How to Apply, Tuition & Funding Options for the MCL Program

MCL Admission Requirements

  • 3 years working experience in the field of conservation post bachelor's degree
  • A B- (70%) average in the last completed degree

We welcome applicants from conventional and non-conventional educational pathways. If you are interested in the MCL program and have a lower average in the last completed degree but hold considerable conservation leadership experience, contact us at to discuss admission options.


How to Apply

Prospective graduate students must apply to the University of Guelph online, through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Visit the Graduate Studies website to begin your application process.

After submitting an online application for the MCL program, you will be invited to submit required documents through the University of Guelph's online system, WebAdvisor. See the detailed application guide for more information.

The application deadline for the S24 program intake is now CLOSED. Please check our website again in Fall 2024 for the deadline for S25 program intake. The application deadline is usually early January.

If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, contact


Tuition for this program is $4,800 per semester, which includes:

  • all the courses
  • course material
  • monthly discussions with conservation leaders
  • leadership assessment and access to leadership coach

Tuition for international students is $6,000 per semester.

Residency Fee

There will be an additional fee for the residencies, which will not exceed $4,000 total over the course of the program, with no single residency fee exceeding $1,500. The fee includes all accommodations, program costs, and some meals, as well as honoraria for elders, and other non-curricular aspects of the program, but does not include travel to the residency site.

Program Funding

Several program funding options are available to you in the Master of Conservation Leadership. Most students accepted into the MCL program have been successful in receiving funding. Our scholarships include:

Scholarship Name Value Eligibility How to Apply
Billes Conservation Leadership Scholarship 5 awards of $8,000 This scholarship is available to incoming students with excellent applications No application required
Two Eyed Seeing/Etuaptmumk Indigenous Scholarship 1 award of $10,000 This scholarship is available to an incoming Indigenous student Apply by letter to the department by February 15 of the cohort year