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.


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.

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M.S. in Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development

The M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development combines interdisciplinary course work with field experience and thesis research, training students to handle the unique, multidisciplinary problems associated with conservation and sustainable development. Students work with faculty to become independent thinkers, researchers and decision-makers.

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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.

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Ph.D. in Ecology, Infectious Disease Ecology Across Scales (IDEAS) Emphasis

Building upon the interdisciplinary pedagogical approach established by the premier Odum School of Ecology, the Infectious Disease Ecology Across Scales (IDEAS) Program addresses the challenges associated with educating biologists in the modern era by providing them with technical skills to move flexibly among massively different biological scales of organization along with translational skills to apply knowledge gained in the laboratory to social practices in the real world.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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