The Nelson Institute’s Environmental Conservation (EC) program is a 15-month master of science degree. The program prepares you to successfully enter, navigate, and take the lead on the most pressing environmental challenges today, training you how to apply practical interdisciplinary skillsets to a broad range of careers in conservation. Learn relevant ecological, social, and professional skills to facilitate more effective decision making, better work with people, and ultimately lead to stronger environmental outcomes.
The next cohort starts in June 2022 and there’s still time to apply! We are accepting applications until February 1 (international) and April 1 (domestic). Visit the How to Apply page for details and watch videos from our webinar series to learn about our programs, explore career options, and get tips to make your application stand out.
Conservation Skills for a Changing World
What You Will Learn
- Problem-solving techniques and effective environmental decision-making (e.g., conservation planning, program evaluation)
- Strategic communication focused on improving interpersonal skills, those most crucial in leading to positive conservation outcomes
- Discipline-specific knowledge (e.g., conservation science, land use policy, GIS, fundraising, protected area management)
- Professional development and intentional career planning
Areas of Focus
- Climate change adaptation
- Wildlife ecology and habitat conservation
- Land use change and management
- Freshwater resources and protection
- Environmental justice and equity
Skills for Interdisciplinary Leaders
The 32-credit Environmental Conservation MS curriculum provides practical interdisciplinary skills for more effective conservation leaders. Advance your leadership, conservation and environmental management expertise with curricula focused on:
Your Passion, Your Project
We help each student craft a unique and meaningful final project. We explore your background, your professional goals, and your dreams to make the world a better place. Together, we match you with our extensive network of partners around the world.
Meet Some of Our Students
We're Here to Help
Wondering if the Environmental Conservation program is right for you? Our coordinators are happy to learn more about your background and interests and answer your questions.
Meghan is the coordinator for the Environmental Conservation MS program. Meghan works closely with students before, during, and after their time in the program to dig deeper into their personal strengths, values, goals, and professional skills gaps. She supports students with intentional career planning, reflecting with the student to help them discover where they fit in as a professional in environmental conservation.
Meghan’s passion for nature inspired her to pursue studies in conservation biology, zoology, and environmental studies and later train as an educator for her master’s degree, going on to teach secondary science and later leading operations and outreach for a water conservation technology company in the Bay Area.
Meghan is trained as a global career development facilitator, she is currently involved in extensive leadership training and consistently engages in professional development opportunities to improve capacity development in conservation.