New CNR Graduate Programs


The College of Natural Resources is excited to announce a few new graduate-level programs. From online graduate certificates designed with working professionals in mind to a new doctoral program focused on the competitive field geospatial analytics, the College of Natural Resources is helping students pursue their passions and explore the extraordinary. Check out all of our new programs:

Military Lands Sustainability Certificate

This new distance-education graduate certificate trains professionals to manage natural resources on and around military bases to preserve natural resources and maintain military readiness. North Carolina has a significant military presence, which includes 6 major DoD/Department of Homeland Security Installations: Coast Guard Station, Elizabeth City; Fort Bragg; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point; Marine Corps Air Station New River; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune; and Seymour Johnson AFB. The certificate program is almost entirely online, with the exception of a two-week residential field course, and promotes high-quality education to deployed active duty personnel and working students who are unable to travel to campus every day. Although many students are active military personnel and veterans interested in natural resource management and/or graduate degrees, the program also provides training to career, government professionals interested in continuing education focused on military natural resource issues.

Environmental Assessment Master’s Program

Environmental assessment bridges the gap between scientific research and the use of science in decision-making, regulation, and environmental management. By understanding and evaluating the sources, fate and effects of pollutants in the environment we can develop a scientific basis for assessing risks and thus support regulatory, enforcement and remedial-action decisions. The Master of Environmental Assessment degree is intended for working professionals who seek advanced study beyond the undergraduate level but are not interested in pursuing a career in research. This online program provides students with courses in geographic information systems, environmental risk, exposure assessment, monitoring and analysis, and law and policy. The program is planning to broaden the course offerings in 2018 to include courses in water and air quality assessment, NEPA Project Impact Assessment, environmental data analysis, military land sustainability, and renewable energy assessment.

Ph.D in Geospatial Analytics

The new Ph.D. in Geospatial Analytics program will launch fall 2018 and was fully approved by the UNC-GA. The new integrative program brings together departments from across NC State to train a new generation of interdisciplinary data scientists skilled in developing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and in applying new knowledge to grand challenges. The one-of-a-kind program focuses on integrative thinking and experiential learning, including multidisciplinary advising uniting expertise from across complementary academic departments, a cross-cutting curriculum that spans core classes in solution-driven analytics and discipline-specific electives, and professional experience that enriches practical understanding through a 6- to 8-week internship with an external partner.

Sport and  Entertainment Venue Management Certificate

This new one-year online accelerated program will launch spring 2018 and is designed with industry experts to advance careers of professionals who manage stadiums, performing arts centers, amphitheaters or arenas. Highlights of the program include working with local partners at PNC arena to use their facilities, using virtual reality immersive headsets to create real-world situations and scenarios with 360-degree videos that “explore” facilities, developing a “bank” or collection of virtual tours with interactive elements of sports facilities at local, state, and national levels. Using an accelerated 8-week course format, students will complete the 4-course graduate certificate program in two semesters.