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Natural Resources Conservation (M.S.)

Master (ISCED 2011 level 7)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost $25,040

Develop an advanced skillset focused on balancing the essential health and stability of soil, water, and biodiversity with the demands of a rapidly-growing global human population.

Successful professionals in this rapidly-growing field are expected to possess an integrated knowledge of natural sciences, social sciences, policy development, and conservation laws. Increase your workplace competitiveness and growth potential by earning an advanced professional credential that is critical for assuming leadership roles in environmental careers.

Focus your work by choosing among three concentrations:

  • Forest Resource Management
  • Aquatic Resource Management
  • Sustainable Communities

Flexible Coursework Online

Designed with adult learners in mind, the master’s degree can be completed in 12 months. Most coursework is delivered online for easy access from any location, and learning is reinforced in three short residencies that immerse students in the unique natural landscape on and around the Paul Smith’s College campus. These onsite sessions build deep connections and professional networks with faculty and peer students while allowing learners to continue their careers and personal lives wherever they live.

Recent graduates, military veterans, and full-time professionals can all achieve an advanced degree without sacrificing their ability to earn an income.

In addition to a rigorous study of natural ecosystems, environmental ethics, and best practices for planning, management and research, students will work in small teams to conduct a hands-on conservation project working with real clients in the field.

Students can opt to embed their final project with their current workplace, thereby enhancing and advancing their engagement with an existing professional community.

Structural components
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Project management
Conservation and environmental management
Marine spatial planning