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Environmental and Conservation Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
The graduate program leading to an M.S. or a Ph.D. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ECS) rests on an integrative curriculum and a multidisciplinary team approach. 


The program emphasizes the common ground shared by all sciences, and seeks to bridge methodological and philosophical boundaries that might hinder interdisciplinary communication and cooperation. The program offers three tracks: Environmental Science, Conservation Biology and Environmental Social Sciences. The Environmental Science track focuses on abiotic environmental issues, such as water, air, and land pollution. The Conservation Biology track focuses on biotic issues, such as the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem function. The Environmental Social Sciences track emphasizes relationships between humans and the natural environment with a focus on environmental economics and policy.

The interdisciplinary nature of this program is reflected by the participation of faculty from across the campus, including the Colleges of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Engineering; and Science and Mathematics.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Environmental History
  • Research Seminar in North American History
  • Readings in World History
  • National Environmental Policy Act & Environental Impact Assessment
  • Natural Resources Management Planning
  • Environmental Sociology

              Detailed Programme Facts

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

              English Language Requirements

              You only need to take one of these language tests:

              • Minimum required score:


                The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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              • Minimum required score:


                The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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              Academic Requirements

              General Requirements

              • By the end of the second semester, the student and academic adviser will arrange for the appointment of a Graduate Supervisory Committee. For Ph.D. study, the Graduate Supervisory Committee will consist of at least four members of the NDSU graduate faculty. The committee must include the student's adviser, two additional ECS faculty members, and a Graduate School representative. One committee member must be from outside the student's home college.
              • For M.S. study, the Graduate Supervisory Committee will consist of at least three members of the NDSU graduate faculty and will include the student's adviser, an ECS faculty member and a faculty from outside the student's home college. 

              Tuition Fee

              • International

                631 USD/credit
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 631 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
              • National

                541 USD/credit
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 541 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
              • In-State

                361 USD/credit
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 361 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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              Living costs for Fargo

              • 870 - 1260 USD/month
                Living Costs

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