Master’s in Environmental Management (Galápagos)

Environmental Management, Mention in Socioecosystem Management (Galapagos)

General information

Master in Environmental Management, Mention in Socioecosystem Management.

2 years
Courses: 13
Total credits: 45
Academic hours: 2136 hours.

Classes 3 days a week.

On Fridays from 17h00 to 21h00, on Saturdays from 08h00 to 14h00, and on Sundays from 08h00 to 13h00.

Total cost:
Registration: $1,363.60
Tuition: $13,636.00
*Scholarship for permanent residents in Galapagos
*Final value, including scholarship for permanent residents in Galapagos: $13,000

Start of classes:
August 2019.

Dates of entrance examination:
May 18, June 15, July 13, 2019.


This professional expertise is born from an integral approach to Environmental Management, based on four axes: Biophysical Environment, Human Environment, Environmental Management, and Institutional Environment. In this inter and multidisciplinary scheme, the conservation needs of natural resources and the social demands of the populations that depend on these resources are linked throughout the program, allowing the understanding, analysis, and solution of environmental problems from a social perspective. This orientation is conjugated with a solid formation in the handling of tools of environmental and organizational planning, the comprehension of the policy, and the effective environmental legislation; as well as with tools of communication and environmental negotiation, that tend to achieve the participative management of the natural resources and the environment. All this, together with the academic experience and relations with the authorities and the community that the Universidad San Francisco de Quito has achieved in almost two decades of presence, experience, and work in the islands.

Candidate profile:

This program is aimed at professionals who preferably have a third or fourth level degree registered in the SENESCYT in:

  • Specific Field: Environment, Forestry, Veterinary, Law.
  • Detailed Field: Biology, Agricultural and Livestock Production, Technology and Environmental Protection, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Geography and Territory, Administration, Tourism.
  • Degree Course: Sociology, Anthropology, Education.

Occupational field

The formation of human talent with adequate knowledge, competencies, and skills for better management of socio-ecosystems, environmental planning, formulation of projects aimed at environmental management, and the promotion of civil society participation in the resolution of environmental conflicts, is a priority in the province of Galapagos. A deep knowledge of the Galapagos reality is essential to reach a mature understanding of the system.

The offer of formation of the Master in Environmental Management, with mention in Management of Socioecosystems, looks for to take care of the separation between the technical knowledge and the understanding of the social scene. It is directed, to a great extent, to professionals who already occupy positions in different levels of management in the zonal coordinations and provincial directions of the different state portfolios that operate in the province, the public entities at regional level, the secretariats of environment and planning of the Decentralized Autonomous Governments, the non-governmental organizations in the fields of conservation and development, as well as initiatives of private nature dedicated to the sustainable management of the environment.

At the national and local levels, the fields of action for the Environmental Management training program are numerous and diverse, both public and private. Within the public sector, the insertion would take place at different levels of management within the portfolios of the central State associated with planning and socio-environmental management; while in the decentralized instances it would take place mainly in the departments or secretariats of planning and environment. In the private sphere, the professionals would be inserted in the non-governmental organizations dedicated to the conservation and management of the environment at the national and regional levels. In addition, there are private companies whose productive activities have harmful effects on the environment, as well as those dedicated to the production of goods and services based on the sustainable use of the environment.

It is important to emphasize that, because it is a socially and environmentally complex system, the professional trained in the Galapagos scenario will acquire knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary for the management of socio-ecosystems at the national level, as well as in other highly biodiverse countries with great challenges to face in terms of conservation and sustainable development.


The Professional Master's Degree in Environmental Management with a mention in Socioecosystem Management seeks to contribute to the sustainable management of the environment in ecologically vulnerable and socially complex systems. To do so, it will train professionals with high academic quality specialized in environmental management, capable of leading initiatives in environmental management and planning, conservation, sustainable use of natural resources, and participatory management of the environmental system, with an integrative vision that allows them to watch over the balance between the health of the environment and the satisfaction of social demands.

The program also seeks to provide the necessary theoretical and methodological bases for:

  • Identify and interpret the biophysical environment of the environmental system, and the social dynamics generated around the use of natural resources.
  • Propose and apply strategies for conservation and management of natural resources and the environment, under the principles of participatory management.
  • To apply the principles that govern the management of the institutional environment (the administration of organizations and projects, regional planning and the pertinent legal framework) to the solution of socio-environmental problems.
  • Face-to-face program on the San Cristobal Island campus.
  • Program schedule compatible with other work schedules.
  • Classrooms and laboratories equipped for academic and research activities.
  • Field activities for knowledge application.
  • Scholarships available for residents of Galapagos.
  • Payment facilities.


Basic requirements:

  • Have a 3rd level degree registered in the SENESCYT, preferably in one of the following:
    • Specific Field: Environment, Forestry, Veterinary, Law.
    • Detailed Field: Biology, Agricultural and Livestock Production, Technology and Environmental Protection, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Geography and Territory, Administration, Tourism.
    • Degree Course: Sociology, Anthropology, Education.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to A1 of the Common European Framework.
  • Copy of identity card or passport
  • Grade report with grade (may be submitted until the end of the first semester)
  • Official transcript (may be submitted until the end of the first semester)
  • Registration of the title in the printed SENESCYT
  • Pass the USFQ postgraduate admission exam. To do so, refer to the USFQ Postgraduate Admissions Process:

Requisitos específicos del programa:

  • Provide three academic letters of recommendation (if you obtained your last degree in the last two years); or professional letters of recommendation (if more than two years have passed since you obtained your last degree).
  • Letter of Intent for admission to the Program.

Financiamiento y becas

Payment: Cash, Check, Credit Card.
USFQ Alumni have 10% discount.

Total payment

*Up to 12 months interest free with cards from Banco del Pichincha, Banco de Guayaquil, Diners Club and Discover. Other cards only current payment.

Semester payments or for academic periods:

*Up to 6 months interest free with cards from Banco del Pichincha, Banco de Guayaquil, Diners Club and Discover.

* Conditions apply

Monthly payments

**Financing plan through checks that will be cashed monthly.

**Educational credit / financial institutions, or payment by check or Boucher guarantee, while the bank makes the disbursement.

** To define your payment plan (Option 3 or 4), contact Robert Gonzales at 2971700 ext. 1892. Office E 100.


In accordance with the Graduate Program Scholarship Regulations, all admitted applicants who are permanent residents in Galapagos will receive a $2,000 scholarship that will be deducted from the total value of the program fees. In addition, two (2) fifty percent partial scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate academic excellence and financial need during the admissions process.

For more information, contact us at the phone numbers and e-mail addresses listed in the contact section.


Cooperation Agreement with the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park, entity in charge of implementing the Management Plan for Protected Areas of Galapagos for Good Living.

Program contact:

For more information:

Diana Pazmiño, Ph.D.
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 5025

Santiago Tapia
Postgraduate Coordinator – Admissions 
Telephone: (+593 2) 297-1700 ext. 1824