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Department of Ecology

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173460
Bozeman, MT 59717-3460

Tel: (406) 994-4548
Fax: (406) 994-3190
Location: 310 Lewis Hall

Department Chair

Dr. David Roberts

ecology@montana.edu

M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management

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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
Landscape Ecol & Mgmt
Conservation Biology
Appl Population Ecology
Wildlife-Habitat Relationship
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
Fisheries Science
Fisheries Habitat Mgmt
Human Dimen FWL Management
Electives (minimum) 12
Thesis 10