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 or off-cycle admission!  (Each cohort capacity is limited to 20 students.  Please note that many scholarship deadlines occur on or before May 1).

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. 

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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.

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.