MS in Resource Management & Conservation

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The Master of Science in Resource Management and Conservation (RMC) program is for current environmental professionals as well as those just entering the profession who want to advance their scientific understanding as well as their leadership and management skills. Our RMC graduate students learn how to address complex technical and leadership challenges ranging from development to ecosystems and community health, to climate change preparedness.

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Our Definition of Resource Management and Conservation

Resource Management is about managing natural resources in sustainable ways. This requires resource managers to understand complex issues that impact natural resources, as well as how to effectively manage a diversity of stakeholders. Conservation involves actions that reduce the tensions between landscape development with preservation of ecological services. Conservation activities can range from preserving landscape resilience to developing multiple uses of a natural resource to restoring degraded ecosystems. RMC survey 01

Designed for the Working Professional (30 credits)

The 30-credit RMC program is for the working professional who wants to manage cross-discipline approaches to complex environmental issues and build their management leadership skills. Learn how to advance your communication and facilitation skills so you can interface better with your clients and more effectively inform policy through proactive stakeholder capacity building approaches. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to apply theory to your practice and real world situations. This option allows you to complete your degree during weekend intensives in 20 months while you continue working.

Choose a Professional Science Master’s Option (42 credits)

PSM 02   The 42-credit RMC program includes earning a Professional Science Master’s (PSM). The RMC-PSM requires completion of the 30-credit RMC program and 12-credits with a specific focus on environmental science related courses.

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This RMC-PSM degree is open to both recent graduates as well as those with prior professional experience. It allows students to either investigate a new area of environmental theory and practice or supplement one’s current professional expertise by staying current with theory and skills.

Combine a Peace Corps Experience with a RMC-PSM Degree (42 credits)

RMC mi bread ovenRMC students can pursue the 42-credit RMC-PSM option and have an extraordinary Peace Corps experience. Open to recent graduates and those with prior professional experience, this option requires two semesters of on-campus coursework at Antioch, followed by three months of training and two years of service in the Peace Corps earning 12 credits from their service and research overseas, tuition-free. Students then complete their final semester at Antioch.

Training Leaders for Sustainable Environmental Change

Leadership and sustainability are infused in all RMC classes. Our graduates quickly move into organizational and policy leadership positions addressing both personal and organizational best practices in addressing sustainable resource management projects. RMC trash 01

Learn from Experienced Environmental Professionals

RMC faculty are engaged environmental scholars and practitioners who address real-world environmental problems at regional, national, and international scales. Our faculty’s active applied research projects provide students with a wide range of networking opportunities.

Learn With and From Your Cohort

Our cohorts reflect a diversity of cooperatively oriented learners ranging from seasoned resource managers to more recent under-graduates trained with cutting edge management tools. Facilitating a collaborative and transformative educational experience is a hallmark of the RMC program.

Program Delivery

Mid-Career Option: 30 Credits

  • Initial 5 day intensive in early fall semester (3 credits)
  • Weekend Intensives (5 weekends each fall and each spring semester – four semesters total) (24 credits)
  • No summer courses
  • Capstone project (3 credits)

Professional Science Master’s Option: 42 Credits

  • Initial 5 day intensive in early fall semester (3 credits)
  • 5-Weekends each fall and spring semesters (24 credits)
  • Choice of additional weekly courses (9 credits of additional science courses)
  • Internship and Capstone Project (6 credits)

Master’s International Peace Corps Option: 42 Credits

  • Initial 5-day Intensive in early fall semester (3 credits)
  • Two semesters of courses weekly and weekends at Antioch (21 credits)
  • 27-month Peace Corps experience (includes 3 months training) with Internships and research overseas (12 credits – tuition free)
  • Final semester at Antioch that includes capstone project (6 credits)

Antioch University New England is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Energy and passion alone do not create comprehensive solutions to complex problems. It takes: leadership informed by science, theory tempered by practical experience, and the integration of diverse perspectives through systems thinking.

