Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship

The MTRES program admits a new cohort every other year.  Students have the option to begin the program off-cycle which is designed primarily for students to begin taking elective credit requirements during the first year. 

Apply online for the Fall 2022 Cohort!  (Each cohort capacity is limited to 20 students). 

Entirely online course delivery including five weekends each semester provides interaction with experts in each area of the curriculum including faculty, staff, special guests, and students.

The Master of Tribal Resource & Environmental Stewardship (MTRES) is an applied degree designed to meet the professional and leadership needs of tribal natural resources and environmental programs. The curriculum is based upon the interrelationship of biological, physical, and cultural systems. Required courses address program operations, sustainability, and integrated ecosystems studies. Elective courses and the capstone project provide opportunities for personalized areas of focus.


Admission Requirements:  Bachelor's degree (preferred minimum GPA of 3.0).  The application for admission will include:  unofficial transcripts or academic records, two letters of recommendation, and a personal statement (300 words) must be uploaded directly to the online application.  The personal statement should include what you hope to get out of the program and accomplish in tribal resource and environmental stewardship. 

Scholarships
The University of Minnesota Duluth announces the establishment of the Wells Fargo Tribal Resource and Environmental  Stewardship Scholarship which will award five students in Cohort 3 of the Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship (MTRES) program $5,000 each ($2,500 per year).  This scholarship is for MTRES Cohort 3 students. You must be admitted to MTRES prior to applying for this scholarship. Eligible applicants must be one of the following: an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe; eligible for enrollment in a federally recognized tribe; recognized as a descendant of a federally recognized tribe; identified as American Indian by the Indian Education Act; or identified as Canadian Indian by the Indian Act RSC 1985, CI-5.

To fill out the scholarship application, respondents need to be signed in to a Google Account. Deadline to apply: May 2, 2022.  If all of your documents are not submitted by May 2 at 11:59 pm, your application will not be eligible for review.   Awardees will be selected and notified on or before June 15, 2022.

Additional scholarship opportunities are available.

Learn more about this program from University Catalogs.

Visit the MTRES program brochure.

The program consists of 36 credits and was designed by Indian tribes.

  • Indigenous Peoples and Environmental Sustainability;
  • Principles of Tribal Sovereignty I ⅈ
  • Tribal Natural Resource Program Management I & II;
  • Foundations of Indigenous Environmental Systems and Worldviews (Bioregionalism);
  • Integrated Ecosystems Stewardship I & II;
  • Tribal Natural Resource Economics;
  • Directed Project Seminar;
  • Tribal Natural Resource Stewardship Directed Project.
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Master in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship Program Learning Outcomes:

Through this program, students will develop the capacity to successfully...
  • demonstrate fundamental skills for tribal natural resource program management.
  • demonstrate applicable knowledge regarding place- and community-specific contexts for natural resource stewardship.
  • explain and analyze the legal, cultural, and political contours of tribal sovereignty.
  • demonstrate applicable knowledge regarding the biological, chemical, and physical processes vital to effective natural resource stewardship.
  • explain and analyze the economic contours of tribal natural resource stewardship.
  • apply methodological, research, and communication skills regarding key issues in tribal natural resource stewardship.