Antioch University New England

Environmental Studies (MS) with a concentration in Conservation Biology


40 Avon Street

Keene, NH 03431

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Environmental Studies (MS) with a concentration in Conservation Biology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

What kind of person makes a great conservation biologist? It’s someone who loves to be outside looking at animals and plants, but who’s also competent in front of a computer doing GIS and statistical analyses; someone who likes to grapple with tough ecological concepts, but whose research priorities center on questions with practical, immediate application; someone who delights in nature, and is committed to understanding the rigorous science needed to save it. Does this sound like you?

Our Conservation Biology concentration gives students the research and field skills to understand the linkages between ecology and real-life conservation issues. Central to the program is the verifying capstone. You can verify your master’s level skills by conducting thesis research, producing an applied project, or by engaging in a collaborative service learning initiative. These capstones allow you to demonstrate your knowledge on how to plan, design and implement and report a substantial project. All capstones allow you to define research questions, collect conceptual and background information from related studies, identify protocols for appropriate data collection and analysis, and follow the work through to its completion.

Field Work: Get Your Feet Wet

The Conservation Biology concentration emphasizes the importance of practical field experience. Core requirements include a mix of conceptual and practical classes, research, and practica. Graduates leave with a well-rounded education, and are able to do rigorous science and understand the social perspectives essential to forging effective conservation initiatives. By learning to link science to the conservation and management goals typical of nonprofit groups, state and federal wildlife agencies, and commercial consulting firms, Conservation Biology students are well prepared to make a real difference in the world.

Combine your Antioch experience with the Peace Corps and save.

Peace Core   Combine on-campus coursework at AUNE with two years of service in the Peace Corps and earn 12-credits, tuition-free, as Peace Corps volunteers. Save up to $12,000 in tuition and fees and have an international experience of a life-time by being part of our Masters International Program.

Program Delivery

  • 42 credits
  • Fall & Spring Entry
  • Classes on Thursdays and Fridays or Fridays and weekends
  • 5 semesters required to complete coursework; thesis or project work variable in duration, depending on topic


Antioch University, and therefore New England, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. All degree programs are also approved by the New Hampshire Postsecondary Commission.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 42

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 890 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Distant Town

Size & Settings: 0-999

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