Conservation Science

University of Minnesota

12 months
27204 USD/year
27204 USD/year
17580 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Two types of master's degrees in Conservation Science are offered at University of Minnesota: Plan A, involving a thesis, and Plan B, with more emphasis on coursework and one or more independent projects.


Plan A requires a minimum of 20 graduate-level course semester credits and 10 master's thesis credits. Plan A Master's students must complete a research thesis, following all requirements designated by the Graduate School. Examples of Master's thesis topics are listed on the Conservation Sciences program website. Thesis credits may be taken for the master’s Plan A at any time during degree program.

Plan B course requirements include a minimum of 20 graduate-level course semester credits; plus an additional 10 elective credits, chosen in consultation with the adviser. Plan B Master's students must demonstrate familiarity with the tools of research or scholarship in their major field, the ability to work independently, and the ability to present the results of their investigation effectively, by completing at least one Plan B project. The Plan B project should involve a combined total of approximately 120 hours (the equivalent of three full-time weeks) of work. The advisory committee specifies both the nature and extent of the options available to satisfy this requirement, subject to approval by the DGS. The Plan B project must be satisfied independent of the courses in the student's program.

Students in the Conservation Science program at University of Minnesota have the option of completing a minor in another field, e.g., statistics or ecology; see the DGS of those programs for requirements.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Methods for Social Science
  • Population and Evolutionary Biology
  • Ecotourism and Rural Development Field Course
  • Economics of Biodiversity Conservation
  • Conservation and Community Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to a UMN graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S., or a comparable degree from outside the U.S.
  • Many graduate programs prefer an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher for admission.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Many graduate programs require letters of recommendation, submitted and uploaded online. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27204 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13602 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    27204 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13602 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    17580 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8790 USD per semester and a duration of 12 months.


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