We offer M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. Students specialize in either Fisheries or Wildlife Science. Coursework is tailored to the interest and needs of the students in consultation with the student's graduate committee.
Successful applicants to our program usually have grade point averages above 3.5/4.0 (over the last 60 semester hours) and GRE scores at or above 156 (550 on old scale) in verbal and 148 (600 in old scale) in quantitative and analytical areas. Discipline-related experience is always a plus. Students with backgrounds in fisheries, wildlife, or natural resource management tend to be accepted at a higher rate than students with degrees in biology or environmental sciences. Although obviously there are many similarities between the fields, having a solid ecological background, an applied perspective, and background in policy and management is very helpful as you pursue an advanced degree in fisheries and wildlife.
If you do not have a B.S. in a resource management field, and you have the opportunity to take courses in natural resource management or fisheries and wildlife management, you would increase your chances of acceptance. You also might gain a better feel for whether you'd prefer enrolling in an ecology program or a fisheries and wildlife program. We accept students only when a faculty member has financial resources to support stipend, tuition, and research expenses.
Updated lists of available positions are posted on the department's webpage. Please check the list of available positions on a regular basis to see if there are opportunities for the upcoming semesters that match your research interests. Please be aware that we receive some funding opportunities at the last minute. It will be worth re-checking this web site periodically. You may want to check the list of faculty research and academic interests and correspond with a particular faculty member about likely openings in the next year or two. If you submit a formal application, you will be considered for any openings.
All graduate students must conduct M.S. research projects, in addition to course work chosen in consultation with an advisory committee. Research projects are designed in a student-written research working plan that is approved by the advisory committee. In almost all cases, students are funded on research contracts or teaching assistantships, both of which require substantial work outside of degree requirements. Most graduates are expected to satisfy certification requirements for either the American Fisheries Society or The Wildlife Society; this may require additional course work by students entering the program from other disciplines. All students must deliver at least two seminars and write a semi-technical manuscript about their research. Doctoral students are required to complete a diagnostic assessment of their competencies in five areas of knowledge within the first semester in residence and must teach at least one semester, regardless of funding source. All students are expected to participate in the professional and collegial life of the department and its professional specialty by attending seminars and professional meetings, participating in student organizations, and serving on departmental and professional committees.