Are you passionate about saving the environment and helping others learn how to do the same? Then this is the specialization for you. Explore paradigms of natural resource management, such as EcoCivilization Design, Sustainable Development, Payment for Ecosystem Services, and Biosphere Reserves with this specialization of the Master’s program!

This specialization may be the right one for you if you:

  • Are passionate about improving the environment
  • Care about strengthening a community’s relationship with and knowledge of its environment
  • Are interested in participatory conservation models
  • Want to learn and educate about responsible, sustainable resource management

You will explore principle sources of conflict in this field, such as land and water access, desertification, deforestation, human migration, and the unpredictable effects that climate change has on each of them. Throughout the course of the program, you will master broad, relevant skills such as GIS (Geographic Information System Mapping Technology), modern communication methods, management of non-profit organizations, promotion of conflict resolution, and community-based disaster preparedness.

  • Participatory community planning
  • Identification and mapping of community resources
  • Management of human and financial resources
  • Fundraising, grant writing, and project monitoring
  • Identification of key indicators for impact evaluation
  • Conflict prevention, analysis, and management
  • Growing action from continually shifting reality
  • Conservation specialist
  • Conservation scientist
  • Natural resource management project officer
  • Sustainable development officer
  • NGO creation/management
  • PSK 602 – Strategic Resource Mapping
    Examine longitudinal societal, economic, geographic, natural resource, environmental, and political metrics and mapping for technical needs, natural resources, and effective intervention in communities and countries. Students learn mapping as a tool for narrating the change of communities – their assets, needs, boundaries, and trajectory.
  • PSK 604 – 21st Century Communication
    Introduction to the basic tenets of branding, marketing, and using the Internet in the digital era. Get equipped with the skills for web design and social media using various multimedia tools, platforms, and practices for effective local and global communication in the 21st century.
  • PSK 601 – Nonprofit Management
    Learn organizational skills and strategies for effective planning, funding, managing, leading, and partnering. Students gain an overview of financial management, grant writing, and reporting. You’ll also review effective methods to monitor and evaluate sustainable and scalable development projects.
  • PSK 610 – Bridging & Negotiating Differences
    This course situates social enterprise in broader development literature, diverse theories of change, cross-cultural wonder, power differentials, and inter-disciplinary work. Students move back-and-forth between very different realities, beginning with rural and urban, and then rich and poor, so as to ask of their own context and work, “Whose reality counts?”
  • PSK 613 – Natural Resources & Conflict
    Examine how natural resources – oil, minerals, land, forest, and water – complicate conflicts and expose low-income countries and communities to risk and instability. Students design innovative interventions for cooperation and conflict prevention for natural resources management, conflict analysis, local governance, and peacebuilding.


Typically, it takes 2 years to complete the degree program. However, in an effort to be as flexible as possible for the busy students we serve, you also have the option of enrolling in classes part-time and spacing your courses out over as much time as you need to achieve the right balance for your life.

You should be prepared to commit 10-15 hours per week to your coursework if enrolled full-time. This includes class (using our video-conferencing platform), online work, field research, and applied project-based assignments. If you choose to extend the program and enroll part-time, your weekly time commitment will be less.

You will receive a Master of Arts in Applied Community Change.

Yes, mainly, but this isn’t like other online learning opportunities. This blended learning model combines online content, face-to- face video conferencing, peer-to- peer collaboration, applied learning in community and places of work, field-based research, optional regional and global residential studies, and a lifelong network of development colleagues. The flexibility of this model allows you to remain in your community and maintain your life while gaining a formally recognized qualification. You need not relocate for this Master’s degree.

First and foremost, this degree will make you a more effective leader in your organization or community. The applied nature of the program will also enhance your career prospects. The issues and challenges you will learn to address throughout the course of your program are relevant to many organizations/businesses. Future Generations alumni have gone on to serve in business enterprises, government, community development, conservation planning, faith-based initiatives, health, peacebuilding, relief work, social work, and teaching and research.

Cost is determined by credit hour $660/credit hour. There are no hidden fees. One term can cost $5,490. But if you qualify for a scholarship, this can substantially lower the cost. To find your cost, you need to contact the university: To be connected to someone who can help, registrar@future.edu

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Spring 2019 Scheduling
Spring February 4- June 7, 2019
Fall August 19- December 20, 2019
Spring February 3- June 5, 2020
Fall August 17-December 18, 2020
Completed Applications Due January 4, 2019
*New applicants, please inquire about Spring Semester 2019 enrollment.
Class of 2021 Academic Calendar
Fall August 19- December 20, 2019
Spring February 3- June 5, 2020
Fall August 17- December 18, 2020
Spring February 1- June 4, 2021
Completed Applications Due July 1, 2019

Click here to start your learning experience with Future Generations University!  You’ll be asked for transcripts from your Bachelor’s degree, a recommendation letter from a colleague or supervisor, and a Statement of Purpose (how you intend to use your degree for the betterment of your community and yourself).