This program has been temporarily suspended effective Summer 2016.
The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in
Conservation Biology provides students with high-quality training in
evaluating, understanding, and providing solutions to society’s conservation
challenges. The program will teach relevant skills, provide expertise to meet
STEM workforce needs, prepare graduates for careers in the public and
CURRICULUMThe Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Conservation Biology is based on courses and an internship for a total of at least 31 credit hours. Courses include a range of subjects in addition to graduate biology courses (e.g., business, economics, law, policy). This broad background plus the internship experience prepares PSM graduates for employment related to conservation biology.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
The Conservation Biology Professional Science Master's program
consists of a minimum of 31 credit hours, including at least 15 credit hours
of core and restricted elective courses in conservation biology, 12 credit
hours of professional development (including courses in communications,
mathematics, philosophy, politics, public administration, and business
management), and 3 credit hours of internship. The program is designed to be
completed in two years.
With graduate program coordinator approval, a
maximum of 6 credit hours of directed research (6918) or independent study
(6908) may be used to meet degree requirements.
Conservation Biology Core—6-9 Credit Hours
Students must take two of the following courses.
- PCB 6042
Conservation Biology Theory (4 credit hours)
- PCB 6556 Conservation
Genetics (3 credit hours)
- PCB 6466 Methods in Experimental Ecology (3
- PCB 5326C Ecosystems of Florida (5 credit hours)
Professional Development Core—1 Credit Hour
take the following required course.
- PCB 6095 Professional
Development in Biology I (1 credit hour)
Conservation Biology Restricted Electives—9-13 Credit Hours
Students should select one course from each of the following subject
- ENY 5006C Entomology (4 credit
- PAZ 5235 Zoo and Aquarium Biology Management (3 credit
- PCB 6042 Conservation Biology Theory (4 credit hours)
- ZOO 6520 Behavioral Ecology (3 credit hours)
- ZOO 5456C Ichthyology
(4 credit hours)
- ZOO 5463C Herpetology (4 credit hours)
- ZOO 5475L Field Ornithology (3 credit hours)
- BOT 6623C Plant Ecology (4 credit hours)
- BSC 5332 Invasion
Biology (3 credit hours)
- PCB 5326C Ecosystems of Florida (5 credit
- PCB 5435C Marine Conservation Biology (4 credit hours)
- PCB 6035C Wetland Ecology (4 credit hours)
- PCB 6046 Advanced
Ecology (5 credit hours)
- PCB 6053C Restoration Ecology (4 credit
- PCB 6466 Methods in Experimental Ecology (3 credit
Evolutionary Biology, Applied Mathematics, and
- BSC 5824 Biogeography (4 credit hours)
- MAP 5117 Mathematical Modeling (3 credit hours)
- MAP 6938 Mathematical Biology
(4 credit hours)
- PCB 5447 Disease Ecology and Ecoimmunology (3 credit
- PCB 5935 Population Genetics (3 credit hours)
- PCB 6675C Evolutionary Biology (4 credit hours)
- PCB 6677 Molecular
Evolution (3 credit hours)
Professional Development Restricted
Electives—12 Credit Hours
Students should select at least 12 credit
hours of courses from the list below or comparable courses as approved by the graduate program coordinator.
- COM 6047 Interpersonal Support in
the Workplace (3 credit hours)
- EDS 6100 Leadership (3 credit
- INR 6352 Global Environmental Politics (3 credit hours)
- GEB 5516 Technological Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
- GEB 6115
Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
- GEB 6116 Business Plan Preparation
(3 credit hours)
- GEB 6518 Strategic Innovation (3 credit hours)
- MAN 6244 Organizational Behavior (1.5 credit hours)
- MAN 6448 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credit hours)
- MAN 6305 Human
Resources Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5041 Ethics and Values in
Public Administration (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5336 Introduction to Urban
Planning (3 credit hours)
- PAD 5338 Land Use and Planning Law (3 credit
- PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6353
Environmental Program Management Research (3 credit hours)
- PAD 6397
Managing Emergencies and Crises (3 credit hours)
- PHM 5035
Environmental Philosophy (3 credit hours)
- PUP 6201 Urban
Environmental Policy (3 credit hours)
- PUP 6208 Environmental
Politics (3 credit hours)
- PUP 6247 Continuing Issues in Environmental
Politics (3 credit hours)
Internship—3 Credit Hours
- IDS 6946 Internship in Conservation Biology (3 credit hours)
Additionally, all students pursuing the Professional Science Master's must
enroll in the following course:
- IDS 5949 Co-op Ed / Work Experience
(0 credit hours)
Students must register for IDS 5949 and IDS 6946
simultaneously. Students must complete the course with a satisfactory (S)
grade. If the student does not complete the course with a satisfactory grade,
the student will be asked to repeat the course to meet program
All students will
participate in an internship. During their internship, students will play an
active role in implementing active adaptive management, including monitoring
components, on public and private lands.
Finally, their understanding,
writing, and analytical skills will be evaluated by means of a written report
completed at the end of the internship and a presentation that is based on
their internship experience to be completed in the semester following the
Independent LearningThe internship program and report serve as the independent learning experiences for this program.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of recommendation that address the applicant's capabilities and likelihood of success as an M.S. student.
- A written statement of past experience and research, area of interest, and immediate and long-range goals
- A computer-based score of 230 (or 89 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.
Applicants do not need to have an undergraduate degree in a biological science, but are expected to have 18 hours of biological sciences, including ecology and genetics. Courses in organic chemistry, calculus, and statistics are also recommended. After acceptance, minor deficiencies must be remedied by enrollment in the appropriate course at the first opportunity.
Applicants who do not have a competitive GPA or GRE may occasionally be accepted if there is other convincing evidence of potential for high achievement and success. For U.S. applicants, GRE scores can be self reported prior by the submission deadline if the official score cannot be received in time. Admission will be conditional upon receipt of the official score. Applicants failing to satisfy minimum program criteria should submit a GRE Subject (Advanced) Biology Test score at or above the 50th percentile.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.