We need resource managers who can bring diverse stakeholders together to solve complex environmental challenges. You will help communities prepare for climate change, protect water, direct community waste systems, manage energy and materials sustainably, and conserve landscapes. Lead vital environmental efforts to protect natural resources in sustainable ways, preserve ecological services in the face of landscape development, create landscape resilience, develop multiple sustainable uses of a natural resource, and restore degraded ecosystems.
This degree is offered by AU New England.
This 30-credit program gives students the flexibility to earn a master’s degree while continuing to work full-time. Students develop leadership skills to address multi-issue, multi-stakeholder environmental problems and learn how to manage complex natural resource issues.
RMC students learn how to build stakeholder capacity, practice effective communication strategies, and provide the leadership and management to organizations and communities facing a myriad of challenges due to difficult resource management decisions, especially within the context of a changing climate.
RMC faculty are engaged environmental scholars and practitioners who address real-world environmental problems at regional, national, and international scales. Our active applied research projects will provide you with a wide range of networking opportunities. Our cohorts reflect a diversity of cooperatively oriented learners ranging from seasoned resource managers to more recent undergraduates trained with cutting edge management tools.
Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation (30 credits)
To earn the MS degree in Resource Management & Conservation you must earn a minimum of 30 credits distributed as follows:
RMC Concentration Requirements
- Building Sustainable Organizations
- Climate Change Resilience, Adaptation and Mitigation
- Earth Systems and Climate Change
- Energy and Materials Sustainability
- Financial Administration
- Leadership for Change
- Political Economy and Sustainability
- Principles of Sustainability
- Proposal Writing and Project Management
- Master’s Project/Thesis
- Collaborative Service Initiative OR
- Professional internship
The core curriculum classes meet five weekends in the fall and spring semesters, with a 5-day intensive during the first fall term.
- Initial 5 day intensive in early fall semester (3 credits)
- 5-Weekends each fall and spring semesters (24 credits)
- Choice of additional weekly courses (9 credits of additional science courses)
- Internship and Capstone Project (6 credits)
Master of Science in Resource Management & Conservation with Professional Science Master’s Designation (42 credits)
Students in AUNE’s Environmental Studies Master’s of Science (ESMS) program or the Resource Management and Conservation MS program can choose to follow the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) study track or the non-PSM study track. The 42-credit RMC-PSM degree is open to both recent graduates as well as those with prior professional experience. It allows you to either investigate a new area of environmental theory and practice or supplement your current professional expertise. Earn a Professional Science Master’s and your M.S. in Resource Management and Conservation.
Learn more at the Professional Science Master’s website. Students on a PSM-recognized Master’s track must also meet these additional requirements within their 42-credit degree program:
Eighteen (18) credits of science and math, made up of:
- Two required Core science courses: Earth Systems and Climate Change, and Ecological Dynamics of Landscapes
- One of these two research skills courses: Qualitative and Quantitative Research Design Techniques, or Biostatistics
- Nine (9) additional credits of science and math
Combine the 42-credit track of this degree program with Peace Corps service. Through the AUNE International Service Program, you can earn credit for your service, apply what you are learning to create positive change across the world, and save thousands of dollars on your degree.
RMC graduates have secured positions in the following areas after graduating from the program:
- Nonprofit conservation and advocacy organizations at the local, national, and international level
- Government departments that manage natural resources, regulate pollution, or monitor environmental compliance
- Public agencies concerned with local and regional land use planning, or which acquire and manage open space
- Environmental consulting businesses engaged in land management and sustainable development, wetlands protection, water resource management and environmental impact assessment
- Private industry and institutions engaged in meeting regulations for environmental compliance and developing ecologically sustainable management systems
- Entrepreneurship and business start-ups
Upon completion of their Master of Science program in Resource Management and Conservation, students are able to:
- Identify and understand the scientific and social complexities within the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies including ethics, sustainability and social justice;
- Apply quantitative, spatial and qualitative research approaches to addressing science based problems;
- Critically assess scientific and economic research;
- Understand the interrelationships among, and between, public policy, science, economics and law;
- Demonstrate and apply skills in external stakeholder capacity building;
- Demonstrate and apply skills in facilitative and adaptive leadership;
- Draw on theory to inform the practice of change management at multiple organizational scales;
- Effectively manage complex projects and associated budgets and timelines;
- Understand the definition and requirements of organizational sustainability.
How to Apply
- Complete the online admissions application, including:
- Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
- Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
- Non-refundable $50 application fee
- Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
- Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
- There are additional requirements for International applicants and applicants without a Bachelor’s degree
- Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
- Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.
Official transcripts should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516
All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.
Antioch University New England processes applications for most programs on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. All application materials should be received in Admissions by the dates listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department.
Environmental Studies Master’s Programs: February 1 (Early Application Review); July 1 (All Others)
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