Master in Urban Environmental Management (UEM)


Program Description

Master in Urban Environmental Management (UEM)

UEM responds to the need to examine the urban environment and housing problems from the management and planning perspectives to promote sustainable urban development. The UEM develops the capabilities and skills to confront deteriorating environmental conditions that threaten urban productivity, quality of life of urban residents and social cohesion of urban communities.

The UEM promotes sustainable development by drawing on and integrating theories and perspectives from the established disciplines of urban planning; urban and regional development; economic development; and public policy and management into a distinctive framework of problems, issues and questions concerning the urban environment in a developing country/city context.

The field deals with environmental problems such as poor urban housing, poor water supply and sanitation, inadequate solid waste and wastewater management, vulnerability and adaptation to disaster and climate change risks, land use conflicts and deteriorating environmental quality in the home, workplace, neighborhood, city, and region.

Coursework and Research areas

The curriculum offered by the UEM program includes courses in:

  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Legislation
  • Environmental Science and Technology for Decision Making
  • Gender Analysis for Urban Environmental Management
  • Management of Urban Housing, Infrastructure and Services
  • System Analysis and Quantitative Methods
  • Urban Environmental Research
  • Urban Environmental Management System
  • Urban Planning Environmental Design
  • Urbanization and Environmental Policy
  • Assessment and Implementation of Development Projects
  • Disaster Management in Urban Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Auditing
  • Environmental Conflict Resolution and Meditation
  • Governance and Urban Management
  • Assessment and Implementation of Development Projects
  • Urban Economics and Finance
  • Urban Environmental Planning and Management Workshop

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