The PhD in environmental conservation at UMass Amherst is recognized nationally and internationally among scientists and professionals.  

The comprehensive curriculum includes the core sciences, quantitative sciences, and human dimensions, and allows you to focus on any of these concentrations: 

You’ll learn from top faculty, some of whom are affiliated with our federal partners, such as the USGS Cooperative Fisheries and Wildlife Research Unit. Faculty and students jointly publish their research findings in leading scientific journals. 

UMass Amherst is also ideally situated close to 2,000 acres of university forests, the 800-acre Swift River Wildlife Management Area, and the 81,000-acre Quabbin Reservation of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

Our graduates are highly competitive for conservation science positions in academia, government, or the private sector.