Overview of M.S. in Ecology

Ecology master’s students work with faculty mentors to develop a focused research thesis that can be completed in about two years. Students gain rigorous training in theoretical ecology and skills in research design, data analysis, and communicating results to the broader public, while addressing a novel research question in basic and/or applied ecology. The M.S. in Ecology is an extremely flexible program; students design their own course curriculum under the guidance of their advisor and thesis committee.

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.

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.

Research Facilities

Facilities of the Odum School of Ecology in Athens and off-campus provide opportunities for training in a wide variety of environments. Off-campus research facilities include the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, the UGA Marine Institute, the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, the UGA Center for Research and Education at Wormsloe, and the San Luis Research Station in Costa Rica.

M.S. Graduates

Graduates from the M.S. Ecology program have gone on to successful careers in academia as well as the public and private sectors. Our alumni are employed in a variety of positions, including as university faculty, policy analysts, conservation directors, executives in nonprofit organizations, and officers in government agencies.

Prospective M.S. Ecology Information

About the Master’s in Ecology

Thank you for your inquiry about graduate work in the Ecology degree programs at The University of Georgia. Ecology is strong at the University of Georgia, and you will notice that we have a wide variety of course offerings from our diverse faculty. We attempt to structure the program of study to meet the needs of the individual student.

For admission to the M.S. program, you should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in an area of biological science, a strong undergraduate GPA, and three letters of recommendation. We strongly encourage applicants to contact faculty members with whom you are interested in working. Prior to admission, you must identify a faculty member who will serve as your major professor.

About Odum Financial Aid

For many students, financial aid is an important consideration for entering a graduate program. The annual competition for student stipend support takes place during February (Graduate School Assistantships) and April (Teaching Assistantships). Research assistantships, arranged through individual faculty members with grant funds, might be available, though demand for these positions is also high.  Thus due to the volume of applications received, it is best to have your application and all supporting materials submitted to both the Odum School of Ecology and the Graduate School no later than December 1.

Only applicants who have applied by December 1st, and are nominated by a potential major professor, will be considered for funding to attend the Odum School of Ecology’s graduate student recruitment event and Graduate Student Symposium in January.  The School’s Graduate Program Committee meets in mid-December to review completed applications and select 10-15 highly qualified applicants for travel funding to this invite-only event.

To Apply for Master’s in Ecology Program

To make formal application for the M.S. degree program in Ecology, you should submit additional information to the Graduate Program Office, such as your statement of purpose, and curriculum vitae (if not previously uploaded to your application). All other supporting materials such as application, application fee, transcripts (from each institution attended), and letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions in the Graduate School.

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