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Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Athens, GA, United States
The Master degree program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development offers students an opportunity to combine interdisciplinary course work in conservation ecology and sustainable development with field experience and thesis research.


The program is intended to provide the training necessary to handle the unique, multidisciplinary problems in the area of conservation and sustainable development and to function independently as a researcher and decision-maker to address problems of conservation and sustainable development.

The programme

This holistic framework for decision-making is a strength of UGA's Odum School of Ecology. The objectives of this program are:

  • To develop a flexible training program at the M.S. level which provides interdisciplinary skills in decision-making in the areas of conservation ecology and sustainable development
  • To perform research which provides hands-on applied field experience for students.The 
  • Odum School of Ecology provides one of the best places in the country to offer this program. The existing structure of the Ecology program with its ongoing interdisciplinary activities offers the physical and intellectual environment necessary to create a strong program.

    Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or related social science such as anthropology or resource economics is eligible to apply for admission to the degree program.


    Officially accredited/recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, University of Georgia (UGA) is a very large (enrollment range: 35,000-39,999 students) coeducational higher education institution.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • International Conservation and Development
    • Environment and Development
    • A Graduate Ecology course
    • A Graduate Research Methods 

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    English Language Requirements

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    General Requirements

    • Application for admission
    • Application-processing fee
    • Transcripts
    • Entrance test scores
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Certification of finances forms (international applicants)
    • Any supplemental material required by the department

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      24692 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      24692 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 24692 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
    • In-State

      8704 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 8704 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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    Living costs for Athens

    • 720 - 1170 USD/month
      Living Costs

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