Master's in Tropical Ecology & Conservation

College of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Degree
Master's in Tropical Ecology & Conservation
Duration

4 semesters and 1 summer session

Subjects: 14

Total credits: 58

Teaching Mode
Face to face learning
Schedule

The number of daily hours may vary, depending on the timetable of each day. Field trips may occasionally include weekends.

Start of Classes
August, 2023
(august every two years)
Approval

RPC-SO-19-No.411-2020, August 26, 2020

Total Cost

$14.729
Fees: $1.339
Tuition: $13.390

Value with scholarship for Ecuadorians and residents*: $11,500.

* Students may apply for additional scholarships, depending on the student's economic and geographic background.

Applies for new cohorts: academic year 2023-2025.

Application Examination Dates

January to April 2023.

Programme-specific knowledge test:

January 28, 2023

February 25, 2023

March 25, 2023

April 29, 2023

Postgraduate Admission Exam dates will be in the same period (January to April 2023).

Priority for scholarships will be given to applicants who apply during the first two application dates.

USFQ Admission test: Dates for this test will be offered during the same period of the Programme-specific Knowledge Test and will be anonced shortly.

Description

This graduate program aims to form professionals who will contribute to understanding the ecological processes that regulate populations, communities, and ecosystems in the tropics in an evolutionary framework. It also seeks to provide tools for fostering biodiversity conservation and developing plans for ecological restoration, maintenance of environmental services, and adaptation/mitigation in the face of global climate change.

Aplicant's profile

This program is designed for professionals with degrees in Biology, Genetics, Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Ecology, and related disciplines. In case of degrees obtained outside of Ecuador, the title will have to be apostilled or certified via the country’s consular office in Ecuador. The USFQ will verify the validity of the degree, following the Ecuadorian legislation. Once accepted, the applicant will have to register the degree at SENESCYT (the National Secretariat for Superior Education, Science, and Technology) before the program's start date.

Workfield

Our graduates will be prepared to do independent research and work as part of inter and multidisciplinary groups in educational, research or conservation institutions, governmental or non-governmental organizations dedicated to areas related to ecology and conservation, or continue their path towards an academic career.

Advantages

The Master’s in Tropical Ecology and Conservation at USFQ conjugates a great diversity of advantages that allow our graduate students to:

  • Obtain a solid theoretical and practical education based on research, offered and supervised by the best faculty in Tropical Ecology and Conservation in Ecuador.
  • Have access to excellent research laboratories in Marine Ecology (Galapagos Islands), Aquatic Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Biotecnology, and Environmental Engineering, among others.
  • Take advantage of research opportunities in our biological stations in the Galapagos Islands and Tiputini (Yasuní National Park), and Tandayapa (Andean Choco Biosphere Reserve), and the network of nature reserves managed by our strategic partners.
  • Be part of the team of the research institutes and centers of the USFQ: Instituto Biósfera, iBIOTROP, Instituto de Geografía, Instituto de Ecología Aplicada, Instituto de Microbiología, and Galapagos Science Center.
  • Learn in a program taught in English, with international invited professors, and a modern perspective towards basic and applied research, which will offer opportunities to connect with researchers and research labs in Ecuador and countries around the world.

Requirements to apply

Basic requirements (requested by the USFQ Graduate School)

  • To have an undergraduate degree in Biology, Genetics, Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Ecology, and related disciplines. The diploma must have Apostille or be certified via the consular office of the issuing country in Ecuador. Once accepted, the applicant will have to register the degree at SENESCYT (the National Secretariat for Superior Education, Science, and Technology) before the program's start date.
  • Proof of English proficiency, equivalent to B1 level of the Common European Framework. Proficiency may be proved by taking the USFQ English exam or providing certification for taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge exams within the last 2 years.
  • Copy of identification document (passport or Ecuadorian cédula).
  • Official transcripts.
  • Degree registered at SENESCYT (once accepted).
  • To approve the USFQ Graduate School exam. To take this exam (in Spanish), please go to /en/admissions/postgraduate

Specific Requirements of the Master’s Program

  • To approve the Program-specific Knowledge Test (questions will have a "short essay" approach). The exam will be offered online using the USFQ D2L system. Applicants must demonstrate their capability in the integration of knowledge and analysis of case studies on basic tenants of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, and Experimental Design. The exam will be developed in English to evaluate the student 's writing skills and synthesis ability in this language. For the exam, check the list of subjects here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9khsdkzij0j7d4k/Subject%20list-Exam-METC.pdf?dl=0

