Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology (CONS) Graduate Program

A Message from CONS Director, Dr. Karen Lips, on 2013 Admissions

Dear Prospective CONSers,

Thanks for your interest in the CONS M.S. Program at the University of Maryland. As has been the case in the past several years, we received a strong and deep pool of excellent applicants again this year.  Most applicants far exceeded our admissions standards, and we would have loved to admit the many outstanding applicants.  However, due to funding limitations, we can only accept 15-20 students per year, forcing us to make some tough decisions.

This year we had 88 total applications: 38 PPCN and 50 CONS. We will be sending out letters of admission to the top 13 candidates. We have also identified 22 students for our waitlist, and we will contact them should any of our admission offers be turned down.  The remaining ~53 applicants will receive a letter indicating that their application has been closed.

The quantitative measures for students offered admission in first round of offers are almost identical to those from last year:

Mean GPA 3.72 (range 3.2 – 4.0)
Mean GRE verbal 160 (84%)
Mean GRE quantitative 159 (76%)
Mean GRE analytical writing 4.7 (76%)

Our admissions decisions were made on the complete application, and based on the committee’s overall perception of the candidate's quality and fit with the program.  No one item determined acceptance or rejection. Given the large number of excellent applications, we were able to select students outstanding in all categories.  We evaluated the following items: personal statement, scores (GPA, GRE), recommendations (written letters, rankings), evidence of leadership, academic preparedness (quantitative skills, ecology, economics, policy courses), and evidence of real-world experience (internships, research experience, work experience, Peace Corps/Americorps).

You will soon be able to login to the University of Maryland Graduate Admissions webpage to verify your status shortly; admitted and waitlisted students will receive an email or letter with additional information. Please do not write us for advice on how to improve your application – instead please check our and "Prospective Students" sections for advice for future application seasons.

On behalf of all in the CONS program, we wish you all the best of luck in your future career.

Sincerely,
Dr.Karen Lips
Director CONS Program

 

Quick Links for Prospective Students

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Information on the CONS 2012 Cohort

For the 2012 class, the CONS program received 89 total applications: 28 PPCN and 61 CONS. An offer of admissions was given to 15 applicants. The quantitative measures for the 15 students we will offer admission are:

Mean GPA 3.64 (range 3.3 - 4.0)
Mean GRE verbal 592 (84%)
Mean GRE quantitative 709 (76%)
Mean GRE analytical writing 4.5 (67%)

Our admissions decisions were made on the complete application, and based on the committee's overall perception of the candidate's quality and fit with the program. No one item determined acceptance or rejection. Given the large number of excellent applications, we were able to select students outstanding in all categories. We evaluated the following items: scores (GPA, GRE), recommendations (written letters, rankings), evidence of leadership, academic preparedness (quantitative skills, ecology, economics, policy courses), and evidence of real-world experience (internships, research experience, work experience, Peace Corps/Americorps).

 

Information for Current CONSers

Classes offered in Fall 2013 are now available at www.testudo.umd.edu. This Fall, the following core options will be available:

  • AREC 453: Natural Resources and Public Policy (Economics Core Option)
  • AREC 785/ECON785: Advanced Economics of Natural Resources (Economics Core Option)
  • PUAF 640: Microeconomic and Policy Analysis (Economics Core Option)
  • MEES 650/ENST 650: Wetland Ecology(Ecology Core Option)

In addition to the core courses listed above, the CONS administration would like to make students aware of the statistics classes being offered. We strongly recommend that CONSers take at least one of the classes below during their time at University of Maryland.  

  • BIOM 601: Biostatistics I
  • BIOM 603: Biostatistics II
  • ENTM 798V: Introduction to R for Computation and Analysis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • MEES 607: Quantitative Methods in Environmental Sciences
  • MEES 608R: Seminar in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences; Spatial Analysis and Modeling in R

 

CONS Travel Funds

CONS Students: Thinking about attending a conference or presenting your scholarly paper?
Click here for information about how to apply for CONS travel funds! 

 

Where can a CONS degree take you?
Click here to view our latest alumni profile! 

 

Check out the latest CONS News!

Scholarly Papers

Progress Checklists:

 

 

CONSentrations/ Specializations (.pdf)

CONS Program Brochure (.pdf)

Student Internships

Financial Aid Information

On- and Off-Campus Sustainability Resources


 

Contact the CONS program

Graduate Program in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology
MEES Suite
1213 H.J. Patterson Hall
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742

Email: consoffice@umd.edu
Telephone: 301-405-7409
Fax: 301-314-4139

CONS Office Hours - Summer 2013

Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

If you have questions about the CONS program please email us at consoffice@umd.edu. If you would prefer to call, our phone number is 301-405-7409. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a voicemail and we will get back to as soon as possible. 

 

Directions to our Office

From Stamp Student Union, cross Campus Drive. We are located in H.J. Patterson Hall, which is directly south of the Campus health center (the building directly across from Stamp Student Union). You will see our building located behind the main bus stop. Walk across the small parking lot and enter in the glass door right off the parking lot. The CONS office is in the MEES Suite in Room 1213.

You can get a campus map at the information desk in Stamp Student Union, or click here. (.pdf)

For directions to campus, please click here.