Master's in Tropical Ecology & Conservation

College of Biological and Environmental Sciences
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Degree
Master's in Tropical Ecology & Conservation
Duration

4 semesters and 1 summer session

Subjects: 14

Total credits: 58

Teaching Mode
Face to face learning
Schedule

The number of daily hours may vary, depending on the timetable of each day. Field trips may occasionally include weekends.

Start of Classes
August, 2021
Approval

Approved on 26 August 2020

RPC-SO-19-No.411-2020

Total Cost

$14.449,60
Fees: $1.313,60
Tuition: $13.136,00
Scholarships of up to 50% of the fee will be awarded.

Application Examination Dates

23 January 2021

20 February 2021

20 March 2021

Programme-specific knowledge test

6 February 2021

6 March 2021

3 April 2021

Priority for scholarships will be given to early applications.

Description

This graduate program aims to form professionals who will contribute to understanding the ecological processes that regulate populations, communities, and ecosystems in the tropics in an evolutionary framework. It also seeks to provide tools for fostering biodiversity conservation and developing plans for ecological restoration, maintenance of environmental services, and adaptation/mitigation in the face of global climate change.

Aplicant's profile

This program is designed for professionals with degrees in Biology, Genetics, Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Ecology, and related disciplines. In case of degrees obtained outside of Ecuador, the title will have to be apostilled or certified via the country’s consular office in Ecuador. The USFQ will verify the validity of the degree, following the Ecuadorian legislation. Once accepted, the applicant will have to register the degree at SENESCYT (the National Secretariat for Superior Education, Science, and Technology) before the program's start date.

Workfield

Our graduates will be prepared to do independent research and work as part of inter and multidisciplinary groups in educational, research or conservation institutions, governmental or non-governmental organizations dedicated to areas related to ecology and conservation, or continue their path towards an academic career.

Advantages

The Master’s in Tropical Ecology and Conservation at USFQ conjugates a great diversity of advantages that allow our graduate students to:

  • Obtain a solid theoretical and practical education based on research, offered and supervised by the best faculty in Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador.
  • Have access to excellent research laboratories in Marine Ecology (Galapagos Islands), Aquatic Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Biotecnology, and Environmental Engineering, among others.
  • Take advantage of research opportunities in our biological stations in the Galapagos Islands and Tiputini (Yasuní National Park), and the network of nature reserves managed by our strategic partners.
  • Be part of the team of the research institutes and centers of the USFQ: Instituto Biósfera, iBIOTROP, Instituto de Geografía, Instituto de Ecología Aplicada, Instituto de Microbiología, and Galapagos Science Center.
  • Learn in a program taught in English, with international invited professors, and a modern perspective towards basic and applied research, which will offer opportunities to connect with researchers and research labs in Ecuador and countries around the world.

Requirements to apply

Basic requirements (requested by the USFQ Graduate School)

  • To have an undergraduate degree in Biology, Genetics, Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Ecology, and related disciplines. The diploma must have Apostille or be certified via the consular office of the issuing country in Ecuador. Once accepted, the applicant will have to register the degree at SENESCYT (the National Secretariat for Superior Education, Science, and Technology) before the program's start date.
  • Proof of English proficiency, equivalent to B1 level of the Common European Framework. Proficiency may be proved by taking the USFQ English exam or providing certification for taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge exams within the last 2 years.
  • Copy of identification document (passport or Ecuadorian cédula).
  • Official transcripts.
  • Degree registered at SENESCYT (once accepted).
  • To approve the USFQ Graduate School exam. To take this exam (in Spanish), please go to /en/admissions/postgraduate

Specific Requirements of the Master’s Program

  • To approve the program exam. Because of the pandemic, the exam will be offered online. Exam questions will have an "essay" approach, aiming at evaluating the student’s knowledge on basic tenants of ecology, evolutionary biology, and experimental design trough the development or analysis of case studies. The exam will be developed in English to evaluate the student’s writing skills and synthesis ability of the students in this language.
  • Letter of intent, in English, explaining the student’s interest in becoming part of the master’s program.
  • Two recommendation letters from professional or academic supervisors (in English or Spanish). A higher value will be placed on application which recommendation letters come from potential Master's advisors within USFQ.
  • Complete Application Form (available from https://form.jotform.com/210195077019655 . In this form, the student will select his/her preferred date to take the program exam, upload the letter of intent, his/hers CV, as well as the name, affiliation, and contact of two references (that will be contacted requesting them a recommendation to the application).

Scholarships

To be eligible for all scholarships, applicants must first go through the application process and be accepted into the programme. The following scholarships are available.

100% scholarships (2)

These scholarships apply to students willing to participate in the project "Characterization of the impacts of grazing on GHG emissions in high-elevation paramo peatlands of the Ecuadorian Andes". More information on the project can be found at  https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=2915945761973442&set=a.1745665629001467.

To apply for this fellowship, applicants should simply click on the Fellowships section of the programme's Application Form. Once accepted into the programme, each applicant will have an interview with Dr. Esteban Suárez, Project Coordinator.
 

Scholarships of 50% of the programme fee (2)

The scholarships of 50% of the programme fee are designed for applicants who demonstrate excellent academic background (assessed through their application) and demonstrate financial need. 

To apply for these scholarships, students must complete an evaluation process of their financial situation, which is led by the USFQ Financial Aid Office. If they require this scholarship, applicants must indicate this on the Application Form so that the Programme Director can put them in contact with the Financial Aid Office.

To maintain this scholarship, students must maintain a GPA greater than 3.5/4 points.

Scholarships of $2,500 (Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars) off the programme fee (6)

These scholarships are designed for applicants who demonstrate an excellent academic background as assessed through their application. To apply for this scholarship, applicants simply click on the Scholarship section of the Application Form.

To maintain this scholarship, students must maintain a GPA greater than 3.5/4 points.

USFQ-UNC Chapell Hill Galapagos Science Center Scholarship (1)

Scholarship of $3.000 (three thousand dollars) discount of the program fee. 

This scholarship is designed for applicants who demonstrate excellent academic training (assessed through their application) and who are willing to work on projects in Galapagos, under the supervision of researchers associated with this research centre. To be eligible for this scholarship, it is preferable that one of the letters of recommendation be from a GSC-associated master's professor who expresses interest in advising the applicant on his/her thesis project. In addition, applicants should only "click" (for this scholarship) on the Scholarships section of the Application Form of the programme.

USFQ Institute of Geography Scholarship (1)

Scholarship of $3,000 (three thousand dollars) off the programme fee. 

This scholarship is designed for applicants who demonstrate excellent academic background (as assessed through their application) and who are willing to work on projects at the Institute of Geography. In addition, applicants need only click (for this scholarship) on the Scholarship section of the programme's Application Form.

To learn more about the projects developed by the Institute of Geography, visit http://institutodegeografia.org/

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