M.S. in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science

Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Graduate Program

The program is no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Cohort. We are launching a new online application system for Fall 2022 that will go live in July 2021. Please stay tuned for updates.

Program Application Term: Fall 2022 Priority deadline: December 1, 2021

Applications will be accepted after Dec 1 on a rolling basis until all slots for Fall 2022 are filled.

In addition, we will have separate calls for funding opportunities, including graduate assistantships and scholarships. These are dependent on funding and will most likely have deadlines in early January. Check back on this website for updates.

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Welcome to the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Graduate Program! The TCBES program is emerging as a center of excellence in the Pacific that is capitalizing on Hawaii’s unique natural resources that are integral to the state’s cultural, economic, and scientific enterprises, and by extension, to those of the entire nation and other Pacific nations. The TCBES Program mission is to provide MS-level graduate education that: a) fosters knowledge of theory and techniques in conservation biology and environmental sciences, including basic, applied, and socio-ecological research, and b) promotes scholarly activities in marine and terrestrial environments that will enable participants to pursue careers in research and natural resource management.

Program Description

The primary purpose of the Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science is to provide graduate training in conservation biology and environmental science to those with baccalaureate degrees and those currently working in related scientific fields. The program will utilize the extraordinary biological, physical, and cultural complexity of the island of Hawaiʻi as a focus of investigation and study. The program will prepare students for technical positions and for entry into Ph.D. programs in related fields.

Two Plans of Study

Thesis Track
requires course work (30 credits) and a thesis of original research.
Professional Internship Track
requires course work (36 credits), a 600-hour internship, and research papers.

Please visit the TCBES Catalog to review course requirements for all M.S. TCBES students

Recommended Baccalaureate Courses for Admission to the Program

  • 2 years of chemistry
  • 1 year of calculus
  • 1 course in geographic information or remote sensing
  • 1 course in statistics
  • 2 courses in life sciences
  • 2 additional courses in physical sciences