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Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration)

24 months
30134 USD/year
30134 USD/year
12740 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Ecosystems in Florida, the southeastern US, and the world face an unprecedented threat from climate change and human activities. The Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration) program is offered at University of Florida.


Ecological restoration has been defined as “the return of an ecosystem to a close approximation of its condition prior to disturbance” (NRC, 1992). According to the Society for Ecological Restoration, ecological restoration is “the process of assisting the recovery and management of ecological integrity”. Ecological integrity is related to biodiversity, ecological processes and structures, regional and historical contexts and sustainable use (SER, 1999). Thus, ecological restoration can be considered as human intervention to recover nature’s integrity; to restore the environment to its natural state.

A sound science-based ecological foundation is needed for developing and implementing restoration projects. In order to train our graduate students effectively as future resource managers, environmental scientists, and restoration ecologists, we need to equip them with skills and science-based principles that are transportable from one system to another. They also need to learn that good restoration requires a view above and beyond the technical details and should include historical, social, cultural, political, aesthetic and moral aspects, so these ideas are addressed in the technical courses developed for this program.


Students completing the MS in Forest Resources and Conservation (Concentration in Ecological Restoration)at University of Florida will develop or strengthen their knowledge and skills allowing them to:

  • Understand theoretical and technical knowledge from ecology, soils and other bio-physical sciences that form the intellectual foundation of ecological restoration environmental sciences.
  • Design restoration projects (upland and bottomland forests, wetlands, prairie, and dune) that consider knowledge areas outside students’ current area of expertise and in an interdisciplinary team environment.
  • Analyze critically and synthesize relevant primary information sources, such as technical reports and scientific publications.
  • Learn various techniques used in ecological restoration, and evaluation and monitoring.
  • Understand and appreciate the socio-economic, ethics, laws, policy and political dimensions of ecological restoration.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Ecosystem Restoration Principles & Practices (Required)
  •  Ecology & Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystem
  •  Ecology & Restoration of Invaded Ecosystems
  •  Agroforestry of the Southeastern US
  •  Natural Resource Conservation & Management Policies & Issues
  •  Watershed Restoration & Management
  •  Plant Materials for Conservation & Restoration

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • All semesters deadline - 2-3 months prior to term start date


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • $30 application fee, paid to the Office of Admissions.
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 is expected.
  • GRE scores – general test only, taken within five years. Typical combined scores range from approximately 295-305.
  • Three letters of recommendation from relevant academic or employment colleagues.
  • Letter of intent/statement of purpose detailing the areas you wish to study and/or your background.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30134 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30134 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    30134 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30134 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    12740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12740 USD per year during 24 months.


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