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Master’s in Wildlife Conservation and Management

Master of Professional Science

Next start date is March 15. No GRE needed and applying is free!!

Understand, teach, and practice conservation

Advance your career on your terms. Build conservation knowledge and credentials. Confront threats to wildlife, habitats, and sustainable communities.

Unity College’s online Master of Professional Science in Wildlife Conservation and Management requires no GRE and can be completed in as little as a year. It’s the perfect next step for professionals in wildlife biology, education, land management, ecology, and other fields.

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Number of zoologist and wildlife biologist jobs in 2018.


Median pay for zoologists and wildlife biologists, 2018.


Estimated job growth through 2028 for zoologists and wildlife biologists.

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.

What students are saying

“The weekly assignments and interpretative exercises helped me to apply the knowledge I gained from the readings and/or videos. This application has helped me to retain the information so that I could understand the concepts presented the following week.”

“The assignments for this course were very useful in helping to understand further the concepts and technicalities of R which is an extremely difficult program to learn. The interpretive exercises were also nice because they really got you thinking about the concepts of that week and applying them to the ‘real world’.”


Wildlife conservation and management master’s program

Study topics across disciplines to understand the full scope of conservation. Understand the environment in the context of sustainability science. Engage in a transdisciplinary study. Graduate a leader in your field, ready to tackle environmental issues caused by a changing climate.

Professional Wildlife Biologist Track:

  • state and federal wildlife biologists
  • recent graduates who want a career in natural resource management
  • environmental scientists who want to expand their wildlife management knowledge
  • professional ecologists who want an advanced degree
  • and anyone who is interested in advancing their career in wildlife biology or management of natural resources.

Conservation and Management Track:

  • land trust or non-profit land managers
  • teachers who want more experience and to augment their academic credentials
  • NGO Conservation Organizations
  • environmental advocates

NOTE: Interested applicants in the Master’s in Wildlife Conservation and Management, Professional Wildlife Biologist Track are expected to have previously studied Statistics and Ecology, Wildlife Biology or Natural Resource Management. There are no pre-requisite classes for the Master’s in Wildlife Conservation and Management, Conservation and Management Track.

It’s time to step up and make a difference. Apply online.

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Learn from America’s Environmental College.

As a student in the wildlife conservation and management program, you’ll benefit from:

  • Personalized attention. Online classes average 10 students, meaning you’ll receive ample attention from your professors.
  • Quick time to completion. Take classes full-time and you can finish your master’s in as little as 12 months.
  • Begin your degree on one of five start dates. All classes are offered online, so you can earn your degree from anywhere in the world.  
  • Professional resources. From world-class faculty to free access to GIS software, you’ll be prepped for success.
  • No test scores. No GRE or GMAT required for application. That’s one less thing on your plate. 
  • Recognized expertise. Unity College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, meaning your courses meet an academic standard.

 If you’re already working in the field of wildlife biology, conservation, natural resource management, or ecology, we encourage you to apply online.

I found that my experience with Unity College’s online master’s program was great! Professors gave office hours, emails, phone numbers, and even offered to Skype if a student needed a face-to-face conversation. I am so impressed with the quality of professors at Unity College. 

Hannah E.
Master’s in Wildlife Conservation and Management

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Degree requirements and courses

The master’s in wildlife conservation and management requires 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA. For a more comprehensive look into the program, download our program sheet or view our full course catalog.

Master’s in wildlife conservation and management courses

  • MATH 520 Quantitative Reasoning and Scientific Thought

    This course provides managers with a basic quantitative literacy to enhance their ability to evaluate and interpret current ecological literature, and to implement management procedures that help advance understanding of the systems they manage. Topics include ecological study design, use of models in ecology, and advanced statistical approaches such as information-theoretic and Bayesian methods.

  • SNRM 505 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

    This course considers the human dimensions aspects of natural resource management.  Topics include approaches to stakeholder involvement in management, conflict resolution, and decision-making approaches through case studies and human-dimensions research. Students learn principles that are needed to find science-based and socially acceptable solutions to natural resource management problems.

  • SNRM 515 Conservation Ecology

    Study concepts from multiple biological disciplines, including population ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, behavioral ecology, sociology, as well as sociology and policy. This discussion illustrates the value of transdisciplinary thinking in solving conservation challenges. You’ll practice management and conservation problem-solving by integration and application of course concepts to real-world case studies with an ecological focus.

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