Thumbnail P.S.M. Conservation Biology

Do you want to preserve the species, habitats, and ecosystems in our world?
Degree Type Professional Science Masters
Careers and Salary Career Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's online Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree in Conservation Biology combines flexible coursework and a diverse research focus to address the human impact on threatened and endangered species, habitats and ecosystems around the world.

Our nationally recognized faculty will train you to evaluate and understand conservation practices in ecology, biodiversity, fisheries, watershed management, native species and habitats, global climate change, environmental laws and regulations and natural resource management.

100% of coursework is online - Take classes anywhere, anytime.

Our graduates work as professionals in conservation biology, environmental science, cellular and molecular biology, aquatic and marine science for public and private businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The unique 18-month distance-learning program prepares you to:

  • Articulate the causes and consequences of anthropogenic disturbances on biodiversity
  • Research and critically interpret scientific literature to formulate hypotheses
  • Develop scientific foundational knowledge of current issues and problems
  • Apply contemporary analytical and experimental design techniques
  • Analyze and predict responses of biological communities to past and future disturbances
  • Assess the potential of conservation strategies to help protect biodiversity
  • Organize and work with diverse stakeholders to address environmental concerns

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Admission Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

Eligibility

To be admitted to the P.S.M. Conservation Biology program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science or a science-related field from an accredited institution.
  • Have earned a GPA of at least 3.0.

Those with a non-science related degree may be admitted if one of the three following conditions are met:

  • Completion of minimum competency course(s) with a grade of B or better,
  • Evidence of equivalent courses,
    or
  • Evidence of professional knowledge in this area. 

Application Deadline

  • July 1 for Fall admission
Objectives & Outcomes

Program Objectives

A key distinction of the Professional Science Master's degree program is the combination of rigorous scientific theory and skill with training and experience in management and communication skills necessary for a successful professional career. Graduates of the program will have advanced scientific skills and will be able to work effectively with business and industry.

The program combines a rigorous science curriculum with other opportunities to prepare graduates who will demonstrate:

  • strong communication skills in writing and oral presentation,
  • project management skills,
  • a multi/interdisciplinary understanding of organizational goals (e.g., profits, missions),
  • a familiarity with the commercialization profession,
  • the transfer of knowledge into process or process innovation, and
  • a deep understanding and application of ethical considerations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of biodiversity conservation
  • Articulate (via written and oral means) the causes and consequences of anthropogenic disturbances on biodiversity
  • Contrast different viewpoints from diverse stakeholders, including industry stakeholders, as they relate to conservation issues
  • Research and critically interpret scientific literature to formulate hypotheses and develop a strong working scientific foundational knowledge of current issues and problems
  • Apply contemporary analytical and experimental design techniques
  • Analyze responses of biological communities to past disturbances
  • Predict responses of biological communities to future disturbances
  • Assess the potential of conservation strategies to help protect biodiversity
  • Recommend possible mitigation strategies
  • Organize and work with diverse stakeholders to address environmental concerns
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