Urban Ecology



Urban Ecology is one of the fastest-growing subfields of ecology, and a graduate degree from Hofstra University will position you to fill the increasing demand for professionals who understand the complex interactions between human and habitat in cities and suburbs. Choose either a Master of Science (MS) or a Master of Arts (MA) in Urban Ecology. You will be prepared for a wide range of career paths – from education and environmental consulting to conservation and natural resource management – with a rigorous academic foundation and experience conducting advanced, cutting-edge research that addresses critical conservation, development and ecological challenges. Scholarships are available for qualified candidates.

Program Highlights

Program Details

Visit the Hofstra campus or connect with the graduate admissions team. We will answer your questions and put you in touch with program faculty or degree candidates to learn more. Contact us at, or call 516-463-4723.

MS and MA in Urban Ecology Programs

To be considered for the Urban Ecology graduate programs, you must have a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) in biology, environmental sciences, or a closely related discipline, and completed introductory coursework in:

  • Basic cell biology and genetics
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
  • Organismal diversity
  • Plant and animal biology

You must have also completed upper-level coursework in:

  • Chemistry (1 year)
  • Ecology or environmental science
  • Mathematics (1 year)

Start your application online where you can upload the following documents:

  • Transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities. You may initially submit unofficial copies of your transcripts for your application review online, but official transcripts will be required once you are accepted into the program.
  • GRE scores.
  • Two letters of reference addressing your potential for graduate studies.
  • Written statement explaining your rationale for pursuing this graduate degree.

Visit the Urban Ecology program page to learn more.

International students: Please review additional admission requirements.

If you are a current Hofstra student interested in pursuing the dual undergraduate/graduate programs, please contact your academic advisor.

Apply to the Urban Ecology graduate programs at Hofstra at any time with our rolling admissions policy.

MS in Urban Ecology

An MS in Urban Ecology is awarded to students that successfully complete 30 semester hours of coursework. Visit the program page to learn more.

MA in Urban Ecology

An MA in Urban Ecology is awarded to students that successfully complete 33 semester hours of coursework. Visit the program page to learn more.

Faculty Profiles

Steve M. Raciti

Dr. Steve Raciti, Assistant Professor, studies the interactions between plants, soils, and biogeochemical cycles in the context of urbanization and global change. The goal of his work is to provide scientific knowledge that enables effective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mitigate nonpoint source nutrient pollution, manage forests and green spaces, and inform land development policies in urban and urbanizing areas.

Meet Dr. Raciti

Nicholas Santangelo

Dr. Nicholas Santangelo, assistant professor of biology, is director of graduate studies for urban ecology and biology. With a focus on fish, his research focuses on understanding behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective. Among his local field work is a project exploring the breeding habits of horseshoe crabs and the parameters of their habitats on Long Island.

Meet Dr. Santangelo

Russell Burke

Dr. Russell Burke, an urban ecologist and former chair of Hofstra’s Biology Department, has devoted his career to studying the habits and habitats of city wildlife, which are increasingly popping up in some very public places. Like Runway 4L at John F. Kennedy Airport, where hundreds of turtles have delayed flights, or lower Manhattan, Riverside Park and Long Island City – all spots where coyotes have been spotted in recent years.

Meet Dr. Burke
Steve M. Raciti
Nicholas Santangelo
Russell Burke

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How to Apply

Earn the professional recognition and personal achievement you seek with a graduate degree from Hofstra University. Whether you study online or on campus, full or part time, you will benefit from small class settings with nationally recognized faculty and a community of peers all contributing to a transformative learning experience. Questions? Call 516-463-4723 or email our graduate admission team at