If you need access to books to prepare for the exam, please contact Irina Muñoz at imunozr@usfq.edu.ec

  • Complete Application Form for the Master's Program. In this form, the applicants will select their preferred date to take the Program-specific Knowledge Test. Also, they will have to select the scholarship to which they would like to apply (maximum two). Finally, they will have to attach the following documents in PDF format:
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Letter of intent, in English, explaining the student’s interest in becoming part of the Master's Program.
  • Two academic/professional references, including full names, email, and institutional affiliation. The program Director will request the referees to fill out the Reference Form (in English or Spanish) to complete the application process.
  • If this were the case, upload additional requirements for each scholarship (see FUNDING section).
  • Once the Application Form is validated, the aspirant will be contacted for an interview face-to-face at USFQ Cumbayá campus or online if the aspirant is not in Quito, with the Admissions Committee.

Application Form: https://form.jotform.com/203246069309051

Funding

Scholarships are available only for Ecuadorian citizens and residents. Applicants must indicate the scholarship of interest (maximum two) in the Application Form (see the Requirements to Apply section) and, if applicable, upload the additional requirements requested for each scholarship.

Scholarships are not additive, and the decision on their allocation will be made by the Admissions Committee once the applicants have been accepted into the program.

Scholarships available for the 2023 cohort are:

4 scholarships of 50% of the tuition of the Master's Program.

  • Two scholarships from the USFQ Dean of Research to applicants who demonstrate excellent academic training (assessed through their application) and research experience (demonstrated through publications).
  • Two scholarships from the Master´s Program to applicants who demonstrate excellent academic training (assessed through their application) and research experience (demonstrated through publications). To maintain this scholarship, the student must obtain a Grade Point Average (GPA) equal to or greater than 3.5/4.00 during their training process.

2 scholarships of $3000 discount of the tuition of the Master´s Program

  • One scholarship from the Galapagos Science Center (GSC USFQ-UNC) Chapell Hill to applicants who demonstrate excellent academic training (assessed through their application) and show interest in working on projects in the Galapagos, under the supervision of researchers associated with this center.

    To apply, it is preferable that one of the letters of recommendation submitted by the applicant be from a researcher from the GSC USFQ-UNC and that he/she shows interest in advising his/her final thesis project. In addition, in the Application Form (see Requirements section), the applicant must upload a summary of up to 250 words of the project to be developed.
    The list of USFQ researchers associated with the GSC is available at this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/s9okh0qno4ojwjw/GSC-SFQresearchers.pdf?dl=0More information about GSC: https://www.galapagosscience.org/
  • One scholarship from the USFQ Geography Institute (USFQ-GI) to an applicant who demonstrates excellent academic training (assessed through his/her application) and show interest in working on projects associated USFQ Geography Institute.

    To apply, the applicant must write a paragraph of up to 250 words describing his/her interest in joining and contributing to a specific USFQ-GI project; or instead, presenting a project idea aligned with the interests of the institute.

1 scholarship of 100% of the tuition of the Master´s Program plus monthly stipend.

  • One scholarship from the Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity to an applicant who demonstrates excellent academic training (assessed through his/her application), who demonstrate a vast experience in ornithological research and interest in participating in the project "Ecology and biogeography of birds of the Polylepis forests". In addition, the Center for Global Mountain Biodiversity will award the winning applicant a monthly stipend of $500 from August 2023 to May 2024.

El costo total del programa puede cancelarse en cuatro cuotas que corresponden con el número de períodos académicos ordinarios del programa. Cada cuota puede cancelarse en efectivo, cheque, crédito estudiantil, o tarjeta de crédito.

Tarjeta de crédito o débito: puedes realizar tu pago a través de nuestro Sistema de Pago En Línea, accediendo al link: https://btnpagos.usfq.edu.ec/pagos/

  • Aceptamos todas las tarjetas nacionales e internacionales.
  • Puedes diferir tus pagos con tarjetas emitidas por: Diners, Discover, Visa Titanium, Banco Guayaquil, Banco Pichincha, Banco Bolivariano, Produbanco y Banco del Austro.
    • Pagos por años: hasta 12 meses sin intereses.
    • Pagos por toda la carrera: el mismo tiempo de duración de la carrera sin intereses
    • Para todas las opciones se habilitaron los diferidos de hasta 36 meses con intereses en caso de requerir un plazo superior.

