UCI is located on the shared ancestral territory of the Acjachemen and Tongva Peoples

About MCRS

The Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) at UCI is a highly collaborative program, portions of which will embed students into real-world conservation and restoration settings through community partnerships.

The MCRS program is offered through the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and the Center for Environmental Biology (CEB) within the School of Biological Sciences. It is targeted specifically to working adults and recent graduates (within the last five years).

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Why choose MCRS?

The Masters in Conservation and Restoration Science (MCRS) curriculum is designed for professional growth in the area of active, adaptive management.

Our students work closely with faculty and community partners in a rigorous, field-based program.

The learning experience culminates in a solution-based capstone project conducted in collaboration with one of our many community partners.

Capstone Project


The MCRS program prepares students to pursue careers that enable them to collaborate and lead in planning, designing, implementing, and managing environmental conservation and restoration activities in agency, non profit and for profit settings.

Careers for Graduates


  • Highly engaged academic and practitioner faculty
  • Interdisciplinary foundation
  • Leadership and management focus
  • Community-engaged projects
  • Partnerships with local agencies
  • Non-profits and businesses
Program Structure

Latest News

January 8, 2021

Are you interested in applying to our Fall 2021 cohort? Join our MCRS Academic Coordinator Courtney Hunt for a Q&A session on Friday, January 22nd from 12pm-1pm: https://rb.gy/pvg29w. Q&A Session Friday January 22nd 12:00PM - 1:00PM Register here:...

December 16, 2020

Tomorrow, recent MCRS graduate, Kevin Allison, will be speaking about his work at Tree of Life Nursery during the December CA Native Plant Society meeting. The genus Dudleya is a charismatic group of native succulents with many...


· Priority Review Deadline February 1st
· Regular Review Deadline April 1st
· Final Review Deadline July 1st

*Please Note: International student application deadline is June 1st