Master’s Program in Conservation and Restoration at UC-Irvine is accepting applications for Fall 2018
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) at the University of California, Irvine are accepting applications for the Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) graduate program providing training for students interested in careers in the research and management of natural resources. Now accepting applications for the second cohort of MCRS students for Fall 2018! Sectors and potential careers for MCRS graduates include: non-profit land management sector, local and federal government agencies, and environmental consulting firms. For more information, visit the MCRS webpage (http://mcrs.bio.uci.edu), or contact program administrators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MCRS degree will provide students with the academic and professional skills needed to study, protect, and conserve natural resources, and to hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Potential applicants will need a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in the natural sciences (biology, conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife biology, horticulture, or similar degree title) from a fully accredited academic institution. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other areas will be considered, but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field.
The program includes two years of coursework and activities, including 18 units of core courses (e.g., ecology, conservation science), 16 units of topical electives (e.g., environmental policy, land use policy), 18 units of technical and professional skills courses (e.g., technical writing, GIS), and 8 units associated with technical and professional workshops (e.g., regional professional gatherings). A collaborative, year-long group capstone project (12 units), aligned with community partners, integrates the program’s learning objectives and applies student’s new skills to key environmental challenges facing society.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Our next round of applications will be reviewed for admission after July 1, 2018.
A B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in Biology, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or other applied biological science (e.g. forestry, wildlife biology, horticulture or similar degree title) from a fully accredited academic institution, will be required for admission. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in areas such as Social Ecology, Public Health, Environmental Engineering, or Environmental Policy will be considered, but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field as documented below.
Undergraduate preparation should include a minimum of:
a.One full year of biological sciences
b.One full year of chemistry
c.One semester or quarter of calculus or statistics
Experience from professional activities will be evaluated by faculty and staff in the program. Extended practical experience in ecology, public health, conservation, restoration, or environmental engineering/policy may be an acceptable substitute for one or more of the requirements above, depending on the nature of the experience. This is likely to be extremely rare, and is mainly intended for someone who has demonstrated excellence and is a mid-career environmental professional but whose undergraduate experience does not align perfectly with program requirements.
Applicants must demonstrate that they possess academic potential for graduate study and meet the general admissions requirements of the UCI Graduate Division. In addition to the requirements above, selection for admission will be based on the following criteria:
a.A minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate academic course work;
b.Two confidential letters of recommendation;
c.A statement of purpose (describing the applicant’s goals in seeking the Master’s degree); and
d.A resume or curriculum vitae (noting relevant work/academic experiences)
Application with personal information, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation are submitted through the on-line Graduate Division application portal. Resume or CV and unofficial transcripts (optional) should be emailed to email@example.com. Official transcripts must be mailed to the following address:
Dept. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
321 Steinhaus Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2525