The University of Florida

Distance Learning

Ecological Restoration


PO Box 116100

Gainesville, FL 32609

United States


(352) 846-0146

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation, Ecological Restoration concentration

Format: Online

Program Description:

Ecosystems in Florida, the southeastern US, and the world face an unprecedented threat from climate change and human activities. The School of Forest Resources and Conservation (SFRC) now offers an online graduate concentration and certificate program in Ecological Restoration that address, a national need for professionals trained in this field and in particular targets working professionals and full-time graduate students in the Southeastern US. The need for such a program is at an all-time high as agencies and private companies involved in ecological restoration are striving to re-tool their work force with a solid academic training in ecological restoration. Because SFRC is offering this program on line, busy professionals and students at remote locations will have a unique opportunity to meet their academic goals without the difficulty and expense of interrupting their careers and moving from their current locations. They will have the opportunity to interact with experienced faculty and to build a learning community with fellow students. Students completing the MS concentration in Ecological Restoration will develop or strengthen their knowledge and skills allowing them to: Understand theoretical and technical knowledge from ecology, soils and other bio-physical sciences that form the intellectual foundation of ecological restoration Design restoration projects (upland and bottomland forests, wetlands, prairie, and dune) that consider knowledge areas outside students’ current area of expertise and in an interdisciplinary team environment Analyze critically and synthesize relevant primary information sources, such as technical reports and scientific publications Learn various techniques used in ecological restoration, and evaluation and monitoring Understand and appreciate the socio-economic, ethics, laws, policy and political dimensions of ecological restoration


The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belongs to the Association of American Universities.

International Student Requirements:

International students welcome; tuition rates set equally for in-state, out-of-state, and international at significant savings to students.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 30

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $500 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Domestic students are eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Locale: Midsize City

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