Integrative Conservation and Anthropology

Degree: Interdisciplinary Degrees

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Students in Integrative Conservation may choose from one of four majors: Integrative Conservation and Anthropology; Integrative Conservation and Ecology; Integrative Conservation and Forestry and Natural Resources; or Integrative Conservation and Geography. Faculty interests are diverse and include political ecology, remote sensing, stream ecology, and wildlife health. Graduate students work in all areas of the globe, conducting original research and interning with conservation organizations and government agencies.
Graduate students in Integrative Conservation are eligible for a variety of assistantships or fellowships. In addition, students on fellowship or assistantship pay a reduced tuition of only $25 per semester. Applications are due in early January to enter the graduate program the following fall semester. To ensure consideration for graduate assistantships, applications should be completed by January 1st.
If you have questions about Integrative Conservation, you may contact Meredith Welch-Devine, 706/542-7681


Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Old College
Athens, GA 30602-1732
Phone: 706/542-3400

Academic Department

Baldwin Hall
Athens, GA 30602-1619
Phone: 706/542-3962


Graduate Coordinator

Nik Heynen


Degree requirements include the successful completion of course work and comprehensive exams and submission of a dissertation consisting of original, integrative research in conservation. In the first two semesters, students take a core curriculum in integrative conservation and begin attending the required speaker series. Advanced courses in specialized areas are also available through the many affiliated departments. The remainder of the program of study is designed by the student and his or her advisory committee to provide both disciplinary depth and a broad integrative vision of conservation. Students will be prepared for careers in research and teaching in academia, as well as for work in conservation or development NGOs or government agencies. Completion of the Ph.D. usually requires five to six years.

Applicants are expected to have a high GPA and strong GRE scores. Consideration of candidates for financial assistance begins January 1 and is generally concluded by mid-April. Financial assistance begins with the fall semester. International students whose native language is not English must have a TSE score of at least 50 or a TOEFL Academic Speaking Test (TAST) score of 26 for acceptance. A TOEFL test without this speaking test component may not be substituted. Additional information is on the following webpage:



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