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Natural Resources and Environmental Management

Requirements of MEM Degree

Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) is a course-driven professional degree that requires a total of 36 credits. Students are required to declare a concentration from one of four possible concentration areas (see below). Courses include the Primary Master's Core (9 credits), research methods (3 credits), a minimum of 9 elective credits from the chosen concentration area, a minimum of 3 elective credits from each of the other three concentration areas, and a 6 credit capstone experience.

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Primary Master's Core (9 credits)

  • NREM 600 Evaluation of Natural Resources Management (3)
  • NREM 601 Economic Analysis of Natural Resource Management (3)
  • NREM 605 Research Skills (2)
  • NREM 701 Research Seminar in NREM (1)

Research Methods (3 credits)

  • Course in research methods (3); 400-level or above

MEM Concentration Areas (total 18 credits)

MEM students will select a concentration area from one of four options: (a) Geospatial Analysis & Modeling, (b) Environmental Policy & Economics, (c) Applied Terrestrial Ecology, and (d) Land & Water Resource Management. They are required to take a minimum of 9 credits from their concentration area and 3 credits from each of the other areas. Of the 18 elective credits required: (i) at least 12 credits must be NREM courses; and (ii) a maximum of 12 credits of upper-division undergraduate course credits (400-level) are allowed – however, this reduces to 9 credits if a 400-level course(s) is taken to fulfill the research methods requirement. Course substitutions will be considered via a petition by a faculty advisor to the curriculum committee.

This is an updated list for MEM concentration areas.

For additional course applicability criteria, refer to:
http://manoa.hawaii.edu/graduate/content/course-applicability.


MEM Capstone Experience (6 credits)

The capstone provides students with an “integrative” experience in natural resources and environmental management. The Capstone experience will vary from student to student, but typically will involve: (i) an internship/ coop/ special field experience; (ii) an investigation of a special topic; and/or (iii) development of a project, directed readings/study, or a research project. Each student is expected to take the primary role in identifying and organizing their capstone experience. Each student will be required to give a public proposal and defense presentation, and provide a written proposal and final document on their capstone experience. 

The capstone experience consists of: (i) NREM 695 (1 cr), to be taken when the student is preparing their proposal; and (ii) NREM 696 (3 cr) and NREM 699 (2 cr; register with faculty advisor), to be taken when the student has completed their capstone experience and is writing up their final document.  All capstone experiences require approval from the MEM Capstone Panel, which consists of the faculty advisor, the NREM 695 course instructor, and an at-large Panel member.

For more information please refer to the Graduate Student Guide 2017.