University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

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Conservation Leadership (MCL)

University of Guelph - Office of Graduate Studies

Field of Study:Natural Resources Management and Policy
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,800

This estimate represents the tuition per semester.

Careers:Natural and Applied Science Policy Researchers, Consultants and Program Officers


The professional practice of environmental conservation has undergone rapid transformation over the past 20 years. Ongoing environmental and climate change, alongside a shift in conservation governance methods, means that the conservation of our biodiversity has never been more complex, nor more urgent. The Master of Conservation Leadership program has been carefully designed to meet the needs of the conservation sector with an emphasis on innovative conservation practice including Indigenous-led conservation governance and private and working lands conservation.

This 24-month program has been expressly created to allow working conservation professionals the flexibility to complete course work while at the same time continuing to work in the field with their organization. Flexibility is provided through a hybrid teaching format, combining in-class and online learning.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*77
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  • A B+ (77%) average in the last completed degree
  • Additional Admission Requirements:
    • Letter(s) of Reference
    • Statement of Research Interests
    • Work Experience
  • 3 years working experience in the field of conservation post Bachelor’s Degree
  • A strong letter of recommendation from current or recent employer emphasizing the applicant’s leadership potential.
  • A statement of interest from the applicant
  • * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on November 13, 2022