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Program Summary & Schedule

  • Timeline: 14 months
  • Orientation Session
  • New students begin the program each January
  • Classes meet one weekend each month (e.g., Friday afternoon and Saturday)
  • International Residency (10 days)
  • Capstone Directed Study Projects

Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program is an accelerated, 14-month graduate degree for full-time working professionals with significant prior work experience. Students represent a wide range of organizations in the public and private sectors throughout the Washington, DC region and beyond. Immediate program outcomes include organizational and policy changes while long-term outcomes include personal and cultural transformation.

In January of each year, a new cohort of 20-30 students starts the program and begins a rigorous process of peer-to-peer experiential learning and collaborative problem-solving. By focusing on the needs of their own organizations and the needs of others, students gain a robust understanding of the opportunities to address a broad range of sustainability challenges in local communities and throughout global society. During the program, students work individually and in interdisciplinary teams to develop strategies for real-world challenges. Major elements of the XMNR program include an orientation session; series of core courses, learning modules, and skill development seminars; international residency project and study tour; and, capstone directed study projects.

All aspects of the curriculum emphasize the development of advanced leadership, management, and administrative skills for achieving local, regional, and global sustainability goals. Students graduate with competencies in leading people, leading change, business and political acumen, and demonstrated results for their respective employer. The program emphasizes a broad range of leadership skills and executive core qualifications identified by public and private sector employers, including interpersonal and organizational communication; financial, information and technology management; program evaluation and policymaking; marketing and public relations; partnerships, team building and conflict resolution; entrepreneurship, innovation and resilience.