The Environmental Conservation (EC) Program’s 32-credit curriculum is designed to train conservation leaders in practical interdisciplinary skills. Advance your leadership, conservation and environmental management expertise with curricula in conservation planning, land use policy, high-demand skills like GIS and grant writing, and through professional skills development.
Details and Timeline
Here’s how the 15-month curriculum program breaks down each semester.
In Person at UW-Madison
Kick off the summer with a two-week intensive seminar that includes:
- Field trips to learn about local conservation issues
- Social events to meet members of our professional network
- Classroom lectures and discussions to learn about the relevance of people skills and self-reflection for a variety of environmental topics
In Person at UW-Madison
Dive in to working with real clients on pressing conservation challenges, developing crucial skills in conservation planning using the Conservation Standards. Further your effectiveness through professional development in cross-cultural communication, diversity/equity/inclusion/justice, media and outreach training, presentations, and facilitation. Round out your experience in the areas you want to go deeper in, specializing through chosen elective coursework.
Distance learning provides flexibility to return home, head to your project site early, or manage your course schedule as you need to. Many students remain in Madison to join our in-person, yet virtually accessible, discussions weekly.
Second Summer Semester
Located at Individual Project Site
Independent practice (4 credits)
All courses are taught by UW-Madison faculty and instructional staff who are passionate about this field and excited to bring you into it. Here are some of the core instructors for the Environmental Conservation curriculum.
Professor of Environmental Studies
What Our Students Say
"The curricula utilized real, practical socio-environmental issues as learning tools. This helped me understand better the impact of my decisions as an environmentalist at the local and international levels."
– Nana Sakyiwa Brown-Wood, EC '17
Program Manager, Nia Tero
"... They teach us about ethics, how to listen, and how to reflect. These are the skills that give us the foundation to address any challenge."
Kelly Green Guilbeau, EC '19
Landscape Ecologist and Community Outreach Specialist, U.S. Geological Survey
Ready to Apply?
Check out the program requirements and qualifications, view the application timeline, and find tuition information and financial assistance.