Land Resources Management

MSc in Land Resources Management

Objectives of the Program

  • To train highly qualified and problem solving manpower in land resources management capable of working in governmental and non-governmental institutions
  • To train well versed land management practitioners who could be able to engage in private entrepreneurship and thereby creating employment opportunities for others
  • To train professionals that will be involved as educators in higher and medium level teaching institutions.
  • To train professionals that will address pressing natural resource related problems through conducting basic and applied research so as to generate and disseminate technologies relevant to natural resource management
  • To train professionals that will provide advisory services to private and public institutions involved in sustainable land management

Moreover, instructors from the to be opened MSc programs like Water Resources Management and researchers and other professionals working in the Region will be involved in the training program.

Graduate Profile

After successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Provide professional services in colleges, universities, governmental and non-governmental in institutions;
  • Conduct research and/or apply appropriate technologies and management practices for efficient utilization of the major natural resources (soil, water and vegetation);
  • Provide advisory services to institutions involved in natural resources management;
  • Engage in private entrepreneurship and thereby creating employment opportunities for others.
  • Contribute in policy formulation and development strategy design in the country in general and the Region in particular.

Duration of the study

The MSc program is a two-year program, with one year (2 semesters) taught courses and one year for research project proposal writing, conducting research in a specific area of interest and defending a thesis.

Assessment and evaluation

Graduate student progress is assessed regularly and formally by the faculty through assigned departmental supervisors. The assessments focus on both completion of coursework and the development of professional skill in research, scientific writing and service through the following methods.

  • Assignments, (group works, seminars, term papers, laboratory/field work reports)
  • Mid-semester examination
  • Final examination
  • Quality of thesis work and presentation

The final performance of the course will be evaluated using A (4.0), B+ (3.5) B (3.0),       C+ (2.5) C (2.0), D (1.0) and F (0) grading system.

Degree nomenclature

The degree conferred to graduates on successful completion of the program will be called in English: THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LAND RESOURCES MANAGEMENT and in Amharic: የማስትሬት ዲግሪ በመሬት ሐብት አያያዝ

Admission requirements

Academic and non-academic requirements for this program will follow the Bahir Dar University's requirements which are listed below:

  • Applicants must have Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in natural resource management, soil science, soil and water management, forestry, applied geography, watershed management from accredited higher learning institutions.
  • Non-natural resource management majors admitted to the program may be required to take some prerequisite courses from the undergraduate program. These courses will be worked out by the Department Graduate Committee and approved by the Faculty Graduate Committee based on the BSc credentials of the candidate.
  • The candidate must pass entrance examination in the field of the study.
  • The candidate must be supported by at least three letters of recommendation preferably from the candidates’ undergraduate instructors, employers and professional associations.

Graduation requirements

Students should completely cover all the 35 credit hours. Their cumulative grade point average (CGPA) should be a minimum of 3.00. Students should pass all their specific semester courses and a write a thesis which must be submitted, corrected, defended in an open defense in the forum where thesis examining board (containing 3 persons including an external examiner) is involved. The thesis should be defended with a rating of ‘Excellent’, ‘Very good’, ‘Good’ and ‘Satisfactory’. Finally the thesis should be bound and approved by advisor(s), examiners, department graduate committee chairman and dean of the graduate program.

List of Courses Required

The programme of study leading to MSc in Land Resources Management requires covering 35 credit hours that will include 28 credit hours of course work, 1 credit hour of seminar and 6 credit hours of thesis work.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit hour

Nrlm 611

Advanced Soil Science


Nrlm 612

Integrated Soil Fertility Management


Nrlm 614

Soil and Water Conservation


Nrlm 621

Agricultural Water Management


Nrlm 631

Advanced Siliviculture


Nrlm 632



Nrlm 641

GIS and Remote Sensing


Nrlm 642

Integrated Watershed Management and Land Use Planning


Nrlm 643

Environmental Impact Assessment (E)


Nrlm 647

Economics of land resources management (E)


Nrlm 649

Climatology and agro meteorology (E)


Nrlm 644

Research methods in Land Resources Management


Nrlm 645

Crop-Livestock Mixed Production


Nrlm 652

Graduate seminar in Land Resources Management


Nrlm 750

MSc thesis


Total credit hour


E= Elective courses