Transferencia, depósitos: puedes realizar tu depósito o transferencia con los siguientes datos y carga el comprobante en el Sistema de Pago En Línea en el link: https://btnpagos.usfq.edu.ec/pagos/

 Titular: Universidad San Francisco de Quito USFQ

  • RUC: 1791836154001
  • Banco Pichincha: Cuenta Corriente No. 3407330004
  • Banco Bolivariano: Cuenta Corriente No. 5075003350

Otras opciones de pago 

Para mayor información puedes comunicarte con nosotros a los siguientes contactos.
Maria Eugenia Salazar: mesalazar@usfq.edu.ec.  Teléfono: 02-297-1991
Robert González: rgonzalez@usfq.edu.ec. Teléfono: 02-297-189

El costo del programa incluye matrícula, material académico, acceso a los recursos electrónicos de la USFQ, y atenciones durante el Programa.


BECAS

Para optar a todas las becas, los aspirantes deberán primero pasar por el proceso de aplicación y ser aceptados en el programa. Las becas disponibles son las siguientes.

Becas del 100% (2)

Estas becas aplican a los estudiantes dispuestos a participar en el proyecto “Characterization of the impacts of grazing on GHG emissions in high-elevation paramo peatlands of the Ecuadorian Andes”. Para más información del proyecto, consultar el sitio https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=2915945761973442&set=a.1745665629001467.
Para solicitar esta beca, los aspirantes solo deberán hacer “click” en la sección de Becas del Formulario de Aplicación del programa. Una vez aceptado (a) en el programa, cada aspirante tendrá una entrevista con el Dr. Esteban Suárez, Coordinador del proyecto.

Becas del 50% del arancel del programa (2)

Las becas del 50% del costo del programa están concebidas para aspirantes que demuestren excelente formación académica (valorada a través de su aplicación) y demuestren necesidades económicas. 

Para aplicar a estas becas los estudiantes deberán completar un proceso de evaluación de su situación económica, que es liderado por la Oficina de Ayuda Financiera de la USFQ. De requerir esta beca, los aspirantes deberán indicarlo en el Formulario de Aplicación para que la Dirección del Programa los ponga en contacto con dicha oficina.

Para mantener esta beca, los estudiantes deberán mantener un promedio (GPA) mayor a 3.5/4 puntos.

Becas de descuento de $2.500 (Dos mil quinientos dólares) del arancel del programa (6)

Estas becas han sido concebidas para aspirantes que demuestren una excelente formación académica valorada a través de su aplicación. Para solicitar esta beca, los aspirantes solo deberán hacer “click” en la sección de Becas del Formulario de Aplicación del programa.

Para mantener esta beca, los estudiantes deberán mantener un promedio (GPA) mayor a 3.5/4 puntos.

Beca del Galapagos Science Center USFQ-UNC Chapell Hill (1)

Beca de descuento de $3.000 (tres mil dólares) del arancel del programa 
Esta beca está concebida para aspirantes que demuestren excelente formación académica (valorada a través de su aplicación) y que estén dispuestos a trabajar en proyectos en Galápagos, bajo la supervisión de investigadores asociados a este centro de investigación. Para optar a esta beca, es preferible que una de las cartas de recomendación sea de un profesor de la maestría asociado al GSC que exprese interés en asesorar al aspirante en su proyecto de tesis. Además, los aspirantes solo deberán hacer “click” (para esta beca) en la sección de Becas del Formulario de Aplicación del programa.

Beca del Instituto de Geografía USFQ (1)

Beca de descuento de $3.000 (tres mil dólares) del arancel del programa 
Esta beca está concebida para aspirantes que demuestren excelente formación académica (valorada a través de su aplicación) y que estén dispuestos a trabajar en proyectos del Instituto de Geografía. Además, los aspirantes solo deberán hacer “click” (para esta beca) en la sección de Becas del Formulario de Aplicación del programa.
Para conocer más sobre los proyectos que desarrolla el Instituto de Geografía, visita http://institutodegeografia.org/

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