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 Professional 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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