The coursework component is so designed as to provide a base of Rural Management education at Masters' level and then to facilitate participants in undertaking specialised reading/ learning in research and developing thesis research proposals. It consists of a classroom segment, a fieldwork segment and an Organisation Traineeship Segment. The Classroom segment has a minimum of 5 classroom terms consisting of 28 credits of coursework. Of these, 20 credits of courses are compulsory from the PRM curriculum, 3 credits of FPRM core courses and 5 credits of optional courses. The Fieldwork Segment is spread over 10 weeks and consists of 4 credits. The Organisation Traineeship Segment is similarly spread over 10 weeks and consists of 4 credits. The Fieldwork and Organisation Traineeship Segments are common with the PRM curriculum; however, in both, FPRM participants would do additional assignments to meet their credit requirements.
After completion of coursework, every participant has to write and pass the Comprehensive Qualifying Examination prior to be eligible to commence thesis research. The Qualifying Examination is conducted in two stages; the first stage examination pertains to the area of specialisation of the participant. The second stage is a general one seeking to examine the overall understanding in Rural Management and competence of the participant in inter-disciplinary/ cross-functional thinking. Additionally, every participant has to associate as a Teaching Assistant for 2 credits of PRM courses or its time equivalent (6 months) of Research or Editorial Assistantship.