Ecology is a branch of biology that deals with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment. Four different specializations stand out: Quantitative Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Conservation Biology and Physiological Ecology. A Master’s Degree in Ecology aims to transform students into independent thinkers, researchers and decision-makers in ecology. It allows students to investigate the relationships of organisms to their environment and those factors that affect their distribution and abundance. Graduates from the Ecology program go on to high-level positions, both academic and non-academic, in the public and private sectors. In addition to professorships, graduates can be employed in a variety of positions including policy analysts, conservation directors, executives in nonprofit organizations and officers in government agencies.