Above photo courtesy of current PPCN student Seth Sykora-Bodie.


The Master of Science Program was initiated in 1991 to provide new training and educational emphasis in the areas of sustainable development and conservation biology.  The program applies an interdisciplinary and experiential approach to the challenges of biological conservation in relation to the economic development necessary to meet human needs.  Specifically the program’s objectives are to provide broad, multidisciplinary training in the core areas of biological conservation, resource economics, and policy analysis. 

The Masters program includes four main components.  Students are required to take core courses in the areas of ecology and conservation biology, resource economics, public policy, and multi-disciplinary problem solving.  The structure of the program allows students the opportunity to take elective courses from a wide array of disciplines, which allows the student to focus their graduate study on topics of particular interest to them.  Students are required to complete an internship experience that is relevant to the student’s career interests.  While the CONS program is a non-thesis program, students are required to write a Scholarly Paper.  The scholarly paper is a rigorous quantitative analysis of an Environmental Problem that synthesizes the student’s coursework, internship experience, and career interests. 

This program is designed to be a two-year, non-thesis program. The course requirements for this program total to 39 credits of graduate level coursework. 


Blow is our degree requirements table.  For an easier to read PDF version, click here.