All RMC students want to broaden their expertise as leaders in the natural and environmental science arenas. They want to increase their effectiveness as applied scientists, planners, and resource managers. They want to expand their career options and move into positions that inform environmental policy.

RMC graduates are:

  • Leaders of multi-issue, multi-stakeholder environmental problems
  • Resource Managers who manage complex problems by assessing scientific and economic research, understanding the interrelationships between public policy, science, economics and law, and applying quantitative, spatial and qualitative research approaches.
  • Conservationists who apply the science of natural systems to making and implementing decisions.
  • Visionaries who are experts in facilitative and adaptive leadership, stakeholder capacity building, and organizational sustainability.

Upon completion of their Master of Science program in Resource Management and Conservation, students are able to:

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  • Identify and understand the scientific and social complexities within the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies including ethics, sustainability and social justice;
  • Apply quantitative, spatial and qualitative research approaches to addressing science based problems;
  • Critically assess scientific and economic research;
  • Understand the interrelationships among, and between, public policy, science, economics and law;
  • Demonstrate and apply skills in external stakeholder capacity building;
  • Demonstrate and apply skills in facilitative and adaptive leadership;
  • Draw on theory to inform the practice of change management at multiple organizational scales;
  • Effectively manage complex projects and associated budgets and timelines;
  • Understand the definition and requirements of organizational sustainability.

REQUIREMENTS: Whether you are pursuing the Mid-career, Professional Science Master’s or the Master’s International option within the RMC program, all students will complete the following RMC core curriculum of 30 credits of academic and applied work.  The core curriculum classes meet five weekends in the fall and spring semesters, with a 5-day intensive during the first fall term. The schedule and/or course requirements may be slightly varied to meet the unique needs and logistics of Master’s International-Peace Corps RMC students. Fall I (Five weekends that include Saturday and Sunday except for the Intensive)

  • Intensive: ESS578 Principles of Sustainability (offered as a 5-day intensive during the first week of the fall term)
  • ESM516 Building Sustainable Organizations
  • ES602 Comparative Ecological Analysis (Shared with PhD Weekend Course)

Spring I (Five weekends that include Saturday and Sunday)

  • ESAF500 Financial Administration
  • ESPE560 Materials & Energy Sustainability


  • No Classes (as of 2016)

Fall II (Five weekends that include Saturday and Sunday)

  • ESC544 Leadership for Change
  • ES570 Climate Change-Resilience, Adaptation, and Mitigation

Spring II (Five weekends that include Saturday and Sunday except for the Capstone Project that does not have a class schedule)

  • ES524 Proposal Writing & Project Management
  • ES601 Political Economy and Sustainability (shared with ES705 PhD weekend course)
  • ES600 Capstone Project

RMC Mid Career Masters These thirty (30) credits meet all of the requirements for the RMC Mid-career option. They can be completed in 20 months.

Professional Science Master’s The core 30-credit curriculum and additional 9-credits of  PSM course requirements will satisfy a Professional Science Master’s designation. The PSM courses can be met by a wide selection of methods courses available in the Environmental Studies Department. In addition, one 3-credit internship is required.

Master’s International RMC Master’s International students earn 12-credits for their Peace Corps Service. These students spend their first two semesters on campus completing 24 credits that include the majority of their 30-credit RMC curriculum. This is followed by a Peace Corps orientation and two years of international service, during which time students receive 6-credits of internship and an additional 6-credits of research-supervised independent studies. Master’s International students can also pursue a Professional Science Master’s designation.  Master’s International students complete their final course (Leadership for Change) and a capstone (MS) projects back on AUNE’s campus. Master’s International students can also pursue a Professional Science Master’s designation.

At Antioch University New England students have the opportunity to work with faculty on various consulting projects. These projects allow students to think dynamically and put theory into action. Many students find these research assistantships to be vital to their AUNE experience. The following is a sampling of projects that students and faculty have jointly worked on over the past several years. They also illustrate the types of projects could also serve as a Capstone: Collaborative Service Initiative.


