 10-year growth:

 + 27.5%

Median Salary:



M.S. in Natural Resource Management Degree requirements:

30 credits earned
3.00 minimum cumulative graduate-level grade-point average

Professional Skills Core:

PROF 505 Strategic Management of Innovation

Course Description:

The course is designed to help students understand the strategic, organizational, and human issues that can either help or hinder you (and the organizations, both private and public, you work for) in efforts to develop and implement science-based solutions to environmental and natural resource challenges. It combines the study of those principles needed to manage scientific innovation with an emphasis on how environmental innovation fits within an organization’s strategy and business model, and why they matter, and how one creates an innovative learning organization, drives change within an organization, and drives the adoption of the innovations the organization creates.

PROF 510 Communication for Environmental Professionals

Course Description: 

This course will provide students the opportunity to develop vital professional skills in oral and written communication while preparing them to communicate clearly about science, policy, and technology issues with demographically diverse and geographically dispersed audiences. Content will address mass media and public understanding of science; organizational communication issues such as structure and communication networks; rhetoric, advocacy, and strategic message development; the role of public opinion and public policy; innovation and decision making; crisis communication and conflict management; emerging communication technologies; and inter-organizational and cross-disciplinary communication.


PROF 515 Ethical Practice and Policy

Course Description: 

This course will investigate some of the ethical dimensions of a life in professional science, examining dimensions of environmental and natural resource science and policy in the context of globalization, global change, and climate change. Students critically evaluate the ethical dimensions of common scientific practice and policy issues related to sustainability and natural resources.

Environmental Science and Sustainability Core

SUST 510 Climate Dynamics

Course Description:

Climate change is the defining environmental issue of the 21 st century. Sustainability scientists and natural resource managers should be able to follow the emerging science and communicate it to a wide variety of audiences. This course begins with the science of climate and climate change and the anthropogenic contributions to that change. The course then examines the technical and economic challenges society faces with regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and strategies to increase the resilience of natural and human communities. Throughout the course, we will examine the historical and emerging responses to aspects of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

SNRM 505 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Course Description:

This course considers the human dimensions aspects of natural resource management.  Topics include approaches to stakeholder involvement in management, conflict resolution, and decision-making approaches through case studies and human-dimensions research. Students learn principles that are needed to find science-based and socially acceptable solutions to natural resource management problems.

SNRM 510 Landscape Ecology

Course Description:

Landscape ecology focuses on the relationships between scale, spatial pattern, and ecological processes. Emphasis will be placed on landscape perspectives and practices as they relate to the management and conservation of populations and communities. This course will explore the importance of scale in assessing pattern and process and how landscape structure is characterized. We will examine the abiotic and biotic drivers of landscape patterns including land-use legacies and disturbance regimes. Other topics to be addressed include how populations and communities are structured across the landscape and respond to landscape change.


SNRM 515 Conservation Ecology

Course Description:

This course presents concepts from multiple biological disciplines, including population ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, behavioral ecology, sociology, as well as sociology and policy. The discussion illustrates the value of transdisciplinary thinking in solving conservation challenges. Students practice management and conservation problem-solving by integration and application of course concepts to real-world case studies with an ecological focus.

SNRM 520 Quantitative Methods

Course Description:

This course provides managers with a basic quantitative literacy to enhance their ability to evaluate and interpret current ecological literature, and to implement management procedures that help advance understanding of the systems they manage. Topics include ecological study design, use of models in ecology, and advanced statistical approaches such as information-theoretic and Bayesian methods.

Additional requirements

PROF 590 Capstone I

Course Description:

This course guides students through the creation of a capstone project. Students from all degree tracks solve real-world problems through application of the variety of skills and knowledge acquired during their master’s experience. Students work to develop projects that demonstrate transdisciplinary thinking, analyze complex systems, and develop and communicate solutions to posed problems.

PROF 690 Capstone II

Course Description:

This course is the culminating experience of obtaining the M.S. of Professional Science degree at Unity College. Students will work to solve real-world problems through application of the variety of skills and knowledge acquired during their master’s experience. Collaborators work to demonstrate transdisciplinary thinking, analyze complex systems, and develop and communicate solutions to posed problems. Students will work with mentors to conduct research projects in their fields of interest.

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