Applied Natural Resource Economics (MS)

Don’t Just Work With Natural Resources—Manage Them

Put your interest in natural and environmental resources to work for you with Michigan Tech’s Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics. Our program is a unique blend of business, economics, forestry, and geology, plus engineering, social sciences, and technical communications. The curriculum emphasizes real-world topics like industry cost structures, environmental issues, public policy analysis, economic theory, and commodity markets.

Head for Business, Heart for Research

Start with core courses, then add the electives of your choosing—our program is diverse and customizable to your individual interests. You’ll have the opportunity to work on a wide array of innovative research projects. Active research areas—many of which emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration—include studies of:

  • Mine safety in China
  • Petroleum fiscal regimes under oil price uncertainty
  • The impact of urban sprawl on natural resources in Michigan
  • World copper demand and trade
  • Fish harvesting in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados

Our Faculty: Work With the Best

Our applied natural resource faculty are researchers, scholars, and leaders in their fields. They are incredibly active in research and professional organizations at the regional, national, and international level. Recently, members of our faculty have:

  • Served on the Committee of Earth Resources for the National Research Council
  • Presented short courses in China, Mongolia, and South Africa
  • Served on the Michigan Land Resource Project for the Michigan Economic and Environmental Roundtable
  • Been named a Fulbright Scholar in Ethiopia

Program Objectives

1. Graduates are expected to develop specialized knowledge in the economics of natural resources and the environment.

2. Graduates are expected to develop an ability to evaluate resource projects.

3. Graduates are expected to be capable of independent analysis using appropriate research tools and will be able to effectively communicate the results of this analysis in oral and written forms.

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