Master’s Program in Conservation and Restoration at UC-Irvine is accepting 
applications for Fall 2018

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for 
Environmental Biology (CEB) at the University of California, Irvine are 
accepting applications for the Masters in Conservation and Restoration 
Science (MCRS) graduate program providing training for students interested 
in careers in the research and management of natural resources. Now 
accepting applications for the second cohort of MCRS students for Fall 
2018! Sectors and potential careers for MCRS graduates include: non-profit 
land management sector, local and federal government agencies, and 
environmental consulting firms. For more information, visit the MCRS 
webpage (, or contact program administrators at
The MCRS degree will provide students with the academic and professional 
skills needed to study, protect, and conserve natural resources, and to 
hold leadership and management positions in environmental fields related to 
conservation, restoration, and sustainability. Potential applicants will 
need a B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably in the natural sciences (biology, 
conservation biology, ecology, environmental science, forestry, wildlife 
biology, horticulture, or similar degree title) from a fully accredited 
academic institution. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other areas 
will be considered, but must demonstrate proficiency in the natural 
sciences and/or practical experience working in this professional field.

The program includes two years of coursework and activities, including 18 
units of core courses (e.g., ecology, conservation science), 16 units of 
topical electives (e.g., environmental policy, land use policy), 18 units 
of technical and professional skills courses (e.g., technical writing, 
GIS), and 8 units associated with technical and professional workshops 
(e.g., regional professional gatherings). A collaborative, year-long group 
capstone project (12 units), aligned with community partners, integrates 
the program’s learning objectives and applies student’s new skills to key 
environmental challenges facing society.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Our next round of 
applications will be reviewed for admission after July 1, 2018.

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