Graduate Handbook and Guide

Current Graduate Student Handbook (Google Doc)

Download the Guide for New Graduate Students (PDF) 

The ECo Grad Council has compiled a helpful guide for new and returning environmental conservation graduate students. This guide includes information and tips about the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) and related benefits and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS). It also includes information about other groups within and adjacent to the department, including the Environmental Conservation DEI committee, the Environmental Conservation GSS symposium, and the UMass BRiDGE initiative.

Graduate Program Forms

Below you will find fillable templates for various forms to mark your progress toward your degree. The graduate program director reviews your progress and sends required memos to the Graduate School in correspondence (i.e., ‘memo’) format, acting as a liaison between you/your committee and the university. Please check the Environmental Conservation Graduate Program Handbook and select the correct form for your degree track (PhD, MS, MSP) from the list below. 

You and your major professor are responsible for completing the appropriate forms and sending them to the graduate program director in a timely manner when communication with the Graduate School is required. The preferred way to collect your signatures is via DocuSign.

When your form is complete and signed, please save it with your last name followed by the filename of the template (i.e. last name_first initial_filename.pdf) and the PDF file here: GPD Memo Request/Form Submission, where it will be queued for review and submission to the graduate school.  

If your form requires more than one file, e.g. an appendix, please submit everything as a single PDF using last name_firstinitial_filename.pdf  format, using the name of the requested memo as the filename.  Please use this form rather than email, and be aware of any deadlines.  The GPD needs at least two full business days from the time you upload your complete/signed form to review and submit it to the Graduate School.  Detailed instructions are provided in this how-to document.

MS Professional Degree Forms:

MS Thesis Degree Forms:

PhD Degree Forms:

Miscellaneous Forms (for all students):

Contact the GPD:

If you have questions about the ECo Graduate Program, you can contact the Graduate Program Director or the appropriate Graduate Concentration Coordinator, e.g. via:

  • Graduate Program Director: