Conservation Biology

Central Michigan University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
850 USD/credit
850 USD/credit
637 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Conservation Biology at the Central Michigan University is designed to prepare students for careers in conservation and ecological research in a variety of environments, such as government agencies, conservation organizations, and the private sector, or for further study in a Ph.D. program.


As a student in the Conservation Biology master's program, you'll work alongside faculty to conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities such as the brand new Biosciences Building, the CMU Biological Station on Beaver Island, and more. 

All applicants to the MS Conservation Biology program at the Central Michigan University are encouraged to apply for a teaching assistantship, which are awarded on a competitive basis.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Students should discuss the possibility of a research assistantship with their advisor when applying to the biology graduate program, as a limited number of research assistantships are available.
  • Research facilities include our new Biosciences Building, our state-of-the-art Imaging Facility, Vivarium, and the CMU Herbarium; the CMU Biological Station at Beaver Island in Lake Michigan, and Neithercut Woodlands, 30 minutes north of Mount Pleasant. 

Programme Structure

  • Most students follow a thesis option for the Biology M.S., which requires coursework approved by the student's Graduate Committee and the completion and write-up of a major research project. 
  • Some students follow a non-thesis option, based mostly on coursework, with a minor research or independent study report. Students in the Conservation concentration are also required to take BIO 650 (Population Ecology) and BIO 680 (Conservation Biology) as part of their coursework. 
  • Students are assessed on their thesis seminar, oral defense, and written report. The specific learning outcomes are available from the Biology office.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent;
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall and in biological science major;
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional references;
  • Commitment of a faculty advisor

Tuition Fee

  • International

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    850 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 850 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    637 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 637 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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