Plant Biology and Conservation, MS

Arizona State University's School of Life Sciences offers a unique Master’s of Science degree in Plant Biology and Conservation. This degree program, offered in collaboration with Desert Botanical Garden, addresses a growing need for plant conservation biologists in academic institutions, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.  

If you want to continue with a PhD, or seek a career as a practitioner in the public or private sector, then this degree is a great option. Our program provides you with advanced training in plant ecology, evolution and floristics, and theory and practice in conservation biology. 

You will have opportunities to work with faculty from ASU and research and conservation staff from Desert Botanical Garden, located just 2.5 miles from the ASU Tempe campus.

To meet the demands of conserving plant resources in a rapidly changing world, this degree has three major areas of focus:

  • plant sciences
  • quantitative skills
  • human dimensions

The thesis and and 30 hours of coursework will provide you with an intellectual foundation and practical, hands-on experience necessary for a career in conservation biology.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted Oct. 1 - Dec. 15, with a preference date of Dec. 1.
The Plant Biology and Conservation Master's program admits one group of students annually to start their program the following August.  

There is no guarantee that applications received after Dec. 15 will be reviewed. In January, the top applicants will be invited to a recruitment event scheduled in mid- to late-February. 

Before applying, we encourage you to read our Tips for Applying.

We will notify you of your admissions status by April 15. 

Desired qualifications:

  • Research experience 
  • Undergraduate GPA minimum 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  • GRE scores: 50% Verbal and 70% Quantitative 
  • International students: TOEFL score of 100, or IELTS score of 6.5

Note: Your application is evaluated based on your entire application package.

To apply, follow the How and When to Apply link below.

 You will be asked to:

  1. Review the university standards, degree program timelines and application requirements
  2. Complete the graduate admission application
  3. Send official transcripts, general GRE scores and language tests (international students only) to graduate admissions services
  4. Fill out the academic record form and upload it 
  5. Submit a non-refundable application fee

Degree Offered

Plant Biology and Conservation, MS
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

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Application Deadlines

Applications for Fall 2019 accepted:  Oct. 1-Dec. 15, 2018
Priority deadline:  Dec. 1, 2018

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