M.Sc. On Campus

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

University of Florida

24 months
30134 USD/year
30134 USD/year
12740 USD/year
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The University of Florida’s online Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation is open to qualified local, national, and international professionals who work in the fields of ecology, wildlife management, conservation biology, forensic science, veterinary medicine, and related disciplines.


This Wildlife Ecology and Conservation program is offered through University of Florida Maples Center for Forensic Science in partnership with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Students are prepared for real-world situations in wildlife forensics such as poaching and illegal trade and courses are taught by faculty members who have years of experience in the field working with law enforcement and wildlife organizations.

The MS in Wildlife Forensic Sciences and Conservation is comprised of four 3-credit core requirements plus 21 elective credits. Complete courses from the comfort of your home, on your own time. The degree is non-thesis, but does require the completion of a final cumulative exam that consists of a written and an oral component.

Why Wildlife Forensic Sciences & Conservation?

Fish and wildlife officers, conservationists, and park rangers are just a few professionals who will benefit from the online wildlife forensic sciences and conservation graduate program. Adding graduate-level coursework to your resume can provide potential earning increases and job advancements, as well as boost your knowledge in an area of interest.

What will you learn?

Students can expect to cover a wide variety of topics that dive into historical and contemporary laws and legislation, crime scene processing, and conservation medicine. Topics will include:

  • Overview of crime scene procedures and protocols
  • Various types of evidence unique to wildlife forensics
  • Evidence recognition and handling
  • Crime scene test methods and techniques
  • Conservation and ecology issues in wildlife crime
  • Current trends in wildlife and biodiversity threats
  • Legalities in domestic and international wildlife issues

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Impact of Diseases on Wildlife Population
  • Research Design in Wildlife Ecology
  • Plant-Animal Interactions
  • Conservation Biology
  • Advanced Wetlands Ecology
  • Wildlife Population Ecology
  • Wildlife Population Modeling
  • Pattern and Process in Landscape Ecology
  • Environmental Interpretation
  • Administration in Natural Resources
  • Mammalian Carnivores: Conservation and Management Issues
  • Human Dimensions of Biological Conservation
  • Research Problems in Wildlife and Range Sciences
  • Supervised Research
  • Seminar
  • Topics in Wildlife and Range Sciences
  • Supervised Teaching
  • Research for Master's Thesis
  • Wildlife and Agriculture
  • Advanced Research
  • Research for Doctoral Dissertation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Assistantship Applicants: January 1
  • Not Seeking Funding: Rolling admission


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree in any subject from an accredited institution with an upper-division GPA of 3.0 or better (Prior coursework in biology, health and/or animal sciences is preferred)
  • GRE examination with a cumulative score of 297 or better
  • Three recommendation letters by academic or professional contacts speaking of the applicant’s experience and expertise

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30134 USD/year
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    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.

Living costs for Gainesville

900 - 1335 USD /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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