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The M.S. in Fish & Wildlife Management serves the needs of students whose thesis research addresses an applied fish or wildlife management problem. It may be a terminal degree leading to professional employment as a fisheries or wildlife biologist, but may also lead to a Ph.D. in Fish & Wildlife Biology or other discipline. Coursework associated with this degree tends to emphasize applied fish and wildlife management. The M.S. in Fish & Wildlife program has been our largest degree program for many years, and currently makes up about 45% of our graduate students, with 17 degrees granted in the last four years.

The student's graduate committee will work with the student following a required oral qualifying exam during the second semester in attendance to finalize one of the following required plans of study.  The committee may require additional electives for completing a master's degree in the Department of Ecology. Statistics courses may be recommended as electives.

M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management Programs

Wildlife Interest Program

Courses   Credits
BIOE 554 Foundations of Ecology & Mgmt 1
BIOE 555 Communication in Ecol Sciences 1
Choose two   6-7
BIOE 515 Landscape Ecol & Mgmt  
BIOE 521 Conservation Biology  
WILD 501 Appl Population Ecology  
WILD 504 Wildlife-Habitat Relationship  
WILD 525 Human Dimen FWL Management  
Electives (minimum)   11-12
Thesis   10

Fisheries Interest Program

Courses   Credits
BIOE 554 Foundations of Ecology & Mgmt 1
BIOE 555 Communication in Ecol Sciences 1
Choose two   6
WILD 510 Fisheries Science  
WILD 513 Fisheries Habitat Mgmt  
WILD 525 Human Dimen FWL Management  
Electives (minimum)   12
Thesis   10