MANAGEMENT OF CONSERVATION AREAS – international master program


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Together with the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences,  E.C.O. Institut für Ökologie offers the international master program Management of Conservation Areas.

The comprehensive academic education is unique in Europe. It allows career growth in protected areas (nature parks, national parks, biosphere reserves, world heritage sites or European protected areas), in research and education as well as in NGOs or international organizations. The key elements of skills-oriented education are international cooperation as well as transcultural learning and working.

The study program comprises 120 ECTS, culminating in a Masters degree (M.Sc.) graduation.

Start, Duration and Extent

The study program Management of Conservation Areas takes four semesters and can be completed while working full-time. In total, 64 attendance days are structured into eight modules of five to 13 days each. The courses take place at the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences as well as in selected protected areas in Central and Eastern Europe.

Next round: October 2019 – October 2021 (Application deadline: June 30, 2019)


The study program Management of Conservation Areas is theory-based, practical and oriented towards the international state of the art. The students acquire:

  • comprehensive overview of the tasks and functions of protected areas from a global perspective,
  • comprehensive access to instruments and technologies for the management of protected areas,
  • the personal competencies to analyze and solve problems that occur in the planning and managing of protected areas
  • innovative learning methods, interactions with a great number of participants as well as field trips support the learning success.


The master program Management of Conservation Areas is embedded in a dense network of cooperation partners. An international scientific board ensures the scientific excellence of the teaching and the final theses. An Austrian experience pool is an interface to experiences and best practice examples in Austria. In the institutional board, important international organizations are represented.

Additionally, a global network of regional contact persons is available for anyone interested.

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