School of Integrative Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Applied Conservation Science

The graduate certificate in applied conservation science provides students with hands-on education in conservation science. The courses in this program are all residential, full-day, one- or two-week intensive courses held at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia. This certificate is designed for early to mid-career conservation professionals working in government, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions worldwide.  

Students acquire essential skills in conservation research and practice while developing a crucial understanding of the principles and philosophies underlying effective conservation and biodiversity programs. They learn how to apply analysis techniques and tools to address those questions and evaluate conservation outcomes.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will have developed practical and analytical skills applicable to a wide range of programs in applied conservation science research, policy, and practice -- from single-species protection and landscape-level restoration and management to community conservation initiatives and human-wildlife conflict mitigation.

The graduate certificate in applied conservation science may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Core Courses

CONS 620 Spatial Ecology, Geospatial Analysis Remote Sensing for Conservation 3
CONS 625 Statistics for Ecology and Conservation Biology 3
Total Credits 6

Human Dimensions

Select one course from the following: 3
CONS 640
Adaptive Management for Conservation Success
CONS 660
Effective Conservation Leadership
CONS 665
Conservation Conflict Resolution
CONS 697
Special Topics in Conservation
Total Credits 3


Select 6 credits from the following: 6
CONS 630
Species Monitoring Conservation 1
CONS 635
Non-Invasive Genetic Techniques in Wildlife Conservation
CONS 640
Adaptive Management for Conservation Success 2
CONS 660
Effective Conservation Leadership 2
CONS 665
Conservation Conflict Resolution 2
CONS 697
Special Topics in Conservation 1
Total Credits 6

May be repeated for credit when topics are different.


If not used to fulfill human dimensions requirement

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