Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $75
  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $18,584
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $39,371
  • Financial Aid Available

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Degrees Offered

MS in Environmental Conservation (EC), MS in Environmental Observation & Informatics (EOI)

Our Program

The Environmental Conservation and Environmental Observation & Informatics MS programs are for problem solvers ready to turn science into action.

Our MS programs train students to think critically, to integrate knowledge and technology into their work, and to collaborate effectively with stakeholders and decision makers. Our graduates are prepared to navigate pressing social and environmental challenges, to impact environmental policy, and to generate real, on the ground results.

Our training programs culminate in an individual, professional project experience at a leading conservation organization. Together, we work to match you with an organization or individual in our global network of practitioners that can help you create a unique and meaningful hands-on project.

Our accelerated programs span just 15 months where all students start together in June and graduate the following August. Students quickly build lasting professional relationships and develop strong networks of alumni, faculty, stakeholders and decision-makers that are tackling today’s complex environmental challenges. If you believe complex environmental problems can be solved, become part of the solution and join us as we work to make the world a better place.


  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $75


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  • checkbox-alt Personal Statement
  • checkbox-alt 2 Letters of Recommendation
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Additional Requirements

Application fees can be paid by credit card. International applicants must pay an additional $6 international document processing fee. Our program office may offer application fee waivers to students who show a demonstrated financial need.

Application Deadline

December 1 priority admissions deadline, February 1 final deadline for international applicants, March 1 final deadline for domestic applicants. We accept applications on a rolling basis based on available seats.

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound 25 Students
  • Female

    female 75% Female
  • Male

    male 25% Male


  • checkbox-alt Our goal is to have cohorts of around 25 students in both the Environmental Conservation and Environmental Observation & Informatics MS programs
  • checkbox-alt The strength of our programs is in the diversity of our students. Cohorts include students who want to advance in the environmental field, those who are continuing their professional path, or those who are ready for something completely different. Whatever the background, we welcome students who want to make a difference in the world.

Tuition & Financial Aid

  • Average In-State Tuition

    grad-in-state $18,584
  • Average Out-of-State Tuition

    grad-out-state $39,371

Additional Information

  • checkbox-alt Work-study Programs Available
  • checkbox-alt Financial Aid Available
  • checkbox-alt Application Fee Waivers Available
  • checkbox-alt Minnesota average tuition is $27,197
  • checkbox-alt Average tuition assistance award is approximately $3,000 for Wisconsin residents, $5,000 for Minnesota residents, and $12,000 for out of state residents
  • checkbox-alt The Nelson Institute also has an MS and PhD program in Environment & Resources, and an MS program in Water Resources Management. See for more information.