Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management
The Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management or MENRM Program is designed to give professionals in environment-related activities a solid foundation in the art and science of environment and natural resources management.
The MENRM Program is a single, completely ladderized post-baccalaureate degree program. All students will apply for admission into the MENRM Program and will be regarded as Master’s students while enrolled or in residence.
Students will have the option to earn the Diploma degree if they exit the program after completing 24 units of specified courses. The Master’s degree will be awarded to a student who completes 36 units of specified courses with a general weighted average of 2.0 or better.
Students will select from two program tracks, either the Upland Resources Management (URM) Track or the Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Track, upon completion of two core courses. Those who will graduate with the Diploma degree will also have the advantage of specializing in one of the two program tracks.
Students can choose between the Diploma degree or the Master’s degree depending on their career goals:
- Those who want to become highly competent practitioners can aim for the Diploma degree.
- Those who, in addition to becoming highly competent practitioners, also want to contribute to the advancement of the environment and natural resources management field as researchers, can aim for the Master’s degree.
The program aims to:
- Equip students with a multidisciplinary perspective in dealing with environmental issues by providing solid grounding in both natural sciences and social sciences as these apply to environmental management.
- Enable students to become highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners in either upland or coastal resources management.
- Equip students with research skills that will allow them to contribute to the advancement of either upland or coastal resources management.
The requirement for admission into the MENRM Program, and the DENRM, will be a baccalaureate degree in any field.
An application form must be duly accomplished and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar, together with the following documents:
- Original copy of the official transcript of academic records stating degree obtained, date of graduation;
- Two letters of reference from former professors or supervisors, using UPOU standard format; and
- Official receipt of the application fee paid at any Philippine National Bank (PNB) branch.
Applicants are screened by the Program Admission Committee constituted by the FMDS Dean.
Mode of Instruction
Courses are delivered on a semestral basis using various technologies where appropriate. The virtual classrooms run in MyPortal, the learning management system of the UPOU. This is where class announcements are made, course materials uploaded, discussions held and assignments uploaded.
The MENRM program requires 36 units of courses comprising 6 units of core courses, 12 units of major courses, 9 units of elective courses, 6 units of research courses and 3 unit Special Problem.
Program of Study
At the end of the first semester of the first year of study, the student will need to choose whether to pursue the Upland Resources Management Track or Coastal Resources Management Track. The second semester subjects will depend on the student’s chosen track. This should be done prior to the online registration for the second semester.
NOTE: Students can exit the MENRM program and earn the Diploma degree (DENRM) if they have completed the 24 units of courses (which comprises 6 units of core courses, 12 units of major courses, and 6 units of elective courses).
The student applies for comprehensive examination after completing satisfactorily 30 units of course work with a General Weighted Average or GWA of 2.0 or better. Also, students must take and pass the comprehensive examination before enrolling in ENRM 290 Special Problem.
A comprehensive committee of three members shall be constituted by the Dean of Faculty Office, (e.g. FMDS) upon the recommendation of the Program Chair.
To qualify for the comprehensive examination, a student must have obtained a GWA of 2.0 or better. Application for comprehensive examination shall be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar at least two months prior to the date of examination. The application shall be recommended by the Program Chair and noted by the Dean of the Faculty Office to whom the program belongs.
The written comprehensive examination shall test the student’s mastery of all courses taken, which are integrated into two major areas: (1) core and (2) major courses. Details of the examination shall be left to the discretion of the comprehensive committee.
A consensus based on the standards set by the committee is required to pass the comprehensive examination.
Only one re-examination may be allowed within a year approved by the committee but not later than one year after the first examination. Failure to pass shall bar the student from earning the master’s degree.
- The special problem must be a worthwhile contribution to the management of the environment or natural resources and the methods are on the analytical type of research, whether quantitative or qualitative.
- A presentation of the special problem will be scheduled at the end of the semester in which faculty members are invited to attend the presentation.
- The special problem shall have an equivalent of three units of graduate credit and shall have a numerical grade.
- A copy of the special problem in a cd format shall be submitted to the Faculty Office.
Exit to DENRM
Students can exit the MENRM program and earn the Diploma degree (DENRM) if they have completed the 24 units of courses (which is comprised of 6 units of core courses, 12 units of major courses, and 6 units of elective courses)
Re-entry of DENRM graduates to the MENRM program
A DENRM graduate may seek re-admission to the MENRM program. Courses completed for the DENRM may be credited to the MENRM as follows:
- Up to 24 units if re-admitted within three years from graduation.
- Up to 9 units if re-admitted after three years but within five years from graduation.
For the Master’s degree, a general weighted average of 2.0 or better is required for graduation.
For admission related details, please visit UPOU website.