University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Systems Ecology M.S.

Master of Science - Systems Ecology

Degree Specific Credits: 30

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • At least 30 graduate semester credits. Specific courses will be selected in consultation with the graduate committee to support the research program and student's career goals.
  • As many as 10 credits may be research or thesis (BIOS 597/BIOS 599), and at least 10 credits of the non-thesis coursework must be at the 500-level or above.
  • Master's students must complete their program-of-study within five years.
    Required Courses
    BIOS 532Ecosystem Ecology4
    BIOS 534Integrated Systems Ecology3
    BIOS 594Seminar (two semesters)1-6

Other Requirements

  • Research Statement – a short written description of preliminary research ideas.
  • Research Proposal – a formal research proposal presenting the conceptual and empirical framework of the research.
  • Defense – written thesis, seminar, and defense.