Program Overview

The University of Florida’s Master of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation, with a concentration in Ecological Restoration, is a science-based course of study that is offered through an entirely online format. This program is delivered through the university’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and administered under the School of Forest Resources and Conservation. This program was designed to address the national need for individuals trained in this field. This need is at a high as private companies and agencies involved in ecological restoration are striving to rebuild their work force with professionals and graduate students who have a solid and thorough education in this field. The School of Forest Resources and Conservation designed this program’s distance learning format to give place-bound professionals a unique opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Ecological Restoration without the difficulty and expense of putting their career commitments on hold and moving to a new location.

This program’s emphasis is on Ecological Restoration, which deals with the process of assisting the management and recovery of ecological integrity. Ecological integrity relates to several facets of the environment, including biodiversity, ecological processes and structures, regional and historical contexts, and sustainable use. Thus, students in this program will learn how to use human intervention to recover nature’s integrity and restore the environment to its natural state. This program doesn’t require a thesis, and the diverse and thorough curriculum consists of 30 credits, or ten courses. Have of the curriculum consists of strictly concentration coursework, and then students have the freedom to tailor the remaining five courses based on their personal interests and professional goals. Some of the elective subjects span the topics of forestry, fisheries, soil/water science, wildlife, entomology, and many other disciplines.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least 3.0 upper division grade point average

    School Overview

    The University of Florida is a public research university located in Gainesville, Florida. The university is a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant university. Founded in 1853, UF was the first state-supported higher learning institution in Florida. At UF, our students utilize more than 200 research, service and education centers, bureaus and institutes. With some of the most future-focused facilities led by some of the best minds in their fields, it’s no wonder UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities.

    UF has 16 academic colleges and over 150 research facilities, offering students the ability to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. University of Florida offers many degree programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level entirely online.


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