Master in Natural Resources Management (NRM)


Program Description

Master in Natural Resources Management (NRM)

Natural resources are the basis of livelihoods and economies of every nation in Asia. Given the rich cultural, social, political, and biophysical diversity across Asia, the professionals working in natural resources management need a strong working knowledge of several interrelated sciences.Through teaching, research and outreach activities, the NRM of SERD at AIT seek to develop professionals who can contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of terrestrial and coastal resources and ecosystems. We provide education and research opportunities leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in NRM. The complex nature of NRM issues requires a broad range of skills and techniques ranging from the social to the physical sciences.

The NRM field of study, therefore, specializes in areas as diverse as community-based natural resources management, forestation and forestry, integrated land management, biodiversity conservation, climate mitigation/adaptation, and the valuation of ecosystem services.NRM also provides training, outreach and capacity-building opportunities to a growing number of interested clients on many NRM related areas. Besides providing training, we have assisted universities in Nepal, Indonesia, Laos PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia and other countries to develop their capacity to implement academic programs on environment and NRM.

Coursework and Research areas

The curriculum offered by the NRM program includes courses in:

  • NRM Issues for Asia
  • Ecological Principles for NRM
  • Land Resources Management
  • Research Design for NRM
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Integrated Land Use Systems
  • Natural Resources Economics
  • Forestry
  • Integrated Natural Resources Planning and Policy
  • Natural Resources Degradation and Conservation
  • Geospatial Techniques for NRM
  • Society and NRM
  • Dynamic Modeling of Environmental Systems
  • IFRI Research Methodology
  • Land Use and Climate change

Career for Graduates

Graduates from the NRM work in several areas, including government service (e.g., forestry and/or environmental departments), non-government organizations, and academia. Many of the M.Sc. students also choose to pursue a Ph.D. degree either at AIT or in another institute elsewhere in the world.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the regular master's program, an applicant must:

  • hold a Bachelor degree (normally from a four-year program), or its equivalent, in an appropriate field of study from an institution of good standing acceptable to AIT.
  • have undergraduate grades significantly above average; the minimum GPA requirement for admission to the master's program is 2.75 or equivalent at the Bachelor degree level.
  • be in satisfactory physical and mental health, and have a record of good conduct.
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD) established in 1993 by amalgamating the Divisions of Agriculture and Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Human Settlements and Ene ... Read More

The School of Environment, Resources, and Development (SERD) established in 1993 by amalgamating the Divisions of Agriculture and Food Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Human Settlements and Energy Technology, is now composed of ten fields of study - Agricultural Systems and Engineering, Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management, Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology, Energy, Environmental Engineering and Management, Pulp and Paper Technology, Gender and Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Regional and Rural Development Planning and Urban Environmental Management. MISSION AIT's mission is "to develop highly qualified and committed professionals who will play a leading role in the sustainable development of the region and its integration into the global economy". AIT will serve the human resource development needs of developing countries in Asia taking into account their specific development priorities, gender issues, and social values.SERD activities and function will be within this framework, as a majority of its graduates return and participate in the development goals of their countries. Those who pursue their doctoral degrees increase their professional skills and qualifications. VISION SERD responds to regional needs by mobilizing and enhancing capacities for socially, economically and environmentally sound development in partnerships with public and private sectors. The School's interdisciplinary approach integrates technological, natural and social sciences.The School will continue its leadership role in offering excellent academic programs relevant to regional needs and responsive to students' interests. the research will be concentrated toward focal areas and are to be conducted by core teams. outreach will be community-service-oriented. will be consolidated and financially viable. The School activities including the students, staff, faculty, and curricula, will be subject to quality assessment. Read less