The Department of Land Economics (DLE) has a glorious history which traces back to as early as 1932; originally, DLE offered only the bachelor degree and served as a pioneer in the land economics in the country. Decades later, in order to train for more advanced professionals and potential researchers, among others, DLE advanced with the establishment of the master's program in 1968 and the doctoral program 1981. Along with the development and growth of the department, in 1993, two primary specialties of the department, i.e., land management and land resources planning (focused on urban and regional planning) officially became two independent programs under the umbrella of land economics for the undergraduate education. In 2000, a third program – geomatics, was established to add one more major to the department. In 2002, with the help of the professionals' Master's Program of Land Economics(MPLE), the education subjects of the department were further extended to working professionals to have life-long learning opportunities as well as to earn an NCCU's master's degree while continuing to work full-time.
Land Management Program
The curricula of Land Management Program focus on land policy and laws, real estate investment and agency, land valuation, as well as land finance. This program is intended to train professionals specialized in land administration, land laws, land registration, real estate investment and agency, and land valuation for both public and private organizations.
Land Resources Planning Program
The Land Resources Planning Program is designed for students primarily interested in urban and regional planning and utilization of land resources. The curricula are designed to equip students with knowledge, techniques, and hands-on experiences on practical spatial planning. Graduates from this major will also have the knowledge and course credits required to participate in national examinations for the urban planner's certificate, for the civil servant in urban planning related agencies, as well as expertise necessary for being a professional in state land planning, regional planning, urban planning, and real estate development.
The Geomatics Program makes available to the students with the up-to-date knowledge and technology in the study of remote sensing, global positioning system, geographic information systems and science, information science, and land management and planning. This program offers comprehensive curricula both on theoretical knowledge and practical training. Graduates from this major are employed by public agencies and private firms.