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    • Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
    • Faculty of Graduate Studies

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    • Master of Natural Resources Management

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    Expected duration

    • 2 years

  • A truly interdisciplinary program

    The Master of Natural Resources Management program is interdisciplinary and has thesis and course-based requirements. A broad, varied education is important in ensuring that graduates are prepared to make responsible, respectful and informed natural resources management decisions.

    Students can take courses in a wide variety of areas, such as:

    • Ecology
    • Human dimensions of natural resources management
    • Conservation biology
    • Quantitative or qualitative analyses
    • Law
    • Economic dimensions of natural resources management, policy, environmental impact assessments, and more.
  • A scenic view of Lake Winnipeg.

Program details

Expected duration: 2 years

Tuition and fees: Two years tuition, then continuing fees in subsequent years (refer to Graduate tuition and fees)

Students in the master’s program follow an individual Study Plan which includes:

  1. 12 credit hours of required courses
  2. A minimum of 15 credit hours of elective courses
  3. A master’s thesis or practicum


The thesis component is an independent written research document resulting from an interdisciplinary research project, which addresses a practical problem or issue in natural resources and environmental management.

Faculty advisor

All students have a specific faculty advisor throughout their academic program. Students usually select an advisor prior to applying for the program, but may be assigned an advisor during the application process. Faculty advisors act as program consultants for the student’s individual area of study and facilitate development of the Study Plan.

Study Plan

The Study Plan is prepared and developed by each student in consultation with a faculty advisor. The objectives of the plan are:

  1. To define a research direction; and
  2. To organize the student’s course work in the framework for integration and synthesis of interdisciplinary knowledge.

Sample course offerings

  • NRI 7120: Mineral Resources Management and Policy
  • NRI 7130: Energy Resources Management and Policy
  • NRI 7180: Sustainable Development and Natural Resources 
  • NRI 7182: Sustainability, Economics, and Natural Resources
  • NRI 7190: Natural Resources Administration and Law
  • NRI 7222: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
  • NR 7232: Ecological Dimensions of Resource and Environmental Management
  • NR 7262: Master's Thesis Research Seminar
  • NRI 7280: Regional Development in Northern Manitoba
  • NRI 7290: Environmental Impact Assessment
  • NRI 7302: Conservation Biology and Biodiversity Management

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Master of Natural Resources Management program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

To qualify for admission to the Master of Natural Resource Management, you must have a minimum of:

  • a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a recognized university,
  • with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of study.

In addition to the admission requirements described here, all applicants must meet the minimum admission and English language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

How to apply

The Master of Natural Resource Management program has only one application deadline per year, and applications are accepted for September entry only. Applications must be completed online and include several parts:

  • $100 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Transcripts from previous institutions
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of intent
  • Publication/writing sample
  • Three letters of recommendation

Statement of intent

The statement of intent should be between one and two pages and will briefly describe your intended research project, including your previous research or experience, the proposed topic, preferred methods and potential contributions.

Letters written in the format of a research proposal are strongly preferred. Applicants are encouraged to consult the graduate scholarship application instructions of their appropriate Tricouncil Agency (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR) for guidance.

Finding an advisor

We encourage you to contact a potential thesis advisor before submitting an application to ensure that there are openings for new graduate students on specific research projects and funding available for research support. Students who have contacted a prospective supervisor and who have received an encouraging response increase their chances of a successful application.

Application deadlines

Canadian and US applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2021 June 1, 2021 Apply for Fall 2021 (Canada/US)
Fall 2022 June 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (Canada/US)

International applicants

Term Application deadlines Apply
Fall 2022 February 1, 2022 Apply for Fall 2022 (International)

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

Learn more

Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Room 500 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9377
Fax: 204-474-7553

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program Inquiries

Celia Mellinger
Graduate Program and Alumni Coordinator
Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Room 440 Wallace Building
125 Dysart Rd
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6

University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

Phone: 204-474-6183