Graduate students in the Odum School are part of a community of engaged and committed scholars exploring fundamental—and pressing—basic and applied questions in ecology. The Odum School offers doctoral, master’s, and certificate programs that provide students with an interdisciplinary course of study, allowing them to develop a broad background in ecology and related disciplines. Our research spans scales from local to global and from cell to biosphere, with major areas of strength in aquatic ecology, conservation ecology, disease ecology, ecosystem ecology/biogeochemistry, and evolutionary ecology/biogeography.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in academia as well as the public and private sectors. Our alumni include college and university faculty and administrators, environmental consultants, policy analysts, conservation directors, nonprofit executives, and officers in government agencies. At Odum our students have access to all the resources of a major research university, including world-class faculty and facilities in ecology and other units. Competitive fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships are available.
How to Apply
View the requirements for applying for the Odum School of Ecology’s graduate programs.
M.S. in Ecology
The M.S. in Ecology is focused on training in the natural and human environment and the integration of natural and socioeconomic systems. Students address research topics appropriate for a two-year program, learning research design, specialized skills, data analysis and interpretation, and how to communicate their results to the broader public.
M.S. in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development
The Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (CESD) master’s program aims to train the next generation of conservation professionals. The program combines coursework for building practical skills and essential knowledge with a master’s thesis under the direction of faculty members with both academic expertise and real-world conservation experience. Many graduates of the program hold leadership positions in conservation organizations and state and federal management agencies, while others have gone on to earn PhDs and law degrees.
Ph.D. in Ecology
Graduate studies at the Odum School of Ecology provide students with an interdisciplinary program that allows them to develop a broad background in ecology and related disciplines while providing rigorous theoretical and methodological training in ecology. Students work with faculty to become independent thinkers, researchers and decision-makers.
Ph.D. in Ecology, Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales (IDEAS) Emphasis
Interdisciplinary Disease Ecology Across Scales (IDEAS) is a National Science Foundation supported Research Traineeship Program that trains PhD students in new ways to solve infectious disease problems occurring at the interface of different scales of biological organization.
Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation and Ecology (ICON)
The University of Georgia’s Integrative Conservation Ph.D. program is designed to meet that need by ensuring that students gain disciplinary depth while also learning to collaborate across disciplines and fields of practice to seek integrative solutions to complex conservation challenges.
Certificate in Conservation Ecology
Students enrolled in any graduate degree program in the University of Georgia may apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development. This program is designed for students who wish to develop an area of specialty that complements their primary degree program. Some recent recipients of the certificate include students from anthropology, forestry, landscape architecture, education, and law.
Certificate in Environmental Ethics
The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program (EECP) is a non-degree program offered as an enhancement to an undergraduate or graduate degree. The EECP provides an interdisciplinary forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss social and scientific responsibilities toward our environment.