M.Sc. On Campus

Conservation Science

University of Minnesota

24 months
29864 USD/year
29864 USD/year
19754 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The vision of the Conservation Science program of the University of Minnesota is: a world in which biological diversity and the processes that generate and maintain it are preserved, managed and restored. This vision will be achieved by individuals with research-based knowledge who will promote conservation-based decision making.


About the Program

The Conservation Sciences program of the University of Minnesota is committed to the following:

  • Recruiting the most highly qualified and motivated graduate students;
  • Providing a curriculum designed to give students a comprehensive foundation in biological and social aspects of conservation;
  • Providing a forum for new ideas and information in conservation sciences through seminars and discussion groups;
  • Providing a program with strong international emphasis;
  • Providing a selection of research training opportunities directed by a faculty distinguished in contemporary conservation sciences research;
  • Providing practical training in conservation sciences through internships with national and international agencies;
  • Providing students the opportunity to specialize in such areas as fisheries, aquatic biology, and law.

Facilitating cooperation among university and agency programs and groups relevant to conservationsciences (e.g. the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy; Forestry for Sustainable Development; Center for Natural Resource Policy and Management; Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs; Minnesota Zoo; The Nature Conservancy; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; USGS Biological Resources Division).

Two types of master's degrees are offered: Plan A, involving a thesis, and Plan B, with more emphasis on coursework and one or more independent projects.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Applied Biostatistics
  • Applied Microeconomics: Firm and Household
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology
  • Quantitative Genetics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent from a recognized college or university
  • Although majorirty of students come with a degree in biology or a closely related fields the program admit students from other backgrounds such as social science, economics, policy etc. The students with limited or no biology background may be required to make up selected courses in basic biology and/or ecology
  • A statement of career goals (also known as a Personal statement)
  • A diversity statement
  • A CV and
  • Three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's potential for graduate study are required
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission
  • If English is not your native language, you are required to submit scores of English proficiency examinations

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29864 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    29864 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29864 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    19754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19754 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Minneapolis

1130 - 2045 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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