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Master’s in Conservation Law Enforcement

Master of Professional Science

We’ve reduced our graduate tuition!

Next start date is January 11. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Jumpstart your law enforcement career

Rise through the ranks. Safeguard natural resources. Build specialized skills that set you apart.  

Unity College’s unique online Master of Professional Science in Conservation Law Enforcement is the perfect next step for law enforcement pros who feel at home in nature. Enhance your communication, management, legal, and leadership skills as you learn from experts on protecting natural resources, animal populations, and habitats. 

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Number of fish and game warden jobs in the U.S., 2018.


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MPS Con Law students and alumni reported being employed in a job relevant to their degree

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unity college cannot guarantee employment. Salary data represents averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. 

Make a difference with a conservation law enforcement degree

Conservation law enforcement officers uphold federal laws regarding wildlife and natural resources. If you are already working as an officer, or in a similar field, Unity’s master is for you. You’ll gain the educational insight you need to advance to an administrator or management position.

Graduates of this program have gone on to work in roles such as Game Warden Colonel, Fish and Wildlife Lieutenant, Conservation Enforcement Sergeant, Marine Patrol Major, Forest Ranger Superior, and Chief Ranger at the National Park Service.

Why choose Unity for your conservation law enforcement degree?

  • Small class sizes. You’ll receive individualized attention with classes averaging 10 students each.
  • Flexible dates. Choose to begin your degree program on one of five start dates throughout the year.
  • Online format. Classes are all 100% online, meaning you can take them from anywhere in the world.
  • Quick completion. Attend classes full-time and you may complete your degree in 12 months.

Our online application is free and quick to complete. We don’t require GRE or GMAT scores either—at Unity, you are more than a number.

Master’s degree requirements and courses

The master’s in law enforcement conservation requires 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For a more comprehensive look into the program, view our full course catalog.

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Conservation Law Enforcement Sample Courses

  • CONL 515 Advanced Wildlife Law Enforcement

    Enforcers of wildlife laws around the globe face a multitude of challenges. Technology has created an interface of humans and wildlife that has changed the face of conservation enforcement. From a local to global perspective, you’ll analyze how technology and other enforcement practices can be used to combat the illegal taking of wildlife. We cover topics such as human dimensions, overt vs. covert operations, and surveillance practices.

  • CONL 525 Conservation Law Enforcement and Public Policy

    This course examines natural resource policy globally, and at the federal and state level demonstrating regional and societal differences. Enforcement administrators learn to understand the impacts of natural resource based policy and how it directs the focus of agency. From a global perspective various treaties and conventions will be discussed. At the state and federal level topics such as the Endangered Species Act, Lacey Act will be reviewed.

  • CONL 690 Conservation Law Enforcement Graduate Capstone

    Take on the role of an administrator in this capstone course. You will analyze a real life conservation enforcement issue in an enforcement agency and/or program. By applying research, legal principles, public policy, human resource, and financial concerns, you will prepare recommendations to best solve the problem.