There are only a few institutions in Florida that offer a Master of Science in Ecology or Biology with a concentration in ecology. These schools are located throughout Florida and vary greatly in their tuition rates, degree requirements and research/course topics. Here we discuss some of these unique differences as we take a more in-depth look at each school and the program it offers.
Schools in Florida with Master of Science Programs in Ecology
|School||Location||In-State, Graduate Tuition (2016-2017)*||Degree Available**|
|University of Florida||Gainesville, FL||$10,770||M.S. Interdisciplinary Ecology|
|Florida Institute of Technology||Melbourne, FL||$22,338||M.S. Biological Science - Ecology|
|University of South Florida||Tampa, FL||$8,350||M.S. Biology - Ecology and Evolution|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School Websites
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Master of Science in Ecology Programs in Florida
University of Florida
The University of Florida offers graduate students a unique master's program in interdisciplinary ecology that combines coursework from ecology and related social science and places a large emphasis on sustainability. Some areas of research for students to choose from include, but are not limited to, sustainable development, natural resource ecology and environmental policy and management. Master's students in the program must complete a thesis and 36 credit hours, which include advanced ecology courses, electives, courses with a focus in a related discipline, a statistics course and a graduate seminar. Students applying to the program must submit a statement of purpose, which will be used to help identify a potential major advisor.
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Institute of Technology has a Master of Science in Ecology degree program that offers students valuable hands-on learning experiences and laboratory research opportunities in addition to advanced coursework in the field. Students in the program can participate in internships with Florida Institute of Technology faculty members, and choose from a wide range of research topics, including climate change, invasive species, coral-reef ecology, bacterial genetics and more. Students applying to the program need to contact potential advisors and submit GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and a statement of objectives. The degree program requires students to complete 30 credit hours of coursework, research hours and a thesis seminar in which students write and prepare to defend an original thesis.
University of South Florida
The University of South Florida offers potential graduate students a Master of Science in Biology program with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution. Students who choose this concentration must complete 30 semester credit hours beyond their bachelor's degree, which should be completed in 2 to 3 years and must be completed within 5 years. Students in the program must also successfully complete an oral comprehensive qualifying examination at the end of their first year, fulfill their seminar requirement with a thesis seminar and defense and submit a thesis to the school. With help from their advisor and graduate committee, graduate students will choose from coursework in topics such as population ecology, conservation biology, statistical ecology, herpetology, ichthyology, restoration ecology and community ecology.
The University of Florida, Florida Institute of Technology and the University of South Florida all offer Master of Science degree programs that focus on ecology. All three schools require students to complete a thesis, but differ in other degree requirements and available areas of research.