Multiple Graduate Opportunities in the Conservation Science Program at the University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
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Graduate Assistantships
Depends on specific fellowship and/or assistantship
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Multiple Fellowship and Assistantship opportunities are available in the Conservation Science Program at the University of Minnesota. The Conservation Sciences Graduate Program provides world class graduate training and research opportunities. We prepare leaders to develop effective solutions to conservation and management challenges through understanding coupled biological and human systems. he Conservation Sciences Graduate Program, established in 1990, is a top-ranked national program and the largest interdisciplinary program at the University of Minnesota, with over 100 faculty members from 28 departments, 8 colleges, and 11 agencies. It offers graduate opportunities that genuinely integrate problem-solving across the social and biological sciences. Our students are trained in one of the three tracks: 1) Conservation Science, 2) Fisheries and Aquatic Biology and 3) Wildlife Ecology and Management. All three tracks provide M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Conservation Sciences, optional joint degrees with the Law School (JD/MS, JD/PhD), as well as opportunities to pursue a minor in other relevant graduate programs, (e.g. American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Geographic Information Science). All three tracks share a core curriculum that builds strong cohorts and primes students for success with foundational knowledge and a supportive community. Our students will gain foundational knowledge in conservation biology; specifically (1) organismal and population biology, (2) ecosystem and landscape ecology, (3) participatory decision-making, policy, and other social processes, (4) ecosystem services, and (5) analysis and interpretation of complex data. The Conservation Sciences Graduate Program is committed to an environment where diverse views are honored and included. Our students and faculty bring unique perspectives from different cultures and backgrounds learned through their life and work experiences. We are working towards increasing the number of historically underrepresented groups in the field of Conservation Sciences. We work with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education to provide a network of support programs that engage and cultivate our students and help them achieve their goals.
Applicants to the program in Conservation Sciences must have a bachelor's degree or its foreign equivalent from a recognized college or university and must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota. Although the majority of students come with a degree in biology or a closely related fields, the program admit students from other backgrounds such as social science, economics, policy etc. The students with limited or no biology background may be required to make up selected courses in basic biology and/or ecology. You do not need a Master's degree to apply to the Doctoral (Ph.D.) program. Some of our students receive their Master's degree while completing their requirements for the Ph.D. and others only receive the Ph.D. A statement of career goals (also known as a Personal statement), a diversity statement, a CV and three letters of recommendation evaluating the applicant's potential for graduate study are required. A personal and a diversity statement are opportunities for applicants to articulate their personal career goals, research interests, views on diversity and inclusion as well as how they plan to contribute towards the conservation community. Each statement should be about 1-2 pages. GRE The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is NOT required for admission. English language proficiency International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. A TOEFL, MELAB, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Cambridge C1 Advanced test is required for applicants whose first language is not English.
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