Every year I find myself advising a few students interested in masters programs in systematics. Most of these students express an interest in earning a doctoral degree, but lack the research experience required to know whether a PhD program is right for them or to be competitive for the best doctoral programs. My problem as an adviser is that I just don't know about many masters programs that are appropriate for such students. Because I'm sure there are plenty of programs out there, I'm asking for your help in finding them. By having this discussion on the blog, I'm hopefully that other students and advisers will be able to benefit from the information we're able to share.
In addition to inviting comments to this post, I'd like to invite anyone involved in a masters program in systematics to submit a brief blurb about their program as a guest post on Dechronization. Just send a concise one paragraph statement to me via e-mail (rglor -at- ur.rochester.edu), being sure to include information on how your students are funded and whether your program is course- or research-based.