MAT’s online learning opportunities provide access for today’s busy conservation professionals to educational material developed by industry experts focused on leadership, organizational and professional development. In fact, MAT exists specifically to help state fish and wildlife agencies, and their partners, with the organizational challenges they encounter while managing national resources today.

MAT currently offers 2 ways to learn online; the Conservation Leadership Program of Study, or enrollment in individual, “a la carte” online courses and webinars.

Conservation Leadership Program of Study (CLPS)

Students interested in participating in ongoing, certificate-based studies can enroll in MAT’s Conservation Leadership Program of Study (CLPS). MAT designed the CLPS to fit the needs of state fish and wildlife agency employees by delivering an exceptional leadership development experience. The CLPS is an affordable way to learn about leadership in various stages of professional growth and development.

“A La Cart” Enrollement

Student’s who want to focus on a particular subject matter, or who prefer to follow a more independent course of study and timeline are always welcome to register for and participate in MAT’s courses and webinars individually (without CLPS enrollment).

Online Asynchronous Courses

MAT‘s 4-8 week online courses are tailored specifically to the fish and wildlife profession. An interactive, instructor–led approach is used that is much more than just computer based training. The courses require that participants have reliable Internet access and basic computer skills to visit websites, create MS Word documents, and use email. The courses are challenging and require about five (5-10) hours of work each week.


MAT’s 1-2 hour webinars offer a shorter, more condensed, yet effective learning opportunity through a live instructor-led presentation, group discussions, and Q & A. Webinars allow for the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the added elements of synchronous learning, interactivity, and smaller, digestible chunks of content. All that is necessary to participate is a computer, internet connection, and a phone.