MS in Integrative Biological Diversity


A student wishing to obtain a MS in Integrated Biological Diversity must hold a baccalaureate degree in biology, environmental science, or related program.  The program welcomes students from diverse educational backgrounds (including non-science majors) who have experience or have completed coursework related to biodiversity. The applicant should have an undergraduate cumulative average of at least 3.0 on a GPA scale of 1–­4 or a recommendation from the graduate program coordinator.

Application materials:
Prospective students should create an applicant profile with graduate programs. Completed applications should include a graduate application, all undergraduate transcripts, and a 500-word essay explaining why they would like to join the program.  Students can enroll full-time or part-time.  Priority for receiving funding from graduate assistantships and/or grant-funded training fellowships will be given to full-time students, who have successfully completed the stewardship seminar course.  The deadline to submit an application for Summer or Fall admission is March 15.  Applications may be accepted after this deadline on a case-by-case basis.  Contact Dr. Theodora Pinou for more information at

Interested students should email the program chairperson, Dr. Theodora Pinou and submit all application materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Western Connecticut State University
181 White Street
Danbury CT 06810

Grant-funded opportunities or other sponsored student fellowships and assistantship stipends may be available to qualified students, but do not typically come with a tuition waiver. Click here for more information about student funding.

Veterans: We welcome veterans to apply to our program as many of the existing research programs are well-aligned with veteran’s field training.  For more information about veterans at WCSU, visit: