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Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship M.T.R.E.S.

Program Type: 
Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship
American Indian Studies
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Interested in working to sustain tribal land, air and water? The Master of Tribal Resource & Environmental Stewardship (MTRES) is an applied degree for current or future tribal leaders. Your courses in MTRES will give you an overview of the environment from an indigenous perspective.

The MTRES program was designed in consultation with regional tribes, with the needs of tribal natural resource managers in mind. MTRES will prepare you for leadership in program operations, sustainability and integrated ecosystems stewardship.

Hybrid course delivery, including several face-to-face meetings each semester, provides interaction with experts in each area of the curriculum including faculty, staff, special guests, and students.

Acquired Skills

  • 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. 

Faculty Highlights


Application 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
  • Personal statement (300 words) that should include what you hope to get out of the program and accomplish in tribal resource and environmental stewardship. 

All materials must be uploaded directly to the online application.  

Learn more about this program from University Catalogs.

In addition to the general application instructions provided by the Graduate School, visit the MTRES program page for specific application instructions and deadlines related to the program. Also visit the catalog requirements page linked above for additional information.

Graduate Report

Recent UMD Graduates Job Placement Data & Employers

Here's a sampling of positions Tribal Resource & Environmental Stewardship grads have attained six months to one year after graduation.

Will have data Summer 2021.