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Biodiversity and Conservation Management Graduate Programs

Earn your master’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation and Management or a graduate certificate in conservation science, data management, or leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Courses are completed entirely online—an ideal format for busy professionals.

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Complete three certificates + capstone to earn your master's degree.

In the Master of Science in Biodiversity Conservation and Management you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to manage complex conservation challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, species extinction, habitat loss, air and water pollution, intensive agriculture, and erosion. The program offers flexibility to earn the master’s degree or one or more certificates. Three of the certificates are stackable—by completing all three certificates plus the capstone project you’ll earn the master’s degree.

Biodiversity and Conservation Science—Stackable Certificate

3 courses. 9 credits. Focus on the principles of ecology and biodiversity, conservation planning, policy, the use of biological collections and taxonomic keys in conservation research and education, and explore approaches to conservation and land stewardship to address core conservation challenges.

Conservation Data Management and Analysis—Stackable Certificate

3 courses. 9 credits. Start with an overview of research project design including tools for acquiring, managing, and presenting conservation data. Learn how to visualize, interpret, and communicate data with hands-on experience in current applications, and foundational concepts in mapping and geospatial analysis.

Conservation Leadership, Policy, and Management—Stackable Certificate

3 courses. 9 credits. Focus on conservation project management, including grant writing, budgeting, building partnerships, cultural competency, leading diverse teams, ethics and advocacy, strategic planning, communications, and developing an understanding of treaties, laws, and policies.

Who Should Apply?

The Master of Science in Biodiversity Conservation and Management and graduate certificates in conservation science, data management, and leadership, are an ideal choice for busy adults seeking to expand their skills and advance their career in conservation or environmental management that need the flexibility an online program offers. As a graduate, you’ll be qualified to pursue leadership and management roles within nonprofit and government conservation organizations and other agencies within the biodiversity conservation field. Aptitude tests, such as the GMAT or GRE, are not required for admission. For more details about admission requirements, download the program guide.

New to biodiversity and conservation management? If you are new to biodiversity and conservation management, you can start with a foundational certificate that provides an introduction to the field by covering topics in conservation science, data management, and leadership. Foundations of Biodiversity Conservation and Management is a 3-course, 9-credit certificate that covers conservation ecology, conservation research and monitoring, and conservation design and management. Should you decide to continue with any of the stackable certificates or master’s degree, all courses and credits earned in this certificate will apply.


The University of Wisconsin is one of the largest and most widely respected public higher education systems in the country. By partnering with all UW System campuses to offer online degrees and certificates, students of UW Extended Campus programs receive a quality University of Wisconsin education—no matter where they live and work.

University of Wisconsin Biodiversity and Conservation Management is a partnership of UW Extended Campus and