Beaver BrookRiparian Corridor Wildlife Assessment 
Study of Impacts to Wildlife Habitat and Connectivity for the Urbanized Beaver Brook, Keene, NH

Lake Sunapee Watershed Infrastructure Project

Lake Sunapee Watershed Infrastructure Project
Study of impact from climate change and facilitation of public policy process

Liberia Post-Conflict Infrastructure ProjectLiberia Post-Conflict Infrastructure Project 
Development of Intervention Strategies to Re-establish Urban Environmental Services

Climate Change AdaptationClimate Change Adaptation 
Study of Impacts to the Oyster River Watershed and Great Bay Estuary

Regional Organics Recovery

Regional Organics Recovery 
Establishment of a Composting Option for Commercially Generated Organics, Brattleboro, VT

Waste Action Collaborative of Sullivan County, NHWaste Action Collaborative of Sullivan County, NH
Developing and Implementing a Recycling-Based, Integrated, Waste-Management Plan

Monadnock NH Region Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative

Monadnock NH Region Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiative: COOL

MonadnockCommunity Technical Assistance Project (CTAP)Community Technical Assistance Project (CTAP)
A Regional Community Driven Smart Growth Initiative in New Hampshire

Community Conservation Partnership (CCP)

Community Conservation Partnership (CCP)
Assisting Communities in the Monadnock Region Develop Local Conservation Plans

Friends of Center City Keene

Friends of Center City Keene
Building Community Consensus in Supporting a Vital Downtown Keene, New Hampshire

The following Department of Environmental Studies core and associate faculty members currently mentor students and teach courses taken by Sustainable Development and Climate Change Concentration students and Resource Management and Conservation students. There are also adjunct faculty members that teach specific courses in the department. Abigail Abrash, MSc, Director Advocacy for Social Justice & Sustainability and Assistant to the President for Sustainability/Social Justice. Abi’s areas of focus include sustainability, social and environmental justice and community development. She has experience in public and corporate policy advocacy, and organizational and change leadership. James S. Gruber, PE, PhD, Director, Resource Management and Conservation Program, Director,Sustainable Development and Climate Change Concentration. Jim’s areas of expertise and interest are community-based environmental programs, civic engagement, social-ecological systems, ecological economics and public policy. James Jordan, PhD, Director of Environmental Studies Master Field Studies Trips. Jim’s research program focuses on the effects of decadal to millennial-scale environmental change along Alaskan coasts of the North Pacific, Bering, and Chukchi seas. His other areas of interest are landscape evolution, climate change and human environment interactions. Beth Kaplin, PhD, Core faculty and Director of the Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation. Beth’s areas of research and interest are tropical forest ecology, primate behavioral ecology, and protected areas management. Jimmy Karlan, EdD, Director Science Teacher Certification Concentration. Jimmy’s interests are in real problem-based science education, children’s and adult’s ecological concepts and theories, and citizen science education. Jean Kayira, PhD, Core faculty. Jean’s interests include Sustainability education, Indigenous knowledge, and post-colonial theory; youth, place, and culture; and participatory forms of education and research. Alesia Maltz, PhD Alesia, through her work in supporting indigenous rights, focuses on recruiting students from under-represented minority groups. Her areas of research and interest are environmentalism and justice, as well as First Nations environmental policy. Elizabeth McCann, PhD, Director of Environmental Education Concentration. Libby’s research interests are school yard restoration, adult learning theory and non-formal education. Peter Palmiotto, PhD, Director of Conservation Biology Concentration. Peter’s area of research and interest is subalpine forest ecosystem dynamics and climate change in temperate and tropical biomes. He is co-director of the Center for Tropical Ecology & Conservation, and founder of MERE. Michael Simpson, MS, MALS, Department Chair, ES Dept.,  Co-director of Resource Management and Conservation Program, and Director of Sustainable Development & Climate Change Concentration. Michael’s areas of research and interest are climate change and water resource management, wetlands ecology, environmental site assessment and pollution/waste prevention. Rachel Thiet, PhD, core faculty. Rachel’s areas of research and interest are terrestrial soil ecology, salt marsh plant and soil ecology, salt marsh restoration, bio-geochemistry, and global climate change. Tom Wessels, MA, faculty emeritus. Tom has a wide range of interests throughout the natural world. He enjoys forests, deserts and alpine ecosystems as well as landscape ecology and history. He has a passion for teaching and is the author of several books including: Reading the Forest Landscape and The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future. Lisabeth Willey, PhD, core faculty. Lisabeth’s interests include organismic & evolutionary biology; wildlife & fisheries conservation; rare species conservation planning; alpine ecology; landscape ecology; amphibian and reptile ecology; population and habitat suitability modeling.

