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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Resource Administration and Management (RAM)


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This program is offered in Durham.


Degree Offered: M.S.

The Department of Natural Resources and the Environment coordinates the interdisciplinary master of science degree program in resource administration and management. Students may specialize in management of publicly and privately owned natural resources or in administration of natural resource laws and policies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have completed either an undergraduate degree in the field in which they plan to specialize or show adequate preparation in the basic support courses of the field. A minimum of one course in each of the areas of ecology or natural resources, intermediate microeconomics, and introductory statistics is required. Persons having professional experience in resource administration, management, or related areas receive priority for admittance to the program. An applicant is required to submit an essay of up to 2,000 words describing his or her background and goals.

Applicants with good undergraduate records who lack a background in a particular field may be admitted to a program, provided they are prepared to correct the deficiencies. Applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

M.S. Degree Requirements

The master of science degree in resource administration and management is conferred upon successful completion of a program amounting to not less than 34 credits, including the following course requirements or equivalent: 

NR 903, Approach to Research
Quantitative methods or analytical techniques
RAM 911, Natural and Environmental Resource Management
An advanced course in environmental policy
RAM 898, Directed Research, 4-6 cr. or 
     RAM 899, Thesis, 6-10 cr.
Final oral and/or written examination