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Graduate Degrees

The Department of Ecology does not offer online degrees at this time.

M.S. in Biological Sciences

The M.S. in Biological Sciences covers a broad array of ecological topics and serves the needs of students whose thesis research addresses basic, fundamental ecological principles or of those conducting applied research not involving fish or wildlife management. It may be a terminal degree leading to professional employment as an ecologist, but may also lead to a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or other discipline. Coursework associated with this degree tends to emphasize fundamental principles of ecology.

The full program of study is determined by the graduate committee following the Graduate School degree requirements, usually after the student has completed the required oral qualifying exam during the second semester in the program. View the current degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog. The committee may require additional electives for completing a master's degree in the Department of Ecology.

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M.S. in Fish & Wildlife Management

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. Read more about the Fish and Wildlife Management Program here.

The full program of study is determined by the graduate committee following the Graduate School degree requirements, usually after the student has completed the required oral qualifying exam during the second semester in the program. View the current degree requirements in the Graduate Catalog. The committee may require additional electives for completing a master's degree in the Department of Ecology. 

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Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

The Ph.D. in Biological Sciences covers a broad array of ecological topics and serves the needs of students whose dissertation research addresses basic, fundamental ecological principles or of those conducting applied research not involving fish or wildlife management. It serves the interests of students primarily interested in research careers in federal or state agencies or in academic careers in ecology departments. Coursework associated with this degree tends to emphasize fundamental principles of ecology.

The full program of study is determined by the graduate committee following the Graduate School degree requirements, usually after the student has completed the required oral qualifying exam during the third semester in the program.

Courses taken while in a master’s degree program at M.S.U, beyond those listed on the master's Program of Study, may be used on an additional master’s program or a doctoral program at a later time.

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Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences

The Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences was developed jointly by the Departments of Ecology and Land Resources & Environmental Sciences as a broad interdisciplinary Ph.D. program open to graduate students in several departments in the Colleges of Letters & Science and Agriculture. The degree program was approved by the MUS Board of Regents in 2006, and now meets the interests of graduate students in Ecology in a broad array or subjects. Other participating departments include Animal and Range Sciences, Earth Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology, Plant Science and Plant Pathology, and the College of Nursing. For more information about this degree program, see the Ecology and Environmental Sciences website.

The full program of study is determined by the graduate committee following the Graduate School degree requirements, usually after the student has completed the required oral qualifying exam during the third semester in the program.

Courses taken while in a master’s degree program at M.S.U, beyond those listed on the master's Program of Study, may be used on an additional master’s program or a doctoral program at a later time.

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Ph.D. in Fish & Wildlife Biology

The Ph.D. in Fish & Wildlife Biology serves the needs of students whose dissertation research addresses an applied fish or wildlife management problem. It serves the interests of students primarily interested in research careers in federal or state fish and wildlife agencies or in academic careers in fish and wildlife departments. Coursework associated with this degree tends to emphasize applied fish and wildlife management. Read more about the Fish and Wildlife Management Program here.

The full program of study is determined by the graduate committee following the Graduate School degree requirements, usually after the student has completed the required oral qualifying exam during the third semester in the program.

Courses taken while in a master’s degree program at M.S.U, beyond those listed on the master's Program of Study, may be used on an additional master’s program or a doctoral program at a later time.

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