RMC studentsRMC graduates use the theory and skills from the program in their future or current professional capacity to enhance their ability to be effective leaders in their chosen discipline. The degree also provides a foundation for career advancement in a dynamic and growing field of critical environmental work. Diversity of backgrounds, variety of career paths, and breadth of employment opportunities make it difficult to characterize a “typical” RMC graduate’s career path upon leaving Antioch University New England. RMC faculty provide individual career advising and the professional critical-path thinking for students as they progress through the program. And even after graduation, faculty members continue to offer support and guidance as graduates continue along their own environmental paths. The following list of environmental professional positions that RMC graduates have secured after graduating from the program:

  1. Nonprofit conservation and advocacy organizations at the local, national, and international level
    • Director, Texas Audubon Society
    • Policy Coordinator, NH Lakes Association
    • Director, New England Biosolids and Residuals Association
    • River Steward, Connecticut River Watershed Council
    • Environmental Analyst, World Bank
  2. Government departments that manage natural resources, regulate pollution, or monitor environmental compliance
    • Director, Waste Management Division, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
    • Watershed Manager, NH Department of Environmental Services
    • Pollution Prevention Program Head, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
    • Waste Prevention Coordinator, Upper Valley Solid Waste District, VT
  3. Public agencies concerned with local and regional land use planning, or which acquire and manage open space
    • Manager, Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
    • Environmental Manager, Metropolitan Planning of Kansas City
    • Executive Director, Kennebunk Land Trust
    • Lands Steward, Monadnock Conservancy
  4. Environmental consulting businesses engaged in land management and sustainable development, wetlands protection, water resource management and environmental impact assessment
    • Senior Planner, URS Greiner Woodward Clyde, Inc.
    • Senior Partner, DSM Environmental Services, Inc.
    • Project Manager, Global Environment and Technology Foundation, Inc.
    • Senior Environmental Scientist, Dufrene, Henry and Associates, Inc.
    • Vice President, Tighe and Bond, Inc.
  5. Private industry and institutions engaged in meeting regulations for environmental compliance and developing ecologically sustainable management systems
    • Director, North American Materials Recovery Operations, Compaq Computers
    • Environmental Safety and Health Coordinator, Textron Automotive, Inc.
    • Sustainability Coordinator, Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital Alliance
    • Pollution Prevention Specialist, US Small Business Development Corporation
  6. Entrepreneurships and business start-ups
    • Climate Change Specialists, Portland, OR
    • Green Decking and Fencing, Austin, TX
    • Geophysical and Water Resource Exploration, Lyndborough, NH
    • Forestry, Wetlands & Lands Assessment, New London, NH
    • Waste Management and Odor Modeling, Newburyport, MA
    • Wetlands and Watershed Impact Restoration, Norwich, VT

Resource Management and Conservation Weekends*

Summer 2015

June 13, 14, 27, and 28 July 11, 12, 25, and 26 * See above Course Sequence tab for schedule beginning fall 2015. As of 2016, there will no longer be any summer core course requirements.

Fall 2015

The semester begins with a 5 day intensive August 29 – September 2 and the following weekends:
Saturdays & Sundays September 12 & 13, October 3 & 4, October 17 & 18, November 7 & 8, December 5 & 6 (*snow dates December 12 & 13)

Spring 2016

Saturdays & Sundays January 23 & 24, February 6 & 7, March 5 & 6, April 2 & 3, May 